PCG steps up safety oversight on ships with COVID-positive crew in Port of Albay – Manila Bulletin
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has put strict security measures in place on the two Indonesian ships carrying 11 crew members who tested positive for the coronavirus who are now at Lidong port in Albay.
PCG said the tug MT Clyde and barge Claudia are now anchored one kilometer from Lidong Port, Sto. Domingue, Albay.
The towing vessel and barge arrived from Indonesia on July 14 and docked at the port of Butuan in Agusan del Norte where they underwent reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for COVID -19.
The ships were already en route to a port in Albay when they were told 12 of the crew had tested positive.
It was discovered that one of those who tested positive disembarked at the port of Butuan, leaving 11 crew members positive for COVID on board.
“The PCG Station Albay maritime safety and surveillance team is ensuring that no ships can approach the ships and that no crew can disembark, in order to control the spread of the infectious virus,” said the PCG in a statement Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Coast Guard medical personnel who are also part of the surveillance team have been tasked with providing medical assistance to the crew members.
The PCG, in cooperation with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), said it continued to meet and respond to the needs of crew members without compromising the health of residents of Albay.
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