Quarantines pandemic hits container shipping, Chile leading

One more mega container ship, this time MSC LAUREN, was caught with two crew positive tests at San Antonio, Chile, right after arrival from Callao, Peru, on Jan 14. All the usual routine – PCR tests, ship’s to move to Valparaiso anchorage, for quarantine. On Jan 12, GUAYAQUIL EXPRESS was knocked out of service by one positive antigen test, has been moved to Valparaiso and put under quarantine. MSC LAUREN is the latest in series of 4 ships, disabled by Chilean health authorities during last 11 days (two mentioned above plus MSC BRANKA and MT ARICA.
On the other side of the world, meanwhile, in Greenock UK, MSC feeder MSC SAMIRA III crew returned positive lateral flow tests, plus two of the crew experiencing severe symptoms, it wasn't specified.
MSC LAUREN is caught in quarantine second time, first time (same port, same everything) in Sep last year, with one positive test.

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