The Pentagon announced that three US sailors tested positive for the coronavirus while at sea. The sailors were aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and were been flown to a military medical facility for treatment.
“Three cases of Covid-19 have been identified among personnel currently deployed and underway on the USS Theodore Roosevelt, these are our first three cases of Covid-19 on a ship that is deployed,” said acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly.
“We’ve identified all those folks that they’ve had contact with and we are quantifying they as well,” he added.
They are the first reported cases of the virus aboard a US Navy ship while it was at sea.
The carrier was last in port 15 days ago as part of a visit to Vietnam. However, Navy officials would not say if the sailors were exposed to the coronavirus while there, noting that multiple aircraft had flown to the carrier in the intervening period.
There are approximately 5,000 personnel on board the carrier.