Chinese-manned vessel under quarantine in Agusan town as precaution vs COVID-19

In a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a cargo vessel from China has been subjected to quarantine and was instructed to remain anchored in the seas off Nasipit town pending clearance from the Bureau of the Quarantine. Courier File Photo

A cargo vessel from China, which arrived in Nasipit town in Agusan del Norte on Feb. 9, has been subjected to quarantine following orders to prohibit the entry into all seaports of foreign maritime vessels in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Dr. Logencito Oran, chief of the  Bureau of Quarantine in Northern Mindanao (BOQ-10), said quarantine personnel denied the ship from docking and prohibited the 21-man crew to disembark at the Nasipit port amid the threat of the novel coronavirus in the country.

The vessel was instructed to remain anchored in the seas off Nasipit pending clearance from the agency and completion of the 14-day quarantine period, Oran said.

The quarantine ends Friday, February 14, 2020. 

He assured the public there is nothing to worry about since the crew showed no signs and symptoms of fever, cough or colds.

The M/V Jin Shui arrived at the waters of Nasipit on Feb.7 reportedly to load nickel ore at the behest of the SR Metals Inc. (SRMI) based in Tubay town. By CLC

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