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Heightened alert & tightening of surveillance

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    5 March 2020

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With a rise in COVID-19 cases reported in India, Port Health & Immigration authorities at all airports and seaports are now adopting universal screening of all arriving guest/crew arriving through thermal imagery equipment provided by the Ministry of Health & Science, and on the basis of mandatory submission of Self Declaration and Maritime Health Declaration provided by the Master of vessels, with all necessary supporting documents.

Authorities in Cochin gave a detailed briefing to all vessel agents/stakeholders to support and cooperate the measures, as the country is moving into a heightened state of alert and tightening all surveillance activities to avoid possible community transmission.

All crew changes have been banned with immediate effect and will be attended to on a case-to-case basis only, subject to necessary approvals being received from concerned authorities.

As per currently available information, only two suspected cases have been reported so far through seaports in India. The first was at Chennai, which ultimately tested negative for COVID-19, and the second one, at Paradip, is awaiting results.          

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com