Seven Nigerian seafarers, among the nine-member crew on board a tanker vessel that arrived Spain from Nigeria, have tested positive to the rampaging Covid-19 virus.
The nine crew members were said to have taken rapid Covid-19 tests which turned out to be positive for seven sailors.
The Maltese-flagged Samus Swan oil and chemical tanker, owned by Danish Uni-Tankers, has been quaratened at the Isla Verde Exterior dock, since Tuesday, according to Spanish media. The local health authorities have banned anyone to board or leave the ship.
According to informed source upon arrival, the Captain reached out to local authorities amid concerns that some of the seafarers might have been exposed to the virus and were showing symptoms.
The seafarers are now pending results of retesting by Spanish health authorities. Initial results of retesting confirmed two crew members had the virus.
The two men have been taken to a hospital for medical treatment, while the remaining crew members remain on board, in quarantine, pending their results.