Seafarers and Covid. Crisis awaits

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By Sandra Tsui*

When a business manager is willing to spend US$200,000 to send home five employees whose contracts have expired and bring five colleagues to replace them on the spot, later telling a reporter the cost was the least of their worries, you can be sure a crisis is involved.

In this case, it is on the open sea, far away from the eyes of the world. But the victims of this tragedy also happen to be the people who move 90% of world trade – bringing food, medicine, fuel and other necessitites where they are demanded.

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