Spirit of Tasmania crossings were postponed after a Melbourne crew member returned a positive test. | Avocado


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Spirit of Tasmania crew members returned a negative test result after close contact tested positive for COVID-19 last night. The positive case was a subcontractor to TT-Line and was detected in Melbourne, which resulted in the removal of the ship’s crew yesterday and their quarantine at the hotel before being tested. Prime Minister Peter Gutwein said on Saturday the top 11 close contacts would remain in quarantine for 14 days and carry out further testing. Mr Gutwein said he was happy that TT-Line and Tasmanian Public Health worked quickly to ensure the risk of COVID-19 entering Tasmania is minimized. “You just have to look at what’s going on in New South Wales and Victoria,” he said. “If Delta [variant] comes off here, people will die. With crew members isolated, Friday night departures from Devonport and Melbourne had to be postponed, and those on board were given the option of staying in their rooms or disembarking. TT-Line General Manager Bernard Dwyer has confirmed that around 150 passengers have been affected by the canceled crossings. “I would like to thank the passengers for their patience and the crew members for their cooperation,” he said. no risk for passengers booked on this crossing.