Passengers Screened for Coronavirus Symptoms at Guangzhou Metro Station

Chinese officials have started to screen passengers for coronavirus symptoms at Metro stations in Guangzhou, China, as they attempt to stop the spread of the virus that has killed at least 18 people as of January 23.

One commuter recorded a video that showed some of the screenings taking place inside a Metro station, with Chinese authorities taking the temperatures of passengers before they are allowed to board trains.

According to a situation report posted by the World Health Organization on January 22, health officials are taking temperatures and installing infrared monitors in heavily trafficked transport areas to try to help contain the outbreak.

Though millions traditionally travel across China for Lunar New Year, which falls on January 25 this year, authorities have canceled large celebrations in places such as Beijing, and even put the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began, under partial lockdown in attempts to stop the virus from spreading. Credit: Anonymous via Storyful