Twenty-four more crew members on livestock carrier docked in Western Australia test positive for coronavirus
- Twenty-four staff from Al Messilah livestock ship tested positive for COVID-19
- The new cases range between 20 and 62-years-old, no livestock are on the boat
- WA Premier Mark McGowan said more positive cases could come from the boat
Another 24 crew members on a livestock carrier docked in Fremantle have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The new cases come after one staff member on the Al Messilah tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.
They were taken off the boat and are now in hotel quarantine under supervision, while the 24 new infections remain on the vessel.
There have been another 24 staff members from the Al Messilah livestock ship (pictured) who tested positive for coronavirus
There are 52 staff on the Al Messilah, with WA Premier Mark McGowan saying more positive cases could come from staff on the boat.
No livestock are on the boat.
The new cases range between 20 and 62-years-old and are from several different countries.
Health Minister Roger Cook said authorities plan to remove as many people as they can from the ship to conduct a deep clean.
‘There is no risk to the community,’ Mr Cook said, as reported by NCA NewsWire.
Nine people from the port and two from Fiona Stanley Hospital have been in contact with the ship while wearing personal protective equipment and have been put in quarantine as a precaution.
The new cases range between 20 and 62-years-old. No livestock are on the boat. Pictured: sheep are loaded onto the Al Messilah in Fremantle in February 2019
Iron ore ship Key Integrity arrived in Fremantle from Geraldton on Monday carrying one crew member with coronavirus who has been isolated in his cabin.
The remaining 19 staff will be tested for COVID-19 on Monday.
Mr McGowan said international vessels were a threat to West Australia’s fight against coronavirus.
‘Ships arriving with COVID-19 onboard is one of the weakest links and the biggest risk to our way of life in WA,’ he said.
‘We need our federal government to take international action.’
WA Premier Mark McGowan said more positive cases of coronavirus could come from staff on the boat