contain the spread of deadly coronavirus, the Government has so far prevented
more than 25,000 crew and passengers on board over 700 ships from disembarking
on Indian shores, a Shipping Ministry official said.
Apart from restricting cargo handling, the
Government had last week prohibited entry of any international cruise ship,
crew or passengers with a travel history to coronavirus-hit countries post
February 1, 2020 to its Major Ports till March 31.
“Till March 13, a total of 25,504 crew and
passengers on board 703 vessels arrived on Indian shores from China or travel
history to impacted countries. They have not been allowed to disembark as a
precautionary measure to contain any possible spread of the virus. They were
allowed to anchor at designated places, but no shore passes were issued to such
crew and passengers post January 26,” the official told.
As per the
guidelines of WHO all passengers and crew scanned
As per the guidelines of the World Health
Organization (WHO), all passengers and crew aboard the vessels are being
scanned, and all necessary facilities are being extended to them, the official
All required protocols are being followed
and help is being provided in case of fever or sickness, the official added.
cruise ships which had intimated their call to ports by January 1, 2020 allowed
To prevent the spread of the deadly virus,
the Ministry of Shipping had said it will allow only such international cruise
ships which had intimated their call to ports by January 1, 2020.
“Only those international cruise ships
which had planned and intimated their call to an Indian Port not later than 1st
January, 2020 will be allowed to call on such port,” it said.