Coronavirus concerns sidelines aircraft carrier to Guam


"We are already starting the process of testing 100 percent of the crew to ensure that we've got it contained", acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly told reporters at the Pentagon.

Wall Street newspaper reported for the first time the increase.

There are around 800 COVID-19 test kits on board, but more are being flown in.

The acting Navy secretary spoke shortly after Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Reuters that the Pentagon would no longer be disclosing in granular detail where cases of COVID-19 in the us military have been detected.

"The ship is pulling into Guam", Modly said, adding that its crew will remain at the pier as testing is done.

Modly told reporters that the sailors who have been airlifted off the ship so far due to COVID-19 exhibited "very mild" symptoms including "aches and pains" and "sore throats".

'Our ships are sailing, our planes are flying, and training is still happening to safeguard our U.S. national interests and those of all of our allies and partners around the world, ' he added. It's last port visit was in Da Nang, Vietnam, but Pentagon officials said they hadn't determined if that was where the first crewmember was exposed to the coronavirus. Navy officials believe the sailors could have contracted the virus there. "No one on the crew will be allowed to leave anywhere to Guam except on the bridge side", he said.

Cmdr. John Fage, a spokesman for the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet, said the decision was made to protect crews of the ships from the spreading coronavirus, which has been found on several vessels in San Diego.

Earlier this month, the carrier visited the central Vietnamese city of Danang.

Aquilino also said that because he was asymptomatic, he hasn't been tested for the virus. "My health is no different than anyone else's".

The USS Roosevelt isn't the only part of the military getting hit by the coronavirus crisis. There are now a total of 280 military personnel who tested positive for the new coronavirus on Thursday morning, an increase of 53 from the 227 reported on Wednesday.

Despite the social distance measures taken throughout the department, as is the case throughout the country, Joint Staff Surgeon Brig.



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