Coronavirus: Fishermen test positive despite spending 35 days at sea and testing negative before

- INDEPENDENT - Jan 16, 2021 -

Andy Gregory -

The Echizen Maru fishing trawler remains docked at Ushuaia's harbour in Tierra del Fuego Province (Alex Delelisi/AFP via Getty Images)

All but four onboard trawler contract virus during weeks of isolation

Argentinian health officials are scrambling to understand how nearly every crew member of a ship which spent 35 days at sea were found to have contracted coronavirus upon returning to land.

All 61 sailors aboard the trawler, Echizen Maru, tested negative for the virus upon departure from Buenos Aires in late May.

They were then flown to the Ushuaia, a typical jumping-off point for Antarctic voyages nicknamed “the end of the world”, where they were quarantined in a hotel for two weeks before setting sail.

After weeks at sea, some crew members started to display symptoms typical to Covid-19, and the ship returned to port.


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