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Filipino sailor with broken arm gets help

The Yangshan Immigration Inspection Station helped a Filipino sailor get treated for a broken arm after clearing him of the novel coronavirus disease.

Otherwise, the man would have faced a 10-day voyage untreated, potentially causing irreparable damage. He was treated at a branch of the Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital in the Pudong New Area.

Because of the pandemic, the immigration inspection authority has toughened the conditions for sailors’ temporary entry permits.

He is the only person given a permit this month.

At dawn yesterday, the station received an emergency application from a China Shipping Group vessel after the sailor broke his arm. The ship’s next stop was Canada in 10 days.

Authorities ascertained the vessel hadn’t been to any pandemic-stricken region in the past 14 days and none of its sailors had symptoms.

They did an onboard check and issued the temporary entry permit.

The sailor was taken to hospital by ambulance and treated after further checks to ensure he was not infected with the novel coronavirus.

The station said it had issued 124 temporary entry permits in January and 11 in February.


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