Crew, Passengers Of Chinese Ships Barred From Mumbai Port Over Virus Fear

"For all vessels coming from China, no shore permit shall be issued to the crew," officials said.

Crew, Passengers Of Chinese Ships Barred From Mumbai Port Over Virus Fear

The coronavirus epidemic has spiralled into a global health emergency.

Mumbai:

Mumbai Port Trust has restricted entry of crew and passengers of ships coming from China or certain other Southeast Asian Countries as a precautionary measure against novel coronavirus.

"The government of India has taken it very seriously. If any ship with Chinese crew members or passengers arrives here, then our public health officer goes to the ship and conducts the health check-ups of all members on board. We have stopped their excursion, they are not allowed to enter into the city," Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust told news agency ANI.

"We take the list of all on-board from the officials on the ship. Then, we check who all are from China or are coming through China. The health officer does a thermal screening. We also do screening even at our anchorage in the deep sea," he said.

"If there is an emergency, we have made arrangements to take people to the hospital in a special ambulance. However, no patient with such a case has arrived here yet," he said.

The standard operating procedure guidelines issued by the government read, "For crew members who have visited China, in the last one month, no shore excursions will be allowed."

"For crew members showing symptoms of the virus, no excursion to be allowed and if required to be taken to Kasturba Gandhi Hospital on PHO's advice," the guidelines state.

"For all vessels coming from China, with Chinese crew, no shore permit shall be issued to the crew. Non-Chinese crew will be screened for symptoms and shore permit will be issue to those who don't show any symptoms of sickness," read the guideline