Tests find eight more naval ship crew with COVID-19 antibodies

  • 21 May, 2020
  • John Van Trieste
Disinfecting the Panshih after a COVID-19 outbreak onboard. (Photo Courtesy Ministry of National Defense)

An investigation into the source and spread of a COVID-19 outbreak aboard a naval ship is nearing its conclusion, with a report expected soon. A total of 36 on board the naval ship Panshih during a recent mission fell ill and tested positive for COVID-19.

However, tests have now revealed that eight more who were on board during the mission have COVID-19 antibodies in their blood. The eight are not being added to Taiwan’s total number of COVID-19 cases because labs are unable to replicate the COVID-19 virus from the blood samples.

So far, 26 of the 36 cases from the ship have recovered, while the remaining ten patients are still undergoing medical treatment.

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