As many as 15 crew members from MV Lambelu have tested negative for the coronavirus, while two others tested positive for the virus and were transferred to Dadi Special Hospital in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar for treatment.
"The 15 crew members of MV Lambela who have tested negative for the COVID-19 have been taken to the Swissbel Hotel to rest while waiting for further developments," chief secretary of state-owned shipping company PT Pelni Persero Yahya Kuncoro said in a press statement released on Thursday.
The 17 crew members are the second group of MV Lambelu crew members disembarking in a local port, based on the guidelines set by the Makassar Port Health Office on Wednesday (April 22).
Kuncoro said the company continued to monitor the health condition of those crew members who were receiving treatment at a hospital or were self-isolating aboard the ship.
"Based on the information we received today, Alhamdulillah (thank God) all crew members are in good health and none of them has complained. They all have received medical services in accordance with the procedure," he said.
MV Lambeli is still maintaining the quarantine and is to remain at the Makassar port until April 27. "The management will complete the quarantine and portstay period, in accordance with future developments. If it is not possible, they will not force us to go," he said.
Some crew members are self-isolating aboard the ship.
"The health and security of all crew members are our priority. The management will also ensure that all crew members will receive attention and support for their recovery during the pandemic," he said.
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