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Playa Zahara update

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The Ministry of Health is today confirming 16 of the 18 crew of the Spanish-flagged shipping vessel the Playa Zahara have tested positive for COVID-19.

As with the Viking Bay vessel earlier this week, the public health risk from these results is considered to be low. The swabs were taken in Port Taranaki on Tuesday after reports of a flu-like illness on board as a precursor to a scheduled crew change.

Standard Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocol, including the appropriate use of PPE, was used throughout the crew’s testing.

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