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Mar 11, 2020
2:27PM

India to block cruise ships with travel history of visiting Covid-19 affected countries

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Any international cruise ship or any member of its crew having a travel history of visiting any of the Covid-19 affected countries since 1st February will not be permitted to enter any Indian port till 31st of this month. The Ministry of Shipping has issued Standard Operating Procedure to handle Coronavirus for International Cruise Ships at Major Ports of India. It said, International cruise ships will be allowed only on the ports having thermal screening facilities for passenger and crew.

The Ministry said, if any passengers or crew show symptoms of the disease, they will not be permitted to disembark. The passenger will be quarantined on the ship and samples of the patient will be collected and sent to designated lab for testing. If sample is tested positive, the passenger will be taken to the isolation facility attached to the Port and the ship will be asked to move out. If sample is negative, the passengers and crew will be allowed shore excursion. 

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