WA's latest Covid cases are from guess where.....a live ex ship, the newly rebadged Al Kuwait. According to the West Australian, “It was not until Sunday evening that the Fremantle Port Authority heard of some issues on the ship. That was through word of mouth from another worker in the port and the information was then reported through the usual channels.”
And meanwhile, the Dept of Ag knew all along. McGowan said “The advice I have is (the Commonwealth) Department of Agriculture were informed but they didn’t tell the Fremantle Port Authority,” he said.
“Clearly, if there are cases of people reporting high temperatures on board that should be reported and red flags raised.”
Well clearly McGowan doesnt know the lengths to which the Dept of Ag will go to prevent any disruption to the live ex trade.....shovelling potential Covid under the carpet, leaving it to be reported by "word of mouth" says it all.
So, not so good for the poor workers or WA residents but could be a real bonus for the sheep, as with the 31 May approaching, 6 crew with Covid, probably a whole lot more set to come down with it and a biosecurity risk, its unlikely that the sheep for this voyage will be leaving Australia.