The number of coronavirus cases on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Pacific Ocean has spiked to “dozens”, with authorities moving to isolate the entire crew in port, US media have reported.
The US Navy say that the ship was last in port in Vietnam more than two weeks ago. The Wall Street Journal first reported that at least 23 sailors aboard an aircraft carrier tested positive for Coronavirus.
“The more than eightfold spike in the number of positive cases in two days aboard the ship is the latest red flag of how the pandemic is affecting the US military. There is now at least 280 service members who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as of Thursday morning, an increase of at least 53 from the 227 reported on Wednesday. And there are nearly 600 positive cases across the Defense Department, which includes civilians, dependents, and contractors. According to Modly, 133 of those are in the Navy.”
On the 24th of March 2020, it was reported that three sailors aboard the deployed vessel tested positive for COVID-19. Within a few days, that number climbed to “dozens”.
Theodore Roosevelt was reported to be the first ship in the U.S. Navy to have a COVID-19 outbreak while at sea.
“As testing continues, additional positive cases of COVID-19 have been discovered aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt,” Admiral Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations, said in a statement issued Thursday.
“We are taking this threat very seriously and are working quickly to identify and isolate positive cases while preventing further spread of the virus aboard the ship.”