The South Africa National Ports Authority says it is in the process of tracing those who may have been in contact with 14 Filipino crew members onboard a ship in the Durban harbour, who tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) says the vessel, Eaubonne, arrived from India on Sunday.
However upon arrival at the Port of Durban, as a standard precautionary measure, all 14 crew members on-board the vessel were tested for the coronavirus, and it was confirmed that they all tested positive.
It is not yet known which variant of the virus they contracted.
TNPA has also confirmed the death of the ship’s Chief Engineer, who passed away from a heart attack.
The vessel is currently in quarantine at the Port of Durban in line with COVID-19 regulations.
Port Health has also assigned a team to go onboard and check on the crew members.
(With input from SABC)