Carona virus:668 infected on french aircraft carrier named charles de gualle


About 668 people were inffected through carona virus on a french aircraft named charles de gualle. There were about 2000 people on that aircraft about one third of them got inffected from virus.

About thirty-oneof them  are in quarantine. One of them is in very insensitive case.

The infection total looks set to rise, as 30% of test results are not yet in.

The carrier returned to french port of Toulon early from Atlantic exercises.  Last week the aircraft carrier was brought home 10 days early from its Atlantic deployment after some sailors showed symptoms.

Earlier this month nearly 600 coronavirus cases were confirmed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, one of two US aircraft carriers in the western Pacific.

One sailor later died of Caronavirus in Guam, after the ship – which has a total crew of 4,800 – had docked there.

The ship’s captain Brett Crozier was fired after his letter pleading for help with the outbreak was leaked to  the US media. A public outcry over that dismissal triggered the resignation of acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly.

Meanwhile, a Dutch navy submarine, MS Dolfijn, has returned to its Den Helder base two weeks early because of a coronavirus outbreak on board.

Eight of the 53 crew tested positive and the submarine, which had been sailing near Scotland, is now in quarantine.

Following the outbreak on the US carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the US Navy is attempting to quarantine the crew of the USS Nimitz on board, ahead of a future deployment. The problems of confinement are heightened on such large vessels.

A typical US nuclear-powered carrier has a crew of over 5,000, including the ship’s sailors and air wing. Aircraft carriers are the prime tool of global military presence and this pandemic is proving hugely problematic for the US Navy.

The number of carriers available is limited and there are never enough. The US Navy is taking drastic measures. The carrier USS Harry S. Truman, at the end of a seven-month mission, is being held offshore, to ensure that at least one carrier is ready for a short-notice surge deployment if required.

The carrier, which had helicopters and fighter jets on board, was accompanied by two frigates – one for aerial defence and the other an anti-submarine vessel.

There had been no virus outbreak on the other frigate.

So far, 1,767 sailors from the battle group have been tested for the virus, the vast majority from the aircraft carrier itself, said the ministry statement.

The Charles de Gaulle, which can transport about 2,000 sailors, had been deployed in the Atlantic as part of a NATO exercise after taking part in Operation Chammal, which seeks to contain the ISIS (ISIL) group in Iraq and Syria.

Sailors from the Charles de Gaulle and one of the frigates – and the pilots who returned the aircraft to their respective bases – are all placed in isolation for 14 days, the ministry said.

The vessels in the battle group are being disinfected, the ministry said.

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