10 lutego, 2020

IMHA – advice for shipping companies on the new type of coronavirus in China

Asian countries have introduced a number of restrictions because of the coronavirus threat

On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The virus did not match any other known virus. This raised concern because when a virus is new, we do not know how it affects people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of outbreak of 2019-nCoV Coronavirus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020.

Ships and trains arriving from China are being under controll as the nations are taking steps to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus that was created in the world’s second largest economy.

Due to the current epidemiological situation in the PRC, from the 3rd to 7th  February 2020 the General Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Guangzhou temporarily suspends consular operations. This deadline may change. Similar measures are taken by other General Consulates of the Republic of Poland in China.

Before planning a trip to China  in connection with participation in the event (e.g. Trade Fair, conference) the embassy suggests confirming the date of events with the organizers.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against trips that are not necessary to the province of Hube.

The most current announcements can be found on the websites of the World Health Organization and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. We also recommend observing messages from international airports and airlines that are undertaking their own preventive measures.

Additional advice: 

The following links also provide advice to seafarers and shipping

International Maritime Health Association

IMHA CORONA advice shipping comp

WHO how to protect themselves and those around them 

WHO https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice