A liner with nearly 300 passengers was denied access to the port of Puerto Madryn, in southern Argentina and its passengers ordered to isolation Tuesday, November 30, after the detection of a case of Covid on board , against a background of fear linked to the new Omicron variant.
Argentina's health ministry said in a statement that it had "
ordered the isolation of all passengers aboard the Hamburg ship
," after the announcement on Tuesday of a positive case.
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The liner, under the flag of the Bahamas, is currently in the open sea off Samborombon Bay, about 280 km southeast of Buenos Aires, after making a stopover in the Argentine capital on Friday.
After an on-board alert on a possible positive case, PCR tests were carried out in 24 hours on the 170 passengers and 156 crew members, "
all negative including that of the person concerned
" who nevertheless remained in isolation. on the ship, according to Minister Carla Vizzoti.
A "precautionary measure" against the Omicron variant
But a crew member, medical staff, who tested negative on Saturday, tested positive for antigen on Monday.
The person is "
", according to the captain of the ship quoted in the ministerial statement.
An epidemiological investigation was launched on board, "
the results of which will give the next steps to be followed
", underlines the ministry.
In Buenos Aires, 37 passengers had disembarked once the negative tests were known, and 152 had boarded.
The ship was heading for the south coast of Argentina, but the Port of Puerto Madryn, 1,300 km from Buenos Aires announced Tuesday denying it access.
His next scheduled stop is Ushuaia, 3000 km away.
Referring to the fear aroused by the Omicron variant, while Argentina has not yet identified a case, the ministry recalls that Cape Verde, where the ship had called, “
is more than 600 km from the African continent, that the epidemiological situation in this country is favorable, with a weekly average of five new cases of COVID-19 per day
Despite this, given the risk generated by the new Omicron variant and as a precautionary measure, the measures described have been taken,
” he adds.