WAV Comment (Mark):
Despite the overwhelming wishes of the Australian people to stop live exports; the government seems to ignore them and continue to bow and make excuses for support of the trade. If I lived in Freemantle and heard this news I don’t think I would be very impressed with this situation.
Sems that the Health Minster and the WA Premier have now got a bit of a problem here.
The authorities want to ‘remove the ship so that it can be cleaned’ !
If Australia did not have the live animal export trade then there would be no (live export ship) crew infections; no risk to the people of Freemantle (Health Minister Roger Cook said authorities were working to get as many people as possible off the ship and into hotel quarantine) – so sick crew now being taken ashore into a hotel reduces the risk, does it ?
We say Karma to the government – sadly, people may die as a result of all this; livestock ship crew being taken ashore ? – increasing the chances of infection to other land based folk no doubt. If the government has to keep on dreaming up excuses for the vile trade to continue; them let them dream up excuses for this new situation.
If the citizens of Australia don’t like it – then get them out !
You know how ‘Mr Coal’ failed you in the recent fires !
Further to our very recent post re Covid on a livestock ship docked in Freemantle:
It now seems to be getting much larger within a day – 24 crew now seem to have tested positive.
Coronavirus outbreak on Al Messilah livestock carrier at Fremantle Port sees 24 more crew members test positive
Another 24 crew members on board a livestock carrier docked at Fremantle Port in Western Australia have tested positive for coronavirus, as a move to phase 5 of eased COVID-19 restrictions has again been delayed in the state.
- The 24 infected crew members remain on the Al Messilah in Fremantle
- Authorities want to remove people from the ship so it can be cleaned
- WA’s phase 5 restrictions have been delayed but there is relief for venues
One crew member from the Al Messilah ship had already been diagnosed and brought onshore to quarantine in a hotel.
The other 51 crew from a number of countries remain on the ship, which was scheduled to be loading stock but has now been delayed.
Health Minister Roger Cook said authorities were working to get as many people as possible off the ship and into hotel quarantine to allow for deep cleaning of the vessel.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said it was possible there could be “further positive results in coming days”.
“It is becoming clear that ships arriving with COVID-19 on board is one of the weakest links and the biggest risk to our way of life in Western Australia,” he said.
Mr McGowan demanded the Commonwealth “step up” and work with other jurisdictions on the issue, saying WA received around 30 vessels to its ports every day.
“We need a coordinated, international approach to this and we need our Federal Government to take international action,” he said.
Move to phase 5 restrictions delayed
WA’s tentative date to move to phase 5 of eased COVID-19 restrictions had been pencilled in to begin this weekend.
It would have seen the 2-square-metre-per-person rule abolished along with the 50 per cent capacity limit at major venues.
Mr McGowan said WA would extend phase 4 restrictions for now, but the 2-square-metre rule would be modified.