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Coronavirus infection discovered on live export ship off Darwin

Health authorities have discovered a positive coronavirus case on a ship that docked into the Port of Darwin.Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Fyles confirmed on Tuesday the 25-year-old Indonesian national tested positive for COVID-19 and was now in isolation at Royal Darwin Hospital.The man was on a ship that came into Darwin on Sunday evening…

Health authorities have discovered a positive coronavirus case on a ship that docked into the Port of Darwin.

Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Fyles confirmed on Tuesday the 25-year-old Indonesian national tested positive for COVID-19 and was now in isolation at Royal Darwin Hospital.

The man was on a ship that came into Darwin on Sunday evening to receive cattle for a live cattle export.

“We have screening processes for the vessels arriving into the territory,” Ms Fyles said.

“The initial screening process showed that one crew member had identified as being symptomatic in the past period of time and, therefore, was immediately tested for coronavirus, and yesterday that test returned positive for the 25-year-old.”

The man did not have any contact with the broader Darwin community.

“There was some port staff that had interacted with that ship, but they were dressed in the appropriate PPE and keeping contact to a minimum, and I’m advised they didn’t come into contact with the infectious individual,” Ms Fyles said.

“But those people are now contacts and are in isolation and have been tested.”

Ms Fyles assured the NT government had put measures in place to prevent infections coming into the Territory from Asia.

“The Northern Territory at the start of the coronavirus pandemic put in place measures noting our proximity into Asia and China and the travelling time on vessels being within 14 days; we couldn‘t rely on that as an incubation period for the coronavirus,” she said.

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