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Wuhan coronavirus: India puts over 200 ports in quarantine mode

Christian Fernsby |
The Union Ministry of Shipping in India has directed all States to put 204 minor and 12 major ports in quarantine mode to screen for Wuhan coronavirus on ships docking from China.

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The directive, issued by Abhishek Chandra, Director (Sagarmala), Ministry of Shipping, has warned the virus could have an “adverse impact” on India’s maritime economy.

A screening, detention and quarantine system should be put into effect including at the 65 EXIM cargo ports for disembarking seafarer and cruise passengers, the Union Ministry warned States on Wednesday.

As part of the quarantine facilities, the ports will have to set up an isolation ward in their in-house hospitals.

The quarantine ward could also be set up in a separate building whenever the need arises.

The collection of throat swab will be done by district authority, while the port management will put in place a standard operating procedure for disease surveillance for the vessel and crew.

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