Passengers at Heathrow say they were just given a leaflet and waved through despite coronavirus fear

Mail Online | 1/22/2020 | Henry Martin For Mailonline
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Passengers landing at Heathrow from the Chinese city of Wuhan - centre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak - described an easy arrival through the airport as fears grow over the disease.

Holiday-makers arriving from the virus-hit city expressed their shock as they were met by a health team and given a warning leaflet before they were let directly though the airport after baggage reclaim and immigration checks.

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Chinese authorities are quarantining Wuhan - which has a population of 11 million - cracking down on anyone leaving the city except in the case of special circumstances.

The coronavirus has now killed 17 people and health experts warn the outbreak may already be in Britain. The UK Foreign Office advised against 'all but essential travel' to the Chinese city.

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Public Health England said that 'enhanced monitoring' - including a Port Health team who will meet each direct flight aircraft - would be in place for Wuhan arrivals from January 22.

But passengers, who were handed an advice leaflet advising them to contact health professionals if they display symptoms, described an otherwise regular arrival through baggage reclaim and customs.

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One passenger explained how her home city had shut off all public transport because of the growing fears of the killer disease.

Ni Yu, 24, said: 'Today Wuhan stopped all public transport, trains, aeroplanes and buses. We were allowed to fly because it was before the deadline. I am worried about it.

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'When we landed we weren't segregated. It took us two hours to get from the plane to arrivals because of immigration, they had to check our passports.

'All we were given was the mask and the check of our temperature. We were told to ring the NHS 111 if we start feeling ill and that's it.'

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