Two crew members on a bulk carrier berthed off WA’s north have been diagnosed with COVID-19, Health Minister Roger Cook says.
The two cases on the ship nine nautical miles off Port Hedland, which has 20 crew members on board, are among three cases confirmed in WA overnight.
The pair were tested after suffering a respiratory illness but do not require hospitalisation, Mr Cook said.
A rapid response team will be flown via helicopter to the vessel to test the other crew members, who aren’t showing any symptoms.
They may be removed to complete a fortnight of self-isolation on land.
Mr Cook said he didn’t expect any of the crew would need to come to Perth.
“Our full expectation is they will be able to manage the situation in Hedland,” he said.
The minister said there was no cause for concern among the Pilbara town’s residents.
“This situation is well and truly in hand.
“Any positive personnel are being isolated and they’ll continue to be isolated. I think people can take great comfort from the response.”
He said the vessel had been en route to take a shipment of manganese ore.
The other case is a returned traveller from the UK.
The three new cases bring the number of active cases in WA to nine.
Originally published as Ship crew among three new virus cases