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JOHANNESBURG: Fourteen crew members of a cargo ship bound for Durban from India have tested positive for COVID-19, South Africa’s Transnet National Port Authority said.

A TransNet spokesman said the cause of death of the chief engineer aboard the ship was a heart attack, not a Covid-19.

The entire crew tested was 14 after the ship arrived in Durban on Sunday (May 2). They are now isolated from all because the authorities track down and take initiatives for all those who may be in contact with them.

The ship is currently at quarantine, Transnet said Tuesday (May). No one is allowed to leave or enter the ship, and the company responsible for working on the ship is looking for all employees who communicated with the subject ship, Transen said Tuesday (May). .

A senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the news portal that at least 200 port workers had been working on the ship since Sunday (May 2) evening and would unload about 3,000 tonnes of rice on their own.

“The rice came in 0 kg bags. We are a little worried because many people have boarded this ship since Sunday (May 2).”

Transnet said the ship with the Filipino crew departed directly from India, where they were tested for COVID-19 and cleaned as needed.

“Arriving at the port of Durban, as a standard precautionary measure, all crew members were tested and 14 crew members tested positive for COVID-19. According to COVID-19, the entire ship is currently in quarantine at the port of Durban. Rules,” Transnet Said.

All operations with the ship have been suspended.

The authority said it remained vigilant to ensure all ships calling at the port were cleared.

“The TNPA is responsible for ensuring that all ships calling at the port are cleared by the relevant state organs, i.e., port health, migration, MRCC and customs before entering or leaving the port.

News of the incident has caused widespread concern on social media that the new B1.11171, which has killed thousands of people every day in India. It has reached the coast of South Africa.

Health Minister Zavelli Mekhaiz has assured the people that there are plans to check all arrivals in the country, reminding them that there are no direct flights from India.
Emkhaiz expressed concern that those coming to India from other countries, however, could pose a challenge.

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