Cargo ship AquaGenie records COVID-19 case off the coast of Karratha.

It seems every time there is some good COVID-19 news, bad news is waiting around the corner.

In a press conference today, Mark McGowan announced WA has recorded a positive case of COVID-19 onboard the cargo ship AquaGenie off the coast of Karratha.

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Premier Mark McGowan confirmed a man in his 50s on board the bulk carrier ship AquaGenie has tested positive to COVID-19 and as a result, a smaller ship was sent out to retrieve the crew member.

The male in his 50’s is expected to be transferred to Perth today where he will be taken to Royal Perth Hospital to a dedicated isolation ward.

Due to the positive test, the AquaGenie and its 20 crew on board have been told that they can’t dock in WA.

“It’s a timely reminder COVID-19 remains a very real threat, Western Australia is the envy of the world for our management of COVID-19, we want to keep it that way.” said Mr McGowan.


To date, the latest positive case brings WA’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 955 with 11 active cases now being monitored in the state.

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