- By Sagar Shere March 12, 2020
Port Health Organisation is taking precautions to prevent Coronavirus spread in India. The supplies of parts for cars, smartphones, televisions, and home appliances and some finished electronic items may be further delayed by a few days after the government ordered screening of all cargo vessels coming from the 12 worst affected Covid-19 countries outside Indian ports to ensure that members of the crew were not infected with the virus.
A March 9 note by the Port Health Organisation (PHO) said that cargo vessels coming from China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran, Nepal, and Italy "will be screened and declared 'suspect' or 'healthy' by the PHO."
The note said the healthy vessel will be given health clearance for port operations and the suspected vessel will be cleared by PHO as per the ministry of health and family welfare guidelines for Covid-19. Industry executives said this may further delay the shipping time to factory gates in India by 3-5 days, depending on the time taken for assessment of the cargo vessel by Indian authorities, leading to further production loss. Suspected vessels will be quarantined for at least 14 days as per the protocol for Covid-19 treatment, they said.