Positive COVID-19 cases on ship that arrived in Durban from India

Positive COVID-19 cases on ship that arrived in Durban from India

Fourteen crew members of a ship that travelled from India to the Port of Durban have tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Transnet's National Ports Authority has confirmed that the chief engineer of the bulk carrier, Eaubonne, died of a heart attack.


The vessel, which arrived in Durban on Sunday, has a Filipino crew on board and was on a 17-day direct sail from India to Durban.


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Officials say upon arrival at the Port of Durban, the crew were all tested.


The authority has confirmed that the vessel is currently in quarantine at the port.


They say the crews' contact tracking and tracing are underway.


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