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The crew of a Hong Kong-flagged oil tanker have been tested en masse for COVID-19 following a NSW Police operation to meet the ship on the high seas.

The Haruna Express had been anchored offshore waiting for clearance to dock in Sydney, NSW Police said.

The NSW water police boat WP25 adjacent to oil tanker, Haruna Express where 21 crew were tested for COVID-19. Picture: Supplied / NSW Police
media_cameraThe NSW water police boat WP25 adjacent to oil tanker, Haruna Express where 21 crew were tested for COVID-19. Picture: Supplied / NSW Police

On Thursday, NSW Police Marine Area Command delivered 25 COVID-19 test kits to the Haruna Express, which was situated some three nautical miles off the coast of Sydney.

The police boat WP25 remained alongside the 28,000-tonne oil tanker while all 21 crew members on-board were tested.

A NSW officer watches on as police deliver COVID tests for the crew of an oil tanker, Haruna Express, waiting off the coast near Sydney. Picture: Supplied / NSW Police
media_cameraA NSW officer watches on as police deliver COVID tests for the crew of an oil tanker, Haruna Express, waiting off the coast near Sydney. Picture: Supplied / NSW Police

The test kits have been returned for analysis by NSW Health.

The results have yet to be released.

Originally published as Hong Kong crew tested en masse for virus

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