Kolkata: Amid the heightened scare on the outbreak of coronavirus, a ship with 19 Chinese crew members that began its sailing from Shanghai on January 29 will arrive in Kolkata on Thursday evening.
Port authorities quarantined cargo ship Genius Star at Sagar Island, 120 km from Kolkata yesterday and sent a medical team of the Kolkata Port Trust on board to test the crew for Coronavirus. As they tested negative, clearance was given for the ship to sail to Kolkata. The ship is likely to dock at the port at around 5: 30 pm where the crew will once again undergo thermal scanning to test if anyone has fever.
The second round of testing will be conducted by the Public Health Organisation under West Bengal's Ministry of Health. Since it set off from Shanghai on January 29, the captain of the cargo ship had been regularly sending body temperature records of all crew members to health authorities in Kolkata.
This is not the first ship from China to arrive in the Kolkata Port Trust jurisdiction in recent weeks. On February 7,two vessels from China arrived at Haldia Dock Complex - MV Royal Peridot with 24 crew members, all from Myanmar, and MV Nilambari with 28 crew members, all of them Indian.
After reaching Haldia, the vessels were detained outside the dock complex gate till health inspection with thermal scanners was carried out and the Public Health Organisation cleared the ship as no suspected cases were found.
The coronavirus has infected nearly 60,000 people and killed at least 1,355 in mainland China.