Singapore’s Changi airport is stepping up measures to safeguard and protect the health of airport workers, passengers and visitors amid the growing coronavirus crisis.

The operator of the major Asian gateway said it is vital Changi remains operational at all times.

The number of hand sanitisers in the terminals has been increased  from about 160 previously to more than 1,200, according to Changi Airport Group (CAG).

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The frequency of airport cleaning has been doubled with extra disinfecting of frequently used areas such as door knobs and handles, touchscreens, handrails, counter tops, railings at taxi and bus queues, lift buttons, water coolers and play areas.

A disinfectant coating will be sprayed onto frequently-touched surfaces as an extra layer of protection. The surfaces that have been treated with the coating include automated check-in kiosks and automated bag-drop machines, immigration counters, lift buttons, escalator and travellator handrails, information counters and trolley handles.

Airport staff and visitors entering the transit areas of the airport will also undergo the same temperature screening as passengers.

Airport staff are being encouraged to take their own temperature twice a day and seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell.

CAG said that it “continues to advise members of the airport community to remain vigilant and observe good personal hygiene, and to take leave from work should they feel unwell”.