Around 18 crew members, from two vessels which arrived in Gqeberha harbour, has been quarantined when 16 members tested positive for Covid-19.

According to the Herald the vessels reportedly sailed from Kenya and was due to offload its cargo in India.

THE CREW ARE CURRENTLY IN ISOLATION

According to the Herald, the first vessel M/V Consolidator which arrived from Kenya docked at the harbour on April 25.  

Health department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo told the publication that the crew is currently in isolation.

“Four of the crew members were due to disembark to fly home and leave the country. They had to be subjected to PCR [polymerase chain reaction] testing before disembarking,” said Kupelo.

He added that all four tested positive for the virus. “They are now in isolation in a facility approved by the Eastern Cape health department.”

The other 18 crew members were quarantined on the vessel and also tested for the virus. Kupelo further told the publication that nine of them had tested positive.

ONE CREW MEMBER HOSPITALISED FOR COVID-19

One crew member was reportedly admitted to the Life St George’s Hospital while the others were placed in an isolation facility.

“In the meantime, all operations on the vessel have been suspended and the vessel itself has been placed under quarantine in its berth under police guard. The vessel will be decontaminated and the crew managed accordingly.”

According to the Herald when the master of the vessel applied to enter the port, he declared there was no illness on board.

“However, it was established that, a few days after leaving Mombasa, one of the crew members did report to the master that he was not well. He remained unwell until the vessel arrived in Port Elizabeth, where he was referred for medical treatment,” Kupelo told the publication.

Three people reportedly tested positive from the second vessel, the Wilhemson, and were placed in isolation at health facilities.

Contact tracing was reportedly done from the contact tracing list provided by the port and none of the local contacts tested positive.

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Presh JM Reporter

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