Fourteen crew members of a cargo ship that sailed to Durban from India have examined positive for COVID-19, South Africa’s Transnet National Port Authority has stated. A spokesperson from Transnet stated the trigger of a chief engineer’s demise aboard the ship was coronary heart assault and never COVID-19.
The 14 have been among the many total crew that was examined after the ship arrived in Durban on Sunday. They at the moment are all in isolation as authorities begin a monitor and hint initiative for all those that might need been in contact with them.
“The vessel is presently on quarantine. No one is allowed to depart or enter the vessel, and the corporate accountable for anybody who labored on board is to trace and hint all staff who interacted with the topic vessel,” Transnet stated on Tuesday.
A senior port official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, informed a information portal that no less than 200 port staff had been engaged on the vessel since Sunday night, manually offloading about 3,000 tonnes of rice.
“The rice got here in 50kg baggage. We are a bit involved as a result of so much of individuals have boarded that vessel since Sunday,” the supply stated.
Transnet stated the ship with Filipino crew had sailed immediately from India, the place that they had been examined for COVID-19 and cleared as per necessities.
“Upon arrival at the Port of Durban, as a standard precautionary measure, all crew members were tested and 14 of the crew tested positive for COVID-19. The entire vessel is currently in quarantine at the Port of Durban, as per COVID-19 regulations,” Transnet stated. All operations with the vessel have been suspended.
The authority stated it remained vigilant to make sure that all vessels calling on the port have been cleared.
“TNPA is accountable for making certain that each one vessels calling the port have been cleared by related state organs, specifically, port well being, migration, MRCC and customs earlier than coming into or leaving the port,” it stated.
News of the incident triggered widespread concern on social media about fears that the brand new B.1.617 variant that was inflicting 1000’s of deaths in India day by day had reached South African shores.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has assured the general public that plans are in place to test all arrivals into the nation, reminding them that there have been no direct flights from India.
Mkhize did specific concern although that these arriving from India through different international locations might pose a problem.