Eleven international seamen have tested positive for Covid-19 days after arriving in Christchurch.
A hotel in Christchurch has gone into lockdown after being alerted to a “significant number” of potential Covid-19 cases, following the arrival of more than 200 fishermen from Russia and Ukraine.Christchurch hotel locked down after Covid-19 outbreak among overseas fishing crewhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.417.2_en.html#goog_1138782100Play Video00:14
Stuff previously reported about 440 fishermen from Russia and Ukraine were due to arrive on two flights chartered by fishing companies – the first of which is thought to have touched down from Moscow via Singapore on Friday.
Many of the 237 people onboard have been isolating at the Sudima Hotel, near Christchurch Airport, since their arrival.
Ministry of Health spokeswoman said there were 11 positive cases at the facility and another 14 were “under further investigation”.
The cases were all imported. They were detected as part of routine day three testing.
The spokeswoman said some of the cases requiring further investigation could be historical.
“All relevant public health measures are being taken. At facilities, strict infection, prevention and control processes are followed to minimise the risk to public and staff.”
The positive cases were part of a group who “are the only people staying at this facility”.
“This is an example of our border controls working as they should,” the spokeswoman said.
Further details will be announced on Wednesday, she said.