Five more sailors aboard aircraft carrier test positive for coronavirus

As President Trump tries to reopen the economy ahead of the coronavirus pandemic Pentagon's top management is sending out another message warning the crisis could stay well into the summer. The difficulty of the challenge was underscored by the new

Modly said the aircraft carrier would remain pierside in the USA territory with the crew limited only to the ship's pier.

It's unclear how long it will remain there, but the move cuts the number of carriers in the region by half, according to Breaking Defense.

We are in the process now of testing 100 percent of the crew of that ship to ensure that we're able to contain whatever spread might have occurred there, ' Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said from the Pengaton Thursday. But Navy officials said that won't affect their combat power. A US official told ABC News that the carrier is expected to arrive in Guam late Thursday.

"Our medical team aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt is performing testing for the crew consistent with [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines, and we are working to increase the rate of testing as much as possible, ' Gilday said in his statement".

Sailors who have tested positive have been quarantined and those in contact with the infected are also under quarantine. "We are isolating those who test positive".

"Aches and pains, and sore throats, but nothing that required hospitalization", he said.

"We expect additional positive tests, and those Sailors who test positive will be transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam for further evaluation and treatment as necessary", he said. "We're taking this day by day", he said. "Both of those go hand in glove".

The USS Roosevelt isn't the only part of the military getting hit by the coronavirus crisis.

The ship was last in port in Vietnam 15 days ago but Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Mike Gilday said it was hard to connect the cases to a particular port visit.

"It would be hard to tie down these active cases to that particular port visit", he said.

"No base or regional personnel will access the pier", Gilday said.

At that time, the number of cases in the country was low and all were in the northern part of the country away from the port.

A Navy official later confirmed the number as of Thursday was 23 cases on board the carrier, as was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The Navy reported three cases, the first for a deployed warship, on Tuesday.



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