Hyderabad: In the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus, the New Mangalore Port Trust’s traffic department has decided not to let any cruise ships from foreign destination to enter Indian ports till March 31.

A statement released by the traffic department of the Trust says “In view of the coronavirus threat, the central government has decided that no cruise ship from any foreign destination will be allowed to call on Indian ports with immediate effect and till March 31. Hence, NMPT will not allow cruise vessel MSC LIRICA to enter port tomorrow. ”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs announced that 16 Indian nationals, who had travelled abroad, had tested positive for coronavirus.

In a written reply to a starred question in Parliament, the Ministry said that all 16 were on-board the cruise ship off the Japanese coast and are being treated on-shore in Japan.

Telangana’s only coronavirus patient is admitted in the isolation ward of Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad and is recovering, said Health Minister, Eatala Rajender. He said that he had personally visited the hospital in order to check on the patient and the facilities being provided in the hospital.

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