Yacht still under quarantine, says Dr Fong

A billionaire-owned superyacht that was denied entry to New Zealand and instead travelled to Fiji. Picture: NEWSTALKZB

A superyacht owned by a German billionaire that was denied entry to New Zealand recently is still under quarantine in Fiji, Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said.

He said the border quarantine case was a 44-year-old man who had arrived in Fiji on the yacht on March 6.

“His last port of call was Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea and he returned a weak positive test result upon routine testing while undergoing the standard 14-day quarantine on board the vessel in the quarantine mooring, in accordance with the Blue Lanes initiative,” said Dr Fong.

“It is unlikely that this person is currently infectious and therefore, this is considered a historical case of COVID-19.

“He has been transferred to the isolation ward at Lautoka Hospital and management of this case will follow our standard protocol for positive cases.”

The superyacht had diverted to Fiji after it was denied entry to New Zealand because Immigration NZ considered its crew of more than 20 too big a bubble.

It is owned by a billionaire German industrialist and superyacht builder Guido Krass, who is presently also on board.

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