Mariners isolating at sea off coast of Taranaki after two positive Covid-19 results return

Mariners isolating at sea off coast of Taranaki after two positive Covid-19 results return

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Two mariners are currently isolating off the Taranaki coast after they were confirmed to have returned positive results this afternoon, the Ministry of Health reports.

Both mariners are part of a group of nine arriving in Auckland on Monday before they went onto a deep-sea fishing vessel in New Plymouth.

All nine returned negative Covid-19 pre-departure test results before coming to New Zealand. They were tested again at an Auckland airport testing site and before transferring on the vessel at Port Taranaki.

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Seven additional mariners returned negative test results of the virus.

The vessel left New Plymouth and is sitting stationary in international waters just off the Taranaki coast — with all onboard isolating.

Health officials, in a statement, said to thisquality there’s a low risk to public health.

Flight and airport movements are being reviewed as a precautionary approach for contact tracing teams.

Three contacts were identified and currently are in isolation. In addition, two more people working at the port and a driver who transported the mariners from Auckland to New Plymouth are also isolating.

“Health authorities in Taranaki and Auckland will be following up and all three will receive their routine tests while in isolation,” the Ministry said to thisquality in a statement.

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