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Driver's unfortunate choice of E8 OLA number plate

The driver of this car at Heathrow Airport may be wishing he thought twice about his choice of personal number plate.

A Volvo packed with suitcases was spotted with the registration E8 OLA. Amid the ongoing global Ebola crisis it has - not surprisingly - been attracting some attention.

This month screening to counter the threat from Ebola started at Britain's biggest airport amid doubts over how the checks are being enforced. The checks also cover Gatwick airport and Eurostar rail terminals as the death toll in west Africa continues to rise.

Heathrow IT glitch resolved

Passengers faced delays last night following a computer glitch Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Passengers flying from Heathrow last night faced delays after a computer glitch.

A spokeswoman for the busy London airport said staff had to manually process passengers' baggage "for about an hour" during the incident in which an IT system was down.

She said the problem, which affected all terminals but mainly terminals three and five, caused "some disruption" and has now been resolved.

Screening for Ebola to start at Heathrow tomorrow

A plane takes off from Heathrow Airport Credit: Tim Ockenden/PA Wire

Enhanced screening for Ebola will begin at Heathrow airport tomorrow after the Health Secretary revealed the deadly virus is expected to reach the UK.

Jeremy Hunt said checks would take place at Terminal 1 before they are expanded to cover Gatwick airport and Eurostar rail terminals by the end of next week, as the death toll in west Africa reached more than 4,000 people.

He told MPs it was "likely" that Ebola will be seen in the UK and a "handful" of cases could be confirmed in the next three months.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Hunt said: "This Government's first priority is the safety of the British people. Playing our part in halting the rise of the disease in west Africa is the single most important way of preventing Ebola affecting people in the UK.

"Whilst there are no direct flights from the affected region, there are indirect routes into the UK.

"In the next week, Public Health England will start screening and monitoring UK bound air passengers identified by the Border Force coming on to the main routes from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea."

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Heathrow 'working with government' over Ebola screening

Heathrow Airport has moved to reassure passengers after the government enforced additional screening on passengers arriving from Ebola-affected countries in west Africa.

In a statement, the airport said it was working with the government over the new measures but noted official UK guidance still indicated "the risk of a traveler contracting Ebola to be low".

The welfare of our passengers and colleagues is always our main priority and we are working with Government to support the implementation of the additional screening measures.

We would encourage anybody with individual questions or concerns to refer to guidance from the Foreign Office and Public Health England.

– Heathrow Airport spokesperson
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Chief Medical Officer backs Ebola screening at airports

The government's Chief Medical Officer has said she thinks it is "right" that the UK takes extra screening measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

Professor Dame Sally Davies said: “Although the risk to the UK remains low, in view of the concern about the growing number of cases, it is right to consider what further measures could be taken, to ensure that any potential cases arriving in the UK are identified as quickly as possible."

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

She added that rapid access to healthcare by anyone infected with Ebola was key to reducing the risk of transmission to others.

Downing Street said they had been advised by Dame Sally "that enhanced screening arrangements at the UK’s main ports of entry for people travelling from the affected regions - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - will offer an additional level of protection to the UK."

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Ebola screenings could involve medical assessments

New UK Ebola screening taking place on passengers arriving from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea could involve medical assessments, Downing Street says.

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, initial tests will assess passengers' recent travel history, who they have been in contact with and what their onward travel arrangements are.

There may also be a "medical assessment, conducted by trained medical personnel rather than Border Force Staff", a statement said.

Passengers will also be given advice on what to do should they develop symptoms later.

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Osborne: No Ebola screening at UK airports yet

George Osborne has said there are no plans yet to screen arrivals at British airports for the Ebola virus.

Speaking to the BBC the Chancellor said: "If the medical advice is we need to screen, and it might well be, then we will absolutely take that action."

"We're not going to do anything that puts the British population at risk, indeed quite the opposite," he added.

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