A Covid-19 outbreak has struck a Filipino-crewed cargo ship off the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Burgas, killing one person and making several crew members sick, according to a statement by the Ministry of Health on July 20.
The first patient had complaints of fatigue, cough and fever on July 7 and was transported to Burgas University Hospital on July 14, where an antigen test for Covid-19 was positive, the ministry said.
The remaining 19 members of the ship’s crew were tested on July 15. Eleven tested positive.
The crew was ordered to be in isolation and their general condition is monitored daily, the ministry said. Disinfection of the vessel is arranged.
Three of those who tested positive have a fever and cough.
On July 18, the crew member was transferred to the intensive care unit at the hospital in Burgas and died the next day.
On July 19, another crew member who tested positive had difficulty breathing while his general condition worsened. He was transferred to the hospital in Burgas.
The ministry announced that the ship arrived in Burgas on July 14th and should leave on July 23rd. The previous port of call was in the United Arab Emirates.
The health authorities are monitoring the development of the situation and are exercising strict controls to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the ministry said.
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