Coronavirus: India bars 16,076 seafarers from entering country 

Coronavirus: India bars 16,076 seafarers from entering country 


As many as 16,076 crew and passengers onboard ships from China or having travel history to affected countries have not been allowed to disembark at Indian ports, a shipping ministry official said on Thursday.

However, all possible assistance and help are being provided to these passengers and crew — onboard 452 ships anchored at designated places — as per WHO guidelines in case of any fever or symptoms, the official said.

It said protocol is being maintained with all help in case of fever or sickness to those on board.

More than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease globally, according to Johns Hopkins Univeristy – with at least 3,015 deaths in China and 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran.

At least 1,200 of the new infections are in Iran in just the past 24 hours, the country’s biggest jump since the outbreak began. Iran’s health ministry on Friday added that 124 people have died.

In France, 200 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed overnight, while India and South Korea also reported an increase in the number of infections.

Additionally, the death toll in the United States from the coronavirus rose to 12 when King County in the state of Washington reported the latest death on Thursday.

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