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Philippine Engineer Sailing from South Africa Tests Positive in Tuticorin | India News


TUTICORIN: A 44-year-old engineer from the Philippines, who sailed from South Africa on a cargo ship where he works, was hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19.
Honbilla engineer Anthony Oberiano was among the 29 crew members, including 25 Indians, another Filipino, a Serb and a Hellenic aboard the MV MSC MILA freighter that arrived in Tuticorin on Wednesday.
A Tuticorin port official said the ship’s captain sent an email to port authorities on Tuesday seeking medical assistance for a crew member for malaria.
Upon arrival in Tuticorin, port health officials conducted an on-board inspection and samples were collected from the aforementioned crew member from the Philippines.
The RTPCR test in a private facility showed that it came back positive late at night.
At one o’clock in the morning on Thursday, he was admitted to the hospital of the Thoothukudi government medical school.
Hospital dean C Revathy Balan said the engineer had traveled to Tuticorin on a freighter that had been in South Africa earlier this month.
Tuticorin port officials tested him as he had shown symptoms. The dean said his vital signs are stable although the CT scan showed infiltrations.
Results for inflammatory markers are awaited, he said, adding that he is being closely monitored.
A source at the hospital said he will be tested if he is infected with the new variant.
The ship’s employees are being monitored.
Meanwhile, the ship sailed from Tuticorin on Thursday morning.
Health officials instructed the ship’s authorities to constantly update port health officials on the status of other crew members.
A port official said the workers’ level of awareness was carried out on the ship.
When the ship was asked to keep its gym and other recreation centers closed for 14 days, until April 7, those on board were also asked to maintain social distance and that those who serve food must wear personal protective equipment. to avoid possible spread.

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