On 31 December 2019, the WHO China Country Office was informed of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. A novel coronavirus was identified as the causative virus on 7 January 2020.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
The number of internationally confirmed cases continues to increase daily. The vast majority of cases have so far been identified in Wuhan, however it has also spread to other Chinese cities and more cases are being reported worldwide, with cases in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the Americas. The incubation period for the infection is days, rather than weeks.
Recommendations for preventing spread of infection:
WHO’s standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:
Advice for Members
The Club is in close contact with its local correspondents and is monitoring the situation. Any updates received will be published in the feed below.
This is a fast changing situation and Members are advised to check local current advice. Conditions may change on a daily basis during a contagious disease outbreak.
Owners should always follow health guidelines to prevent the spread of illness and not expose crew or spread disease. Loss prevention measures will vary by disease and may involve preventive vaccinations, vessel disinfections, limitations on crew or passenger shore leave, ability to obtain ship supplies, restrictions on treatment of sewage or waste water or even require cancellation of port calls.
|Fujairah||Port of Fujairah - Notice to Mariners 271||30/01/2020|
|Liberia||Liberia Maritime Authority - Marine Advisory||31/01/2020|
|Malta||Government of Malta Press Release||25/01/2020|
|Marshall Islands||Marine Safety Advisory 05-20||31/01/2020|
|Russia||Russian Federation Review - Coronavirus||04/02/2020|
|South Korea||Correspondent update||07/02/2020|
|Sri Lanka||Sri Lanka Port Authority||23/01/2020|
|UAE||Federal Transport Authority||30/01/2020|
Office closures (subject to change as the situation develops)