An Australian warship with several Covid positive crew members has docked in disaster hit Tonga to deliver urgent aid. The Tongan government allowed the HMAS Adelaide with infected crew members to dock and offload supplies on Wednesday. “The ship is undertaking an entirely contactless delivery of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies,” a statement from Australia’s foreign affairs said.

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The Australian warship left Brisbane on January 21, carrying about 80 tonnes of relief supplies, including water, medical kits and engineering equipment. In a press conference on Tuesday, Australia’s Defence Minister Peter Dutton said that 23 cases have been detected on the HMAS Adelaide, from a crew of more than 600 people. The Pacific Island nation was devastated by a tsunami following an underwater volcano eruption off its coast on January 15.

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