Enhanced surveillance measures have been put in place at the Port of Felixstowe following concerns about the Coronavirus.
It's in response to the emerging situation and the advice given by the World Health Organisation. In a statement the Port Authority said a Public Health Emergency Contingency Plan is now in place to respond to any significant issue.
All vessels that have called at any Chinese port are now required to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) – a document from the International Health Regulations that contains information about health on board a ship. In addition to assessment of the MDH, Officers of the Port Health Authority are also undertaking assessment of on board documentation and providing health protection information.
It comes as the first two cases of coronavirus were recorded in the UK.
And the new virus has now infected more people in China than were sickened there during the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, a cousin of the new virus.
Chinese health officials said early on Saturday that the death toll in the country from the virus had risen to 259, with the number of known cases rising from 9,962 to 11,791.
No deaths have occurred outside China, although cases have been confirmed across at least 23 countries.