Turkey on Monday issued new directives to its coastal provinces on waste management of incoming non-domestic ships amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Such vessels will not be contacted until after they are checked specifically for the novel coronavirus, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum announced on Twitter, citing the orders sent to the country’s 28 coastal provinces.

Kurum said that only ships found not to pose any risk of infection could be contacted, adding that wearing protective gear would be compulsory for even these.

Waste will be separated and delivered in bags after disinfection, while refuse comprising of

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