Covid-19 cases on South Island container ship

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Two crew members of a container shipping crew have tested positive for Covid-19 in the South Island.

The crew members, who are symptomatic, are onboard the Mattina container ship.

The Mattina is currently in quarantine in Bluff.

The Marshall Island-flagged vessel came into port last night and all 21 crew members were tested this morning.

Rapid tests were ordered for the two symptomatic cases. Health officials report their condition is regarded as improving.

“Both crew members who’ve tested positive, joined the ship in Singapore on July 2 after providing negative pre-departure tests,” says a MOH statement.

“Health officials in Southern DHB are working with other agencies to determine the next steps for the ship. In the meantime, the crew members remain on board the Mattina.”

The test results for the remainder of the crew are due back later tonight.

The Mattina is currently in quarantine in a secure area of the port which is inaccessible to any members of the public.

Fencing will be put up to further restrict access to the ship.

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