US Navy evacuates COVID19-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt

US Navy evacuates COVID19-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt
US Navy evacuates COVID19-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt

The US Navy has evacuated sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam after its captain warned a coronavirus outbreak was threatening the crew.

Ninety-three COVID-19 cases have been reported among the 4,800- crew so far, according to the US Navy.

“The plan at this time is to remove as many people off the Teddy Roosevelt as we can, understanding that we have to leave a certain amount of folks on-board to perform normal watch-standing duties that keep the ship running,” Rear Admiral John Menoni, commander for the Marianas region, said.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said that almost 1,000 of the crew had been evacuated and that that number would rise to 2,700 within days.

The Pentagon also confirmed that more than 1,400 DoD employees have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including 771 military personnel. 

With about 217,000 cases, the US reports the most coronavirus cases in the world with a death toll of 5,130.

George Costa

George Costa is a reporter specialized in defence and security systems. He covers international defence and security issues, such as international conflicts, WMD proliferation, and cybersecurity, as well as news reporting on developments in the global defence community.
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