Coronavirus: Shipping Ministry Asks Indian Seafarers, Ships To Exercise Caution

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NEW DELHI: Ministry of Shipping has asked all Indian seafarers and ships to exercise due caution while calling at ports of the regions where Novel Coronavirus infection is reported.

In an advisory, it has asked seafarers to comply with World Health Organization’s recommendation and Health Ministry’s advisory in view of the virus outbreak in China.

All concerned organizations and seafarers unions have advised informing their seafarers to comply with the WHO recommendation and Health Ministry advisory.

Considering the possible spread of the disease, WHO had issued a standard recommendation for the general public to reduce exposure to the disease.

Health Ministry has also issued a travel advisory to travellers visiting China.

The advisory suggested travellers follow simple public health measures at all times. These include observing good personal hygiene, practising frequent handwashing with soap, and following respiratory etiquettes.

It advised avoiding close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness such as cough, and runny nose.

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