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There are already five ships in quarantine after detecting cases of the Indian variant



At least 26 sailors from five ships that are docked in the ports of Valencia, Bilbao and Vigo have tested positive in coronaviruses, some of which of the Indian variant, so all its crews are in quarantine, as reported by the authorities of those cities.

On Canary Islands They also study another possible case of an infected Indian variant, who was traveling in an oil tanker that has been anchored in the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since last May 1, when he was evacuated to the Doctor Negrín University Hospital in the capital.

In Vigo, four crew members of the Prometheus Leader ship are hospitalized – one of them in the ICU-, of a total of seven infected on board by the Indian variant of the coronavirus, according to the latest balance the Sergas, the body that manages hospitals and public health centers in Galicia.

The Singapore-flagged ship has a crew of Indian and Philippine nationals, some of whom were recently in New Delhi and flew to London to join the ship that departed from the British port of Southampton, southern England. .

The Prometheus Leader It has been moored in the port of Vigo since last week with the quarantined crew on board and must be maintained at least until May 10, unless the shipowner decides to replace the crew and continue its route.

In Bilbao, three crew members of the ship Stavanger Pearl, two of them of Indian nationality, have tested positive in covid-19 and they are isolated along with a fourth suspected case, while the rest of the crew remains in quarantine inside the ship.

According to the Bilbao Port Authority, the first two affected crew members were transferred with symptoms compatible with covid-19 to the hospital in Cruces, where the corresponding PCR tests were performed, and later another crew member tested positive.

The three remain isolated in a hotel in Derio (Bizkaia), where there is also another sailor who has initially tested negative, but who has symptoms compatible with the disease.

The ship, which is destined for Rotterdam, docked at the Punta Sollana dock in the Port of Bilbao last Sunday, with 21 crew members from the El Suweis port (Suez Canal).

In the port of Valencia, thirteen sailors from two ships are confined after testing positive for coronavirus, although none of them require hospital care for now, so they remain in quarantine inside the ships, while the variant of the virus is analyzed.

Specifically, seven crew members of the Skiathos I ship, of the Marfret shipping company, and six of the Maersk UTAH, of the Maersk company, have indicated to EFE sources from the Government Delegation of the Valencian Community.

To the infected their temperature is taken twice a day to monitor their evolutionn that, for the moment, it is positive, and the contacts they may have had are being followed up.

The two ships arrived at the Port of Valencia on May 1 and that in their crews there were sailors with symptoms of covid-19: six in the ‘Maersk Utah’ and four in the ‘Skiathos I’, although finally the PCR tests have left a balance of six infected in the first and seven in the second.

The Port Authority of Valencia authorized the docking of ships, coming from Algeciras and Barcelona, ​​in safe inland waters and away from commercial activity, to be able to more easily attend to infected people and guarantee better compliance with quarantine and protocols.

On the other hand, The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands is studying a possible case of a variant of the Indian strain in a crew member of that nationality of an oil tanker which has been anchored in the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since last May 1, when it was evacuated to the Doctor Negrín University Hospital in the capital.

The Cielo di Hanoi ship, flying the Liberian flag, had been in the Gran Canaria port for a week until last April 26, and when it was in waters near El Hierro it had to return to La Luz when it detected the possible case of covid of the crew member. , now admitted to the hospital.


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