The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Monday has reportedly said that 28 crew members of a cargo ship that had been anchored off the Batangas province tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
The PCG has said that it had constantly been supervising the roll-on and the roll-off vessel St. Anthony de Padua when 28 of 82 members of the crew tested positive for Covid-19.
When the vessel reached Bauan Bay, Batangas on Aug 7 after travelling from Aklan, a crew member started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. He was immediately taken for an RT-PCR test, the result of which came positive.
The remaining crew members had also taken the test, and 27 turned out to be positive.
Three COVID-positive crew members were taken to different hospitals. However, the remaining crewmen who had been experiencing mild symptoms were quarantined aboard the same vessel.
The PCG station in Batangas has said that it would continue to conduct patrols off the Bauan Bay to ensure that no watercraft comes near the vessel and that no affected crew member disembarks with improper coordination.
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