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The Ministry of Health reported to thisquality that a crew member who works on the Boka Summit ship parked at Taranaki’s port had returned negative results after being under investigation.
It was reported that the crew member returned a weak positive followed by a negative result for COVID-19, which was from one of the crew as part of testing routines prior to a schedule change of other members.
The results at this stage fit a pattern of historical infection outcomes. Serology tests will be expected tomorrow, which will provide more information into the infection of the virus from the case.
Due to the nature of the conditions, the case will remain under investigation.
“Prior to arriving in New Zealand, the ship has been at sea for a month after leaving Singapore, and none of the crew has reported any symptoms in that time, including the current crew member under investigation,” said a Ministry of Health spokesperson to thisquality.
“A small number of shore workers have been in contact with the ship during its time in port, and all were wearing the appropriate PPE and taking appropriate precautions.”
The ship will be reportedly moving away from its berth out to sea with other vessels in the port as bad weather is forecasted; however, they will be expected to move back into the Port within 72 hours.
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