Concerns were raised when the ship’s captain reportedly denied biosecurity officers access to search some on-board areas while it was docked at Hay Point on Monday. Photographer: Liam Kidston.
Concerns were raised when the ship’s captain reportedly denied biosecurity officers access to search some on-board areas while it was docked at Hay Point on Monday. Photographer: Liam Kidston.

Chinese coal ship crew test results revealed

A CHINESE coal ship crew has been cleared of coronavirus after a standoff with biosecurity inspectors.

A Queensland Health spokesman said all 21 test results from the ship's crew came back negative to COVID-19.

Concerns were raised when the ship's captain reportedly denied biosecurity officers access to search some on-board areas while it was docked at Hay Point on Monday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said authorities were monitoring the ship and had secured the captain's co-operation with health teams on Tuesday.

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said authorities were monitoring the ship and had secured the captain’s co-operation with health teams on Tuesday. Photographer: Liam Kidston.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said authorities were monitoring the ship and had secured the captain’s co-operation with health teams on Tuesday. Photographer: Liam Kidston.

Queensland Health said none of the crew were displaying obvious symptoms while the ship was being searched.

The spokesman was cautious to outline what would have happened if a positive COVID-19 case had been detected on-board.

But, he said the recent cases involving a Bundaberg fruit picker and a Rockhampton nurse illustrated that health teams could adapt to outbreaks on a case-by-case basis.

"There's no one size fits all response," he said.

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