Nature Will Find A Way : Mystery as 57 Argentine fishermen test positive for coronavirus despite spending 35 days at sea and testing negative before they left

  • Echizen Maru fishing vessel left port in Ushuaia, southern Argentina, 35 days ago
  • It returned after several sailors fell ill; 57 out of 61 are positive for coronavirus
  • Scientists are baffled because ship had no contact with land while it was gone 
  • Sailors all tested negative and had 14-day quarantine before voyage began

Doctors are trying to work out how 57 out of 61 sailors on board this fishing vessel caught coronavirus, after they spent 35 days at sea and tested negative before they left

Argentina is trying to solve a medical mystery after 57 sailors were infected with the coronavirus after 35 days at sea, despite the entire crew testing negative before leaving port.

The Echizen Maru fishing trawler returned to port after some of its crew began exhibiting symptoms typical of COVID-19, the health ministry for the southern Tierra del Fuego province said Monday.

According to the ministry, 57 sailors, out of 61 crew members, were diagnosed with the virus after undergoing a new test.

However, all of the crew members had undergone 14 days of mandatory quarantine at a hotel in the city of Ushuaia.

Prior to that, they had negative results, the ministry said in a statement.

Two of the other sailors have tested negative, and two others are awaiting test results, the province’s emergency operations committee said.

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