The Seychelles authorities have reported that 70 seafarers from the crew of the tuna fleet vessels have already tested positive in this archipelago of the Indian Ocean, where they arrived last week to rotate their crew.
According to Public Health Commissioner Jules Gedeon, four other sailors had given positive results this Sunday on the tests carried out on the 197 crew members arriving by plane in Seychelles for crew changes, bringing the confirmed cases to 70, while the result of five more is expected.
“The seventy have been isolated in the fishing boats, which are located in a quarantine area in the harbor,” he said. “They are fine and have no symptoms,” he added, making it clear that only one had “a fever and is in the perseverance center,” according to the Seychelles news agency.
Late on Wednesday, Gedeon announced three positives among the nearly 200 African seafarers arriving on Tuesday in the archipelago who had undergone an exit check in their country of origin, including PCR, three days before leaving for the archipelago. at the request of the authorities of Seychelles. “All laboratory results sent to and assessed by the Public Health Authority were negative,” he said.
However, rapid tests conducted by the shipping companies once the sailors were on board revealed that 20 of them had traces of COVID-19 in their system. In view of this finding, local shipping agents have contacted the authorities to confirm the result and take appropriate action, leading to new tests.
The 115-island Indian Ocean archipelago had so far registered only 11 cases of COVID-15 and had not added any new contamination since April 5. The Seychelles authorities hope to reopen tourism in August, their main source of income, followed by fishing.