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50 test positive for COVID-19 aboard French aircraft carrier

Iran Press TV

Friday, 10 April 2020 4:48 PM

France's armed forces ministry has announced that 50 coronavirus cases have been recorded among the crew of the country's sole aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle.

"The results of 66 tests showed 50 cases of COVID-19 aboard the Charles de Gaulle. There is no deterioration of the sailors' medical condition at this stage," the ministry said on Friday.

The ministry had reported on Wednesday that some crew members were showing symptoms.

The ship, which was deployed to the Atlantic, is continuing its return journey, which was initially scheduled for April 23.

"While awaiting the early return of the aircraft carrier in [the southern city of] Toulon… extra measures aimed at protecting the crew and containing the spread of the virus have been put in place," the ministry added.

The nuclear-powered carrier has 1,760 personnel on board. Parts of the ship have been put on lockdown and all the crew members are now wearing face masks.

Last week, Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned after mishandling a coronavirus outbreak on US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.

Modly had relieved the Theodore Roosevelt's captain, Brett Crozier, of his command for writing a letter – leaked to the media – alleging the Pentagon was not paying adequate attention to a virus outbreak among the ship's 4,800 crew.

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