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Seafarer from bulker Corona with suspected coronavirus tests negative

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A crew member of the bulker Corona suspected of having the coronavirus – COVID-19 has tested negative for the virus in South Africa.

South Africa’s Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) confirmed that a seafarer from the bulker Corona had tested negative for COVID-19, along with seven others who had contact with, which included six passengers from the cruise ship AIDAmira.

Captain Dennis Mqadi, Executive Manager for Safety Health Environmental & Regulatory Oversight at Transnet National Ports Authority, said: “These precautions and testing were set in motion after a crew member from the MV Corona bulk vessel fell ill with typical COVID-19 symptoms following the vessel’s departure from the port on 11 March.”

He added, “Upon further investigation it was confirmed that the ill crew member had flown into Cape Town from Istanbul, Turkey earlier this month with another MV Corona crew member, and that six passengers from the AIDAmira cruise liner had also been on this flight before boarding their vessel in Cape Town. The individuals had to be checked due to their possible contact.”

Both vessels have now continued on their voyages to Cape Town.

Captain Sabelo Mdlalose, Acting Chief Harbour Master at Transnet National Ports Authority, said: “All parties are relieved that these results have returned negative and that plans can be set in motion for the vessels to continue their journeys.”

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