NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (2019-nCoV) OUTBREAK ADVICE #4
In view of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Outbreak, we have gathered the below information from the World Health Organization (WHO), leading P&I Clubs (members of the IG Group), as well as, other organizations, in order to advise our Clients, Local Manning Offices and our Seafarers, of associated risks, possible protection measures and latest developments and directives issued.
Since the beg there are major developments daily and even hourly, referring to Travel Restrictions and Port Restrictions affecting the movement of all passengers and of course Crew Changes.
It has been observed that in the last three days, the daily rate of infections in China, as reported, show signs of decrease, however in the rest of the world the daily rate seems to have picked up pace.
- The Coronavirus Outbreak originated from Wuhan City, China at the end of last year.
- The confirmed cases is now more then 31400 in China and 209 outside of China spreading to 24 countries. No new countries reported cases of 2019-nCoV in the 3 days and only one new has been reported the last 7 days.
- WHO declared the outbreak as a Public Health Emergency Of International Concern (PHEIC).
- Human-to-human transition is officially confirmed.
- Symptoms may not be visible at the early stages of the infection but the virus may still be transmitted.
- Incubation period of the virus range from 2 to 10 days.
- The WHO Risk Assessment Emergency Level is currently as follows:
- China – Very High
- Regional Level – High
- Global Level – High
SIGNS OF INFECTION:
- Respiratory symptoms
- Shortness of Breath And Breathing Difficulties
- Wash your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Washing your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water kills the virus if it is on your hands.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue
- Discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses.
- If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.
- Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
- When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small dropletscontaining the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
- If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
- Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.
- Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing it’s important to seek medical attention promptly, as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition.
- Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them.
- If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China, carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.
- As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets.
- Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; and avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products.
- Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats).
- Avoid contact with potentially contaminated animal waste or fluids on the soil or structures of shops and market facilities.
- Avoid consumption of raw or under-cooked animal products.
- Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
TRAINING VIDEOS AND POSTERS:
MAJOR RESTRICTIONS IN SHIPPING (UPDATED):
- PHILIPPINES: The government has declared a total ban for any person traveling directly in and out of China and its Special Administrative Regions (SAR), Hong Kong and Macau, except Filipino citizens and permanent resident Visa holders, who will be placed in a 14-day quarantine. Same applies to persons that have visited China and its SAR within the last 14 days. Following that, the Philippines Bureau of Immigration has issued Official Memorandum regulating vessels entering and departing Philippines Ports, including Crew Changes. Among others, the Memorandum states that no any crew changes of non-Filipino is allowed for vessels that have called China the last 14 days. Filipino crew of such vessels may disembark but it will be placed under a 14-day quarantine. Similarly, for any vessel set to sail directly to ports in China and its SAR, Filipino shall be banned from join/embark. For the full Philippines Bureau of Immigration Memorandum, please visit: http://cloud.elvictor.com:8000/f/6235016bec/?raw=1
- SINGAPORE: Crew members arriving at sea checkpoints will undergo temperature screening conducted by on-site healthcare assistants. Suspect cases will be referred to the hospitals for further assessment. All new visitors with recent travel history to China within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or to transit through Singapore.
- FRANCE: Port of Marseille-Fos advised that the sea links from Wuhan Port have been suspended.
- CHINA: No lock-down has been announced, except for Wuhan Port. Substitution of crew is limited; Shanghai, Xiamen, Ningbo, Tianjin, Dalian forbidden by the port Authorities. Qingdao and Guangzhou forbidden in principle, unless under some special circumstances. Crew disembarkation is strictly restricted by all ports. For a comprehensive list of the measures, please visit: https://www.ukpandi.com/fileadmin/uploads/uk-pi/2020/Huatai_Info_-_on_Novel_Coronavirus_Pneumonia_Outbreak_3rd_Feb.pdf
- USA: Vessels rendering NOA with Chinese port call in the last 5, shall be contacted by USCG accordingly. Vessels shall report Crew with symptoms of the Coronovirus 15 days prior arrival. Failure to report the above can lead to a civil penalty of up to 94,219 USD.
- S. KOREA: For vessels arriving at Korean ports from or via China, the National Quarantine Station and related authorities have set up an enhanced screening measures for the crew onboard. National Quarantine Station officers are boarding those vessels to check the body temperatures of each crew along with handing out questionnaires to be filled out personally by all crew members.
- AUSTRALIA: Any ship departing China on or after 1 February will not be allowed to enter port until 14 days have elapsed. Any reported sickness on board a vessel will be investigated by Health / BPC Officers and if a Coronavirus case is confirmed a second 14 day quarantine period will be ordered. NSW has decided to apply the 14 day elapsed time period retrospectively and as from yesterday will not embark a pilot on a ship arriving from China that has not spent 14 days at sea.
- PANAMA: In case a vessel has any crew with symptoms onboard, is should be reported to Authorities 30 days before arrival.
- GIBRALTAR: All vessels calling at Gibraltar, shall submit a Coronavirus Declaration. Disembarkation of any person who has visited any of the Coronavirus affected countries within the preceding 15 days, is prohibited.
For a comprehensive list of Restrictions in Shipping, we have found that the most useful links are the following:
- NORTH P&I: https://www.nepia.com/industry-news/coronavirus-outbreak-impact-on-shipping/
- WILHEMSEN: https://www.wilhelmsen.com/ships-agency/campaigns/coronavirus/coronavirus-map/
TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS BY COUNTRY (UPDATED):
- WHO has not recommended travel ban so far.
For a comprehensive guide of Travel Restrictions, please click on the following link, where data has been drawn from the official IATA website: http://cloud.elvictor.com:8000/f/efbfb442d9/?raw=1
MEASURES TAKEN BY AIRLINE COMPANIES:
Most Airline Companies globally have taken various initiatives and have either suspended or disrupt their flights, in and out of China.
For a comprehensive guide of Arline Measures, please click on the following link: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-china-coronavirus-airlines-business-effects/
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) USEFUL LINKS:
For further advise and UPDATED useful information relevant to the outbreak please visit the links below:
- WHO Live Dashboard: http://who.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/c88e37cfc43b4ed3baf977d77e4a0667
- Situation reports: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/
- Advice for the public: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
- Technical Advise: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance
- International travel and health: https://www.who.int/ith/2019-nCoV_advice_for_international_traffic/en/
- Questions and Answers (Q&A): https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
- Myth Basters: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters
P&I USEFUL LINKS (UPDATED):
- JAPAN P&I:
- WEST P&I:
- LONDON P&I:
- UK P&I:
- NORTH P&I:
- AMERICAN P&I:
- SKULD P&I:
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- STANDARD P&I:
- BRITANNIA P&I:
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- SHIPOWNERS CLUB:
- SWEDISH CLUB:
USEFUL LINKS (UPDATED):
- USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- USA Department of State:
- Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA):
- Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL):
- Greek National Organization of Public Health (EODY):
- China State Council:
- UK Department of Health and Social Care:
- International Transport Workers Federation (ITF):
We continuously monitor the situation and we shall keep our Clients, Local Manning Offices and our Seafarers advised on any developments.