Results of whole genome sequencing from nine crew members of the MS Mattina show they have the Delta variant of COVID-19. The results also show the variant isn’t linked to any previously confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Zealand.
Three of the crew members have again returned negative results today following further testing. The health and welfare of the crew, and wider public health issues, are being overseen by Southern DHB’s Medical Officers of Health, who are working closely with maritime, port and other government agencies.
As we indicated in our update earlier today, all crew who have tested positive will remain quarantined on board the vessel at this time, where they will maintain the minimum functions at the port.