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London Heathrow Airport will ‘deep clean’ its terminals in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus at the airport.

In an interview with BBC Radio, Heathrow Airport CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “We are doing reasonable precautions which do go beyond those recommendations (from Public Health England) just to make sure people stay safe and are reassured.

He added that the airport is focusing on cleaning its handrails, as well as making sure that plentiful supplies of hand sanitiser are available to staff and passengers.

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On 25 February, an aircraft at Heathrow Airport had to return to the terminal after a passenger panicked and refused to travel to Italy.

The airport is also considering passenger temperature monitoring if directed by health authorities.

World Health Organisation stated that good hand hygiene should help people avoid contracting the virus.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travellers should not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The epidemic has so far killed more than 2,750 and infected more than 81,000 people around the world.

The UK has currently confirmed 11 cases of the infection, including four from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with no deaths reported yet.

Last week, the Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel hotel at London Heathrow Airport was block-booked to serve as a potential quarantine zone for people entering the UK with Covid-19 coronavirus symptoms.