South Korea tests 176 workers at Busan port

South Korea has tested 176 workers at the port of Busan following a coronavirus outbreak among crew members of a Russian cargo ship.

Kwon Jun-wook, director of South Korea’s National Institute of Health, said on Tuesday June 23rd that all 21 crew members were tested after the ship arrived at Busan’s Gamcheon Port on Sunday carrying frozen seafood. He said the ship’s captain failed to properly inform port authorities that three of the crewmembers were experiencing a high fever.

The 176 people being tested included cargo handlers, customs officials, repair workers and interpreters who made contact with the infected crew members. Port officials and workers earlier on Tuesday agreed to halt unloading cargo from the ship and another Russian ship at the port.