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A worker disinfects a public bus against coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, in early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Image Credit: AP

Abu Dhabi: The UAE Federal Authority for Land and Maritime Transport has suspended all passenger ferry services with Iran until a further notice.

The UAE obliged all commercial vessels coming to the country to provide a statement on the health status of seafarers 72 hours before their arrival, to monitor suspected cases among seafarers to deal with them in accordance with internationally recognised maritime health procedures.

The move is part of precautionary measures taken by the UAE in the wake of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, to ensure the prevention of its transmission, within the framework of precautionary measures.

The authority notified all seaports to immediately report any suspected coronavirus cases or related symptoms for seafarers onboard ships docked or on its docks, taking into account the strict health guidelines imposed by the International Marine Organisation in such cases to prevent its spread.