Three offshore crew workers destined for rigs and platforms off Myanmar have reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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The three workers for Petronas and Total had tested positive after travelling on a charter flight from Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon to Dawei (Tavoy) further south, according to local news outlet Eleven Myanmar.

The three are now being kept in isolation at Dawei Hotel after testing positive for Covid-19 on 30 September.

“Three crew members were kept in quarantine… they came to Dawei from Yangon to make crew changes in Petronas and Total oil companies,” said Dr Oakkar, spokesperson of the Yangon region public health department.

Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas operates the Yetagun gas field off Myanmar while French giant Total is at the helm of the Yadana offshore gas project there.

As of Thursday, there had been 13,373 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Myanmar and 310 deaths although there has only been limited testing, especially in more rural areas.