Spirit of Tasmania crossings were postponed after a Melbourne crew member returned a positive test. | Examiner


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Spirit of Tasmania crew members returned a negative test result after close contact tested positive for COVID-19 last night. The positive case was a subcontractor to TT-Line and was detected in Melbourne, which resulted in the removal of the ship’s crew yesterday and their quarantine at the hotel before being tested. Prime Minister Peter Gutwein said on Saturday the top 11 close contacts would remain in quarantine for 14 days and conduct further testing. Mr Gutwein said he was happy that TT-Line and Tasmanian Public Health worked quickly to ensure the risk of COVID-19 entering Tasmania is minimized. READ MORE: Elderly woman dies after crashing into utility pole ‘Just look at what’s going on in NSW and Victoria,’ he said ‘If Delta [variant] comes off here, people will die. With crew members isolated, Friday night departures from Devonport and Melbourne had to be postponed, and those on board were given the option of staying in their rooms or disembarking. “I would like to thank the passengers for their patience and the crew members for their cooperation,” he said. Deputy Director of Public Health Dr Julie Graham said there was no risk to passengers booked on this cruise. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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