Coronavirus Covid 19: Three new MIQ cases, three other sailors from the Mattina ship infected
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Three other crew members of the container ship Mattina quarantined at Bluff have tested positive for Covid-19.
There are also three new cases of Covid to report today in managed isolation, according to the Department of Health.
The trio of new Mattina cases were reported at 9 a.m. today.
“Another result is currently under investigation due to a high CT value; and three more have serological evidence of past infection and therefore are not considered infectious at this stage,” the ministry said in the statement. update today.
“Two more positive results aboard the Mattina were reported after 9 a.m. and will be officially added to our case tally in tomorrow’s update. We are reporting these off-cycle due to the high public interest in the Mattina.
“The three remaining crew members returned negative tests.”
All Mattina crew members who tested positive will remain in quarantine on board, the ministry said.
“If those who have tested negative return another negative test today, they will be transported to a Christchurch-based quarantine facility using a well-planned and safely managed transport plan, including the use of infection prevention and control (IPC) protocols.
“It is safer to deal with the smaller group of negative cases, removing them from the ship.”
The number of active Covid cases in New Zealand is 62.
Today, the three new cases in managed isolation are travelers from Fiji and Ghana.
A fourth case was also reported today, which is historic.
It was a good day on the Covid front yesterday as the Department of Health did not report any new cases in managed isolation centers or in the community.
However, six sailors aboard the container ship Mattina, quarantined at the southern port of Bluff, are now officially included in New Zealand’s national Covid-19 tally.
The six crew members, along with three others reported on Tuesday, bring the total number of Mattina sailors affected by the virus to nine out of 21 staff.
A crew member previously reported to have Covid-19 has now recovered, the ministry confirmed.
The number of active cases in New Zealand was 56 when reported yesterday. Since the start of the year, there have been 99 historic cases of Covid – out of a total of 655 cases.
The seven-day moving average of new cases detected at the New Zealand border is five. While our total number of confirmed cases is 2,472.
Health officials said two of Mattina’s infected crew were taken from the ship to the emergency room at Southland Hospital yesterday. They have since returned to their ship.
“Officials, including public health, are now assessing whether the rest of the crew will remain on the ship throughout their quarantine period,” the statement said yesterday.
Additional tests carried out on the crew yesterday are to be made public today.
The Southern District Health Board already has plans in place for the management and treatment of any other crew that may give a positive result.
The health ministry also said it was awaiting further information on the source of the infection when genome sequencing is completed in the coming days.
Non-quarantine trips with New South Wales remain on hold and so far 38 people in New Zealand have been identified as having stayed at places of interest in Victoria and Queensland.
Of those, 36 underwent initial testing and gave negative results, and the results of the other two may also be known today.