Fourteen crew members of a cargo ship that sailed to Durban from India have examined constructive for COVID-19, South Africa’s Transnet National Port Authority has stated.
A spokesperson from Transnet stated the reason for a chief engineer’s dying aboard the ship was coronary heart assault and never COVID-19.
The 14 had been among the many total crew that was examined after the ship arrived in Durban on Sunday. They are actually all in isolation as authorities begin a monitor and hint initiative for all those that might need been involved with them.
“The vessel is currently on quarantine. No one is allowed to leave or enter the vessel, and the company responsible for anyone who worked on board is to track and trace all employees who interacted with the subject vessel,” Transnet stated on Tuesday.
A senior port official, who spoke on situation of anonymity, instructed a information portal that at the very least 200 port staff had been engaged on the vessel since Sunday night, manually offloading about 3,000 tonnes of rice.
“The rice came in 50 kg bags. We are a bit concerned because a lot of people have boarded that vessel since Sunday,” the supply stated.
Transnet stated the ship with Filipino crew had sailed instantly from India, the place they’d 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 responsible for ensuring that all vessels calling the port have been cleared by relevant state organs, namely, port health, migration, MRCC and customs before entering or leaving the port,” it stated.
News of the incident induced widespread concern on social media about fears that the brand new B.1.617 variant that was inflicting hundreds 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 check all arrivals into the nation, reminding them that there have been no direct flights from India.
Mr Mkhize did categorical concern although that these arriving from India by way of different international locations might pose a problem.