According to the ship operator TUI Cruises, a dozen crew members on a cruise ship docked off the coast of Greece have now tested negative for COVID-19 twice after initially testing positive.
The 12 crew members aboard the Mein Shiff 6 cruise ship tested positive for the virus on Monday and were immediately isolated, along with 24 other crew members who had come into contact with them. However, these “unclear positive” results were later identified as negative by two more tests – PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests carried out by TUI Cruises on the ship and rapid antigen tests carried out by Greek authorities in the port city of Piraeus press release from TUI Cruises.
“Another PCR test carried out by the Greek authorities should confirm this again. The results are expected today,”
None of the 12 crew members showed any symptoms, and the rapid antigen tests for the 24 close contacts were negative.
The ship left the port city of Heraklion, the capital of the Greek island of Crete, on Sunday evening. All 922 guests tested negative for COVID-19 before boarding. According to a TUI spokesman, the crew members are tested for the virus every two weeks.
The company resumed cruise operations in Germany at the end of July and, according to the spokesman, began sailing in Greece on September 13th.
ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.