Twenty-nine crew members of St. Anthony de Padua, a roll-on-roll-off cargo vessel operated by 2GO, tested positive for COVID-19 in Batangas, the Philippine Coast Guard reported on Monday, August 9.
Most of the patients are quarantined aboard the ship, which is anchored at Bauan Bay, while four severe cases are isolated in different hospitals in the province:
- Chief mate – San Juan Doctors Hospital (San Juan)
- 2nd engineer – Golden Gate General Hospital (Batangas City)
- 1 officer – Golden Gate General Hospital (Batangas City)
- 2nd officer – Chateau Royale Kalinga Hotel (Nasugbu)
The 25 crew members who remain onboard the vessel either have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic.
A doctor is onboard the vessel to check on the crew, while Batangas’ health office is attending to their other needs.
The PCG station in Batangas said it would continue conducting patrols off Bauan Bay to make sure no watercraft would come near the vessel and no crew member would disembark without proper coordination. – Rappler.com