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Federal or state? Authorities can’t agree on who’s responsible for fate of the Aquagenie

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The Department of Health said it only managed health-related issues on the vessel and confirmed no other crew members had reported signs of illness.

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The Aquagenie has been docked off the coast of Karratha since March 28, after making the voyage from Manila to load a shipment of iron ore destined for China from Port Walcott.

A crew member first returned a positive rapid COVID-19 test on board the vessel on April 8 and was later evacuated to Karratha Health Campus, where he returned a second positive test.

He was later airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital but has since been discharged into hotel quarantine.

On Wednesday, the captain of the Aquagenie returned a positive rapid test on the ship after showing mild COVID-like symptoms,…



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