Nineteen crew members aboard a cargo ship off Queensland are infected with Covid-19 as the state’s top doctor reveals concern over the large number of virus “invasions” that threaten to cause a crisis.
The bulk carrier entered Torres Strait from the Philippines on Monday, warning authorities that a majority of the crew on board were ill, said Health Chief Jeannette Young.
Queensland Health provided nurses to test them on the ship with 19 of the 21 crew members returning positive tests Tuesday night.
The ship is currently on its way to Weipa in the far north of the state, where six of the crew members will be transported to Brisbane for treatment.
The remaining personnel remain on the boat for maintenance purposes.
Dr. Young said her team is working with Maritime Safety Queensland “to organize the best possible response to keep the crew of this ship safe, to keep the ship safe and to protect the people of Queensland”.
Queensland also registered a new local infection on Wednesday, a man who had left hotel quarantine on July 17 after arriving from the Philippines and was contagious in the community for four days.
He had been staying at a backpacker hostel on Roma Street before becoming contagious on July 22nd.
“This is the thirteenth outbreak of the virus in the community of Queensland over the last six weeks,” said Dr. Young reporters Wednesday morning.
“It is becoming more and more worrying that we are getting these repeated intrusions of the virus in Queensland, so many thanks to the more than 17,000 people who came out and were tested yesterday. This is what we must continue to do in the future. ”