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Corona virus: Shipping ministry asks Indian seafarers, ships to exercise due caution

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 to inform their seafarers to comply with the WHO recommendation and Health Ministry advisory.

Considering the possible spread of the disease, WHO had issued standard recommendation for general public to reduce exposure to the disease. Health Ministry has also issued a travel advisory to travellers visiting China.

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

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

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