Coronavirus: Allegra crew member tests negative to COVID-19, classified as historic case by WA Government

Charlotte EltonThe West Australian
VideoA returned traveller at the Pan Pacific in Perth has caught COVID-19 from an infected guest staying in the room next door.

The crew member aboard the Allegra ship docked in Kwinana — who tested positive to COVID-19 yesterday — has now tested negative to the virus.

The man in his 20s tested positive after being taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for an unrelated ailment on Sunday.

Today, the State Government confirmed that it was a historical case of COVID-19.

This means that the man is no longer contagious.

Dr Andrew Robertson, Chief Health Officer confirmed the case was classified as ‘historic’ and therefore no longer infectious.
Camera IconDr Andrew Robertson, Chief Health Officer confirmed the case was classified as ‘historic’ and therefore no longer infectious. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

This morning, Premier Mark McGowan said his strong preference was for the ship to set sail for Malaysia “as soon as possible”.

“We are expressing to the Federal Government that we'd like the ship to sail as soon as possible.

“The crew are healthy, the ship is ready to go. It reduces the pressure on Western Australia if the ship sells immediately.

“There are meetings later on today with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (and) WA Health will put the view to Commonwealth that the ship needs to sail immediately.”

The crew member aboard the Allegra ship — who tested positive to COVID-19 yesterday — has now tested negative to the virus.
Camera IconThe crew member aboard the Allegra ship — who tested positive to COVID-19 yesterday — has now tested negative to the virus. Credit: 7NEWS/7NEWS

The Allegra arrived at Kwinana on Friday after departing Djibouti on the eastern horn of Africa 20 days earlier on May 8. Prior to that, it stopped in Egypt on May 3 and Turkey on April 30.

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