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Second outbreak of coronavirus on a ship off Western Australia

Another six crew members tested positive for COVID-19 on a ship off Port Hedland. This is the second outbreak that hit Western Australia in a few weeks.

Health Minister Roger Cook confirmed that seven of the 20 crew members of Vega Dream’s iron ore bulk carrier were infected with the virus.

The ship departed Port Hedland Terminal on Sunday and is currently moored under federal jurisdiction, 22 nautical miles from the coast.

All but one of the infected crew members remain on board.

“I can emphasize that the Port Hedland community is risk-free,” Cook said on Monday.

The man was taken off the ship on Saturday and taken to the isolation ward of Hedland Hospital after his symptoms appeared.

Since then, authorities have verified his positive test.

He will be transferred to a hotel in Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and will serve the rest of the quarantine.

The other six crew members tested positive, but stayed in the ship’s dormitory and are said to be fine.

This is the second outbreak in just over two weeks on board a ship off Port Hedland, home to the world’s largest mass export terminal.

The Patricia Oldendorf bulk carrier set sail on Sunday after 18 of its 21 crew members recovered.

Both ships arrived from the Philippines to Western Australia.

“It’s the second time in two weeks that a ship from Manila has had a problem in Port Hedland,” Cook said.

“It’s a shame, and obviously we don’t want it to happen again.”

Cook spoke with the Western Australian Mineral Energy Council and said major mining companies had promised to no longer use crew from Manila.

The six infectious crew members on the Vega Dream are segregated in separate compartments in the Ensuite.

Cook said the vessel would either sail with the crew as isolated as possible, or take the crew away and put them in a hotel quarantine in Washington State.

“I would like to emphasize that it is 40 kilometers away from the coast. It is far away and eliminating those crew members would be an important operation for them,” he said.

Pilots and cargo inspectors boarded the ship, both wearing personal protective equipment and not in close contact with the infected crew.

Pilots continue to self-quarantine, but surveyors are allowed to leave.

WA also recorded another case of a man in his 50s who tested positive in a hotel quarantine test after returning from Indonesia.

There are 16 active cases in the state, not including the latest 6 cases.

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Second outbreak of coronavirus on a ship off Western Australia

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