Crew members of a local ro-ro found COVID-19 positive
Philippine Coast Guard on tight watch at Bauan Bay
MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard personnel in Batangas are on patrol along Bauan Bay after authorities conformed 28 out of 82 crew members of MV St. Anthony de Padua turned positive with COVID-19.
The vessel came from Caticlan, Malay, Aklan and was bound for Batangas City.
According to a Philippine Coast Guard report, when the vessel reached Batangas over the weekend, one of its crew members manifested COVID-19 symptoms and when he underwent RT-PCR test, it was found he was positive of the virus.
The other crew members subjected themselves to testing whose results revealed 27 others were COVID-19 positive.
The Batangas Provincial Health Office assisted the crew and evacuated three personnel now confined at San Juan Doctors Hospital, Golden Gate General Hospital and Chateau Royale Kalinga Hotel where they were isolated. It was learned they were doing fine.
All the COVID-19 positive crew members remained aboard and are on isolation as they are attended to by their on-board doctor.
The Provincial Health Office assured the Philippine Coast Guard and the crew of the necessary assistance should there be any need of further attention.
The ship’s management has continuously updated the Philippine Coast Guard of the isolated crew members’ prevailing conditions. (Melo M. Acuña)
Philippine Coast Guard elements patrol Bauan Bay in Batangas as 25 other crew members of MV St. Anthony de Padua turned COVID-19 positive. Three others have been evacuated to hospitals and an isolation facility in Batangas City. (Philippine Coast Guard photo)