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Coronavirus infections on Al Kuwait livestock carrier double to 12

The number of coronavirus-infected crew from the livestock carrier Al Kuwait, currently docked in Fremantle, has increased to 12.

The vessel arrived in Fremantle, Australia from the United Arab Emirates with 48 crew onboard. Six crew tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week and another six were found infected with the virus on Thursday.

The local workers who boarded the ship have also been tested and are expected to have their test results today.

According to the local health department, 38 crew members are currently in hotel quarantine and the remaining 10 crew remain onboard.

The livestock carrier came to Fremantle to pick up around 56,000 sheep, which were bound for the Middle East, and the delayed departure could see the voyage cancelled altogether due to laws banning the sailing of livestock vessels from Australia into the Middle Eastern summer months.

 

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Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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