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MPT gears up to tackle coronavirus scare

Vasco: The Mormugao port authorities have geared up to tackle the novel coronavirus scare while handling international and domestic passengers arriving at the port by cruise liners.

Speaking to this daily, Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) health officer Mangesh Patil said, “Mormugao port is all set to handle the novel coronavirus threat when cruise liners call at the port.”

He said the passengers travelling to Goa by foreign cruise liners are screened on board the vessel with the help of a handheld infrared thermometer device. “Actually, the passengers are  pre-scanned at every port when a vessel arrives. The passengers arriving at the Mormugao port will also be scanned at the Mumbai port due to which the chances of any patients with symptoms of coronavirus travelling to Goa will be almost nil,” Patil said.

“Mormugao port has taken all the precautionary measures to combat the novel coronavirus. Till date, no suspected case of coronavirus has been found,” Patil said and added that the authorities at the port are constantly following all the guidelines issued by the central government and the state government.

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