Coronavirus: Shipping Ministry directs ports to be cautious

With the world in the grip of Coronavirus, the Indian Ministry of Shipping has asked the sea fearers and ships to be cautious while docking at ports in the regions where the virus infection has been detected.

In the directive, the Ministry has directed that screening, detention and quarantine facilities should be made available at the 65 EXIM Cargo ports. Stating that the virus attack could have adverse impact on the economy of the country, the Ministry in the direction has asked the seafarers to comply with the recommendations of the World Health organisation and the advisory of the Health Ministry of India.

In the advisory, the travellers and the seafarers have been asked to follow certain simple public health measures. They have been asked to maintain personal hygiene, go for frequent hand washing by soap and also to follow respiratory etiquettes.
As part of the quarantine facility, the ports have been asked to set up isolation wards in their in-house hospitals. It also said that quarantine wards could also be set up in separate buildings if needed.

The Ministry also said in the directive that the port authorities should obtain a self declaration from the crew and passengers who arrive at the ports. The ports have also been asked to install thermal scanners and provide N-95 masks for those who lands in the ports.

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