Thursday, April 2, 2020

100 US Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt hit by coronavirus

The US Navy has announced that almost 100 sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have been hit by coronavirus outbreak to quarantine in Guam hotels, where it is presently harboured. 

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said Wednesday that 93 sailors from the ship have tested positive for the virus to date, representing more than 10% of all cases across the entire US military. He said about 1,000 sailors have been evacuated form the ship and moved ashore to Guam where the ship is currently in port, reports CNN.

Modly said 1,273 of the ship's roughly 4,800 crew members have been tested for the virus so far and the Navy was still awaiting the results of some of those tests.

However, the ship will not be evacuated in its entirety due to the need to continue to perform essential tasks such as the operation of the aircraft carrier's nuclear reactor.

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