50 cases of Covid-19 aboard France’s ONLY aircraft carrier, Defense Ministry confirms
A military medical team was dispatched to the Charles de Gaulle to assess the situation after the start of the outbreak. Of the 66 people tested after its arrival on Wednesday, 50 returned positive results, the ministry said on Friday.
Three infected sailors were evacuated from the Charles de Gaulle on Thursday by an NH90 military helicopter to Portugal before being airlifted to a military hospital in Toulon.Also on rt.com French Navy flagship & its ONLY carrier 'Charles de Gaulle' cuts Middle East op as DOZENS of sailors get Covid-19 symptoms
The patients’ lives are said to be out of danger, with the command taking them to the shore as a precaution.
The medic team remains on the ship to conduct an epidemiological study and oversee quarantine measures.
Reports this week said dozens of sailors on board the French warship had been isolated with symptoms of the disease, prompting it to set sail to Toulon instead of taking part in France’s Operation Chammal against Islamist fighters in the Middle East.Also on rt.com Acting US Navy secretary RESIGNS amid scandal over coronavirus-hit USS Theodore Roosevelt
The French Navy is not the first to have its capabilities undermined by the pandemic. The US Navy last month had to send the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to Guam after a Covid-19 outbreak on the ship.
The health crisis also led to a scandal after a scolding memo by the ship’s commander, which alerted his superiors to the need for swift evacuation of the sailors, was leaked to the press. Last week Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his duties by then acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who in turn resigned shortly afterwards.
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