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Argentinian officials are faced with a mystery after a boat arrived back at a port in the province of Tierra del Fuego after 35 days at sea, and 57 out of the 61 crew members tested positive for COVID-19.

This comes after the entire crew of the Echizen Maru tested negative before they departed, as well as completing a 14-day mandatory quarantine session.

The crew is currently in isolation on the boat and aren’t allowed to disembark. At this stage only medical personnel are allowed to board the boat docked at Ushuaia.

Speaking to France24, the director of primary health care in Tierra del Fuego, Alejandra Alfaro, said that it’s hard to establish how this crew was infected considering that, for 35 days, they had no contact with dry land and that supplies were only brought in from the port of Ushuaia.

The chronology of symptoms in the crew to establish the chronology of contagion is currently being examined by a team.

On Sunday, Argentina passed the 100,000 total cases mark and their current death toll is at 1,859. The country’s epicentre is Buenos Aires.

Image credit: Daily Mail

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