WA indentifies 12 COVID cases aboard tanker docked in Fremantle Harbour

Testing has identified 12 positive cases of Covid 19 in 22 crew members who came in on an oil and chemical tanker which docked in Fremantle Harbour yesterday.

Three crew members have been taken to hospital. Two of those are in ICU. The others are quarantining on the ship.

There has also been a diplomat from Serbia who flew into Perth on 29th September test positive for COVID.

The man in his 30s flew in with his wife and child and all were self-quarantining in an apartment. The diplomat tested positive a few days later and the family has since been transferred to hotel quarantine.

Four close contacts have been identified – people who work at the apartments and the driver who picked them up from the airport. All of those people are self-quarantining.

The WA Health Department says the case is very low risk to the community

Air New Zealand, the country’s flag carrier airline, says it will require passengers on its international flights to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in what is one of the world’s strictest policies for travellers.

“Being vaccinated against COVID-19 is the new reality of international travel — many of the destinations Kiwis want to visit are already closed to unvaccinated visitors,” Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said in a statement.

New Zealand plans to reopen its international borders, which have been closed since March 2020 to anyone who is not a New Zealand citizen, early next year.

Air New Zealand would implement the vaccination policy from February 1, the airline said.

“As with anything, there will be some that disagree,” Mr Foran said.

“However, we know this is the right thing to do to protect our people, our customers and the wider New Zealand community.”

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