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Coronavirus / Crew on ship docked in Lerwick in quarantine following Covid cases

The survey vessel Ramford Vanguard is berthed at the Greenhead Base. Photo: Shetland News

ALL crew members onboard a seismic survey vessel currently docked at Lerwick harbour which is linked to the recent cases of Covid-19 in Shetland are quarantining, according to the vessel’s owner.

A spokesperson for PGS, which owns the Ramform Vanguard, said crew members are not allowed to disembark the ship.

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It comes after three positive coronavirus tests came through the local laboratory since the weekend, and were added to the local tally.

NHS Shetland declined to comment further on the small cluster of cases but confirmed that they were all inter-linked and originated from outside the isles.

A spokesperson for PGS said on Wednesday: “We have implemented quarantine and social distancing for all crew onboard the vessel and they are not allowed to disembark the vessel.

“We are following our Covid-19 procedures and cooperating fully with the authorities in Lerwick and national health authorities. All crew are currently in good health with no virus symptoms.

“The Scottish public health authority will carry out new testing on Thursday this week to check that there has been no new infection onboard.”

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