Two Mattina seamen have been transported to the hospital as part of Covid-19.

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Two of the nine Covid-19 positive crew members on the Mattina cargo ship were sent to the hospital this morning for evaluation.

The Mattina, a ship that sailed from Indonesia, stopped in Bluff yesterday with nine crew members who tested positive for the virus.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health, stated two of the crew members were transferred to Southland Hospital this morning during a press conference this afternoon.

“The crew is being tested on a regular basis… it’s possible that there are more positive cases,” he said.

Bloomfield stated that genome sequencing was in the works.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that all infection prevention and control measures were in place, including the proper use of personal protective equipment.

Officials, including public health officials, are now determining whether the rest of the crew will stay aboard for the duration of their quarantine.

Additional testing results will be released tomorrow, according to the ministry.

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The Southern DHB had protocols in place for the proper management and treatment of any crew members aboard the vessel who required hospital-level care, according to the statement.

“The ministry expects to have further information about the source of those infections when whole genome sequencing is completed in the next few days.”


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