Barge crew return negative Covid tests

Saturday 28 November 2020 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Local, National

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Barge crew return negative Covid tests
The MV Taunga Nui at Avatiu port last November. 20112760

Crew onboard MV Taunga Nui all returned negative results after being tested for Covid-19 yesterday.

After two weeks of travelling at sea from Brisbane, Australia, the crew managed to bring across the newly purchased barge by Cook Islands General Transport.

Yesterday, managing director Cook Islands General Transport Malcolm Sword, together with friends and families gathered for a blessing ceremony of the new barge after it was granted permission to berth at the Avatiu wharf.

Te Marae Ora health spokesperson Jaewynn McKay confirmed all crew members returned negative results from the tests taken that morning.

Earlier this week, Principal Immigration Officer Kairangi Samuela advised that the members include seven Fiji nationals and a New Zealand national.

Samuela said they received the negative Covid results for all crew dated October 28, 2020 completed on their arrival into Australia, and negative test results for all crew members dated November 7 within the 96 hours while in 14-day quarantine.