Covid-19 testing for Playa Zahara crew members reporting flu signs

The Ensco 107 jack-up rig has been moored at Port Taranaki for several months.

2021-07-13 06:01:52

Taranaki District Well being Board is working with Port Taranaki to check crew members of a fishing vessel for Covid-19, after they reported flu-like signs.

The Ensco 107 jack-up rig has been moored at Port Taranaki for several months.

Port Taranaki.
Photograph: RNZ / Robin Martin

The Spanish-flagged transport vessel, Playa Zahara, is anticipated to berth on the port at the moment after making use of for permission for a change of crew.

Fifteen of the 18 crew members onboard have skilled a flu-like sickness.

The testing will happen in a particular space on the port put aside for quarantine and can then depart and stay offshore till outcomes are again on Thursday.

In the meantime, 15 mariners from one other fishing vessel, Viking Bay, have been taken to a quarantine facility in Wellington after testing constructive to Covid-19.

One of many crew was confirmed final week to have the Delta variant. No hyperlink had been proven between this case and some other circumstances beforehand recognized in New Zealand, the Ministry of Well being mentioned.

Genome sequencing of the 13 different constructive check outcomes will start at the moment.

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