“The only symptom that they have which led us to suspect that they contracted [the B.1.617.2 Indian mutation] is the speed with which they contracted Covid-19. Other than that, their symptoms are similar to [the SARS CoV2] strain common in Indonesia.”
Ichlas said the staff will tighten their use of personal protective equipment or PPE, as well as health protocols. The B.1.617.2 Covid-19 strain was found on 13 Filipino sailors on board an Indian cargo ship that sailed to Cilacap from the country last April.
The authorities verified the results from genome tests. At least one of the sailors was confirmed to have died of Covid-19 at the hospital.
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