A total of 13 crew members onboard a bulk carrier, which departed from the Philippines at the end of July and arrived in Zhoushan, East China’s Zhejiang Province, are suffering from fever, according to local epidemic control and prevention authorities. Some of the crew members were sent to hospital on 10th Aug, after one of them had sought for help by uploading a video asking for assistance. Nucleic acid tests showed 16 crew members tested positive for COVID-19.
The (IMO: 9139995) bulk carrier, a Panamanian vessel whose mother company is located in North China’s Tianjin Municipality, is carrying 20 Chinese crew. On July 2-14, it docked at a port in Indonesia, and arrived at a port in the Philippines on July 26, reads a statement released by the Zhoushan health authorities.
The vessel left the Philippines on July 30 for Nantong, East China’s Jiangsu Province, during which time 13 crew members developed symptoms of fever. Nantong denied the entry of the ship, leaving it isolated in the waters off Zhoushan, the statement said.
Emergency rescue was being provided to the crew members, Zhoushan health authorities had guaranteed the rescue would be completed in strict accordance with local epidemic prevention orders, the statement on 8 Aug noted.