Most of those affected by COVID-19 in the Australian ship anchored off the port of Montevideo since last week are “asymptomatic or have mild symptoms,” the Foreign Ministry of Uruguay explained in a statement on Monday.
Six people -four passengers and two crew- were evacuated from the cruise ship Greg Mortimer, since “due to their state of health they required specialized care”, so “they were referred to medical centers in the capital for their best treatment,” the note detailed. .
As detailed on Sunday by Efe the Navy spokesman, Diego Perona, the last evicted were two Filipino crew, about 40 years old, and an Australian passenger, 77 years old, after all of them had respiratory problems.
Previously, an Australian man and two women – one of that nationality and the other British – had been evacuated and transferred to the British Hospital in Montevideo for the same reason.
“The rest of the passengers and crew, who remain on board the cruise ship Greg Mortimer, have been classified as asymptomatic or with mild symptoms and, to this day, they are not at risk of aggravation that their hospitalization may require,” the text of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Uruguayan Foreign Minister, Ernesto Talvi, who went to the port on Sunday to closely monitor the joint operation of the Navy and the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) to evaluate all the passengers on the ship, said Monday that “after the Yesterday’s successful medical mission, the situation is absolutely under control. ”
In his official Twitter account, the head of Uruguayan diplomacy stressed that “the most important thing” is that those who continue on board “are asymptomatic or present mild symptoms.”
This Sunday a medical team boarded the Greg Mortimer cruise ship to assess the health situation of the 128 passengers and 83 crew members and, after testing all of them, reported that “there are a high number of positive results.”
The Foreign Ministry reiterated what Talvi already announced days ago at a press conference, that “in no case will passengers be allowed to descend”, unless there is “a humanitarian corridor” that allows them to return to their countries of origin and that would require ” the presence of an airplane for evacuation. ”
According to information sent this Monday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the MSP has organized “a telemedicine system to continuously assess the health situation on board the cruise ship.”
Uruguay has been in a health emergency since March 13, when the first four positives for COVID-19 were released, although there is no mandatory quarantine.