Coronavirus global health emergency – IMO issues advice to the Member States, seafarers, and the shipping industry.
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Public Health Emergency of International Concern
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. Read more here.
The WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restriction based on the current information available.
Advice for IMO Member States, seafarers and shipping
IMO has issued the following circular letters:
The following links also provide advice to seafarers and shipping (non-exhaustive list):
World Health Organization advice
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. One week later, on 7 January, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus. The new virus is a coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. This new virus was temporarily named “2019-nCoV.”
WHO has been working with Chinese authorities and global experts from the day we were informed, to learn more about the virus, how it affects the people who are sick with it, how they can be treated, and what countries can do to respond.
Because this is a coronavirus, which usually causes respiratory illness, WHO has advice to people on how to protect themselves and those around them from getting the disease.
WHO provides Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) travel advice here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice