A Costa Cruises crew member on the Costa Diadema, was landed today in Genoa because he tested positive for Covid, according to the Italian News agency ANSA.
The news agency reports that five other people, apparently crew members, who had been in contact with the crew member were also sent ashore. The seafarer, of Indian nationality, had boarded the cruise ship a few days ago and had been placed in preventive isolation as required by the company’s proedures. During the mandatory screening, he tested positive although he was asymptomatic. The Italian Border Health Unit took over the care of the crew members and accompanied him to a facility dedicated to COVID patients.
The popular Crew Center covered the story and explained Costa’s protocols as follows:
“The company implemented pre-screen measures for each crew member in their country of origin, including two different swab tests for evaluation of suspected COVID-19 cases. Prior to embarking the crew members are tested for the third time; those confirmed negative are allowed on board and are placed in a 14-day quarantine. During this period their health is monitored with daily temperature checks. Before crew members enter service they are tested once again.”
Nine Costa crewmembers tested positive for COVID-19 this summer. Four crew members tested positive for COVID aboard the Costa Deliziosa and five crew members on the Costa Favolosa tested positive for the virus in August, as we reported earlier.
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