10th March 2020
The following SOPs shall be in place with immediate effect for all international cruise ships, who had planned and intimated their call to Major Ports of India in advance:
(i) Only those international cruise ships which had planned and intimated their call to an Indian Port not later than 1st January, 2020 will be allowed to call on such port.
(ii) Any international cruise ship or any member of its crew or any passenger therein having a travel history of visiting any of the Covid-19 affected countries mentioned in the adjoining link
(https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus2019/situation-reports) since 1st Feb, 2020; will not be permitted to enter any Indian port till 31st March, 2020.
(iii) International cruise ships will be allowed only on the ports having thermal screening facilities for passenger and crew.
(iv) Shipping Agent/Master of Vessel to submit all documents related to crew and passengers regarding their travel to/from the COVID-19 affected countries. No sick passengers/crew will be allowed to board the ship by Shipping agent/Master of Vessel.
(v) The updated information on COVID-19 shall be provided to each international cruise vessel and should be as per guidelines of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW), Govt. of India. (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/).
(vi) All passengers and crew members will have to fill the Self Reporting Form as prescribed by MoH&FW (copy attached at Annex-1) and submitted to PHO.
(vii) Port Health Officer (PHO) will carry out thermal screening of all the passengers and crew members on board ship. Until clearance by PHO, passengers will not be allowed ashore. Port / Local hospital to assist PHO by supplying additional
doctors and medical staff and logistics etc.
(viii) If any passengers/crew show symptoms of the disease, disembarking of such passengers/crew will not be permitted. The passenger will be quarantined on the ship. Samples of the patient will be collected and sent to designated hospital/lab for testing. If sample is tested positive, the passenger will be taken
to the isolation facility attached to the Port and the ship will be asked to move out. If sample is negative, the passengers and crew will be allowed shore excursion. A declaration to follow this procedure will be taken from all ships before they are allowed to enter the Port.
(ix) Cruise ships need to take special measures to prevent coronavirus affected patients to board the ships in the first place. Some of these steps will include:
a) Any cruise guests who have traveled through China, Hong Kong, Iran, South Korea and Italy and other affected countries ( as defined by WHO in their daily reports https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novelcoronavirus-2019/situation-reports) in the past 14 days are automatically
denied boarding by the cruise lines.
b) Any person having contact with anyone within last 14-days prior to travel who has travel history to mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South  Korea, or Italy or any other affected countries is automatically denied boarding.
c) Mandatory screenings are performed of persons with influenza like illnesses (ILIs) in boarding ports terminals.
d) All guests onboard have to fill out self-declaration health forms.
e) At the check-in counter of the boarding ports, the guest’s passports are verified for any stamps from COVID-19 affected countries. 
f) The passports are double checked by cruise vessel personnel inside the terminal at Boarding ports to ensure nothing is amiss
g) All passports are also checked onboard by cruise vessel staff alongside Indian Immigration Officers, wherever the Immigration Officers boarded in the previous foreign ports for enroute clearance.
h) The ship should be regularly sanitized.
i) All cruises carry out daily examination of all passengers for symptoms for COVID-19.
j) All cruises should have sufficiently oriented health staff with adequate  logistics like masks, personal protection equipments etc. along with sufficient isolation beds where any crew/passenger suspects can be isolated in case of detection of any symptoms.


    Dr  Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family reviewed the status, actions taken by StatesUTs, and their preparedness regarding prevention, containment and management of COVID-19, here today. Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW), Dr Balram Bhargava, DG (ICMR), Shri Arun Singhal, Spl. Secretary (H), Shri Sanjeeva Kumar, Spl. Secretary (H), DGHS; Shri G V V Sarma, Member Secretary (NDMA); Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS; Dr Minakshi Bhardwaj, MS of Dr RML Hospital; Dr. Sujeet Singh, Director NCDC; Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, Scientist, ICMR; and officials of the Ministry were present during the meeting.

    Dr Harsh Vardhan was apprised of the emerging international and national status on COVID-19, and the steps by Government of India and the states/UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. He reviewed the status and preparedness of the States/UTs in terms of quarantine facilities; isolation wards, adequacy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), masks, testing kits etc. He also advised the states/UTs for maintaining hygiene and cleanliness in the hospitals and adhere to all laid down protocols for containment and management of COVID-19. He reviewed the steps taken by various States for social distancing in great detail. The measures taken for avoiding non-essential travel and mass gatherings was also reviewed by Dr Harsh Vardhan.

    The Union Health Minister discussed the further measures to be taken for strengthening capacities of the states, mass awareness among the people for prevention through social distancing, work-from-home etc. Management of quarantine facilities was discussed in detail at the review meeting.

    Outcomes of the discussion of the meeting held today shall be put up to the Group of Ministers (GOM) on COVID-19, at their meeting tomorrow.

    Dr Harsh Vardhan has directed for scaling up capacity of the 24×7 Control Room Helpline (011-23978046) by adding more lines and additional human resource, to serve the queries on COVID19 through the Control Room.

    In addition, as part of efforts of the Government to evacuate Indian citizens from COVID-19 affected countries, an Air India flight from Milan, Italy arrived in Delhi this morning carrying 218 evacuees. These evacuees are quarantined at the ITBP camp at Chhawla, as per protocol. In addition, the third batch of 236 evacuees from Iran has arrived today; they are being quarantined at the Army facility in Jaisalmer. They have already been tested prior to their departure from Iran. All are reported to be asymptomatic at present. Also, a total 265 passengers coming from COVID-19 affected countries have been quarantined at Trivandrum, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

    As of now, 23 new cases have been detected since the last update. Of these, 17 are from Maharashtra, 2 from Telangana, 1 from Rajasthan and 3 from Kerala. Both deceased patients had pre-existing co-morbidities. Contract tracing of these cases is being rigorously pursued. So far, this has led to identification of more than 4000 contacts who have been put under surveillance.

    The Buldana patient, who was in a private hospital and whose sample was taken and who died yesterday, has tested negative for COVID-19.



      The death toll in China rose to 3,070 on Saturday, while the total number of confirmed cases hit 80,651

      BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

      Last Updated at March 8, 2020 17:47 IST

      state have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in India to 39.
      Meanwhile, China reported 27 new deaths from coronavirus, the lowest number of fatalities in more than a month, taking the death toll to 3,097, while the COVID-19 infections for the first time fell below 50 since the disease surfaced in Hubei province in January.
      More than 106,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus across the world and 3,600 have died from it, according to a Reuters tally of government announcements.