WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A number of fishing boat crews flying to New Zealand on charter planes have contracted the coronavirus.
Health officials said Tuesday that 11 have tested positive so far and another 14 cases are being investigated.
The crew members have been quarantined at a hotel in Christchurch since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could be a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to become crew on ships.
Jeremy Helson, chief executive of Seafood New Zealand, said all the men tested negative before flying to New Zealand. “While we are waiting to see how many cases there are, the fact that they were all detected in quarantine indicates the system is working properly,” Helson said in a statement.
The origins of the infected crew members were not immediately clear, although a number of fishing crews had arrived in New Zealand in recent days from Russia and Ukraine.
New Zealand has successfully eliminated the spread of the virus from the community.
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HERE WHAT ELSE HAPPENED:
NEW DELHI – India has added more than 46,000 cases of coronavirus infection and 587 deaths in the past 24 hours.
With 7.59 million cases, India’s total detected cases are second in the world, behind only the US. Although the number of new infections detected daily in the country has fallen in the past month, independent experts have warned against weakness.
They pointed out that people who don’t wear masks or keep their distance during the upcoming festival season, combined with the cold weather, could cause a spike in cases.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that India was devising a strategy to immunize its population using a digital health plan, under which everyone gets an identity card containing all health-related information.
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