Crew member on IVS Merlion at port of Tauranga suspected as historical case

Crew member on IVS Merlion at port of Tauranga suspected as historical case

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#BREAKING: The Ministry of Health has just released newly sourced information about a case that is suspected as historic, who is a crew member on the IVS Merlion which is currently docked at the port of Tauranga.

The suspected historic case is currently under investigation.

The crew member returned a weak positive COVID-19 test, with a high CT value, that indicated it was in-fact an older infection. This crew member appears to have had COVID-19 a while ago and is no longer infectious.


The IVS Merlion arrived into New Zealand waters on October 15 after departing to Indonesia on September 24.

According to the Ministry of health, the infection hasn’t been passed on to any other crew members, as they’ve all tested negative and have been on board the vessel for the last three weeks.

No crew members have come ashore, meaning there’s a very low risk of any transmission to the community in New Zealand.

The Ministry says as a precautionary approach the case under investigation that’s suspected as historic has been isolated and has had a repeat COVID-19 test as well as a blood test. The results will confirm whether they were in-fact a historic case.

“All crew members are being treated as close contacts until the case investigation is complete. Until this investigation is concluded, no crew members are allowed to leave the vessel. The health staff and other port staff, who had minimal contact with the crew, have all been informed and no further action is deemed necessary,” said the Ministry of Health.

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