More Than 1,000 French Sailors Test Positive For Coronavirus—On A Single Ship
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rench Defense Minister Florence Parly told lawmakers that 1,081 of the 2,300 people aboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier—the flagship of the French navy and the country’s largest ship—have tested positive for coronavirus so far during parliamentary hearings about the infections Friday.
While social distancing measures were put into place on board the Charles de Gaulle and its several support vessels, there was a lack of testing equipment and masks that made stopping the spread of the virus tough, a spokesperson for the navy said.
One person who was infected onboard remains in intensive care and about 20 others were hospitalized.
Nearly every person on board has been tested, The New York Times reported, but the French navy is still waiting on nearly 1,000 more test results.
he ship is being subjected to a lengthy disinfection process from top to bottom at its homebase in Toulon, a port city in the south of France, where it anchored on April 12—a spokesperson said the French navy hopes to get the ship operational and back to sea in May.
The case echoes that of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, another military aircraft carrier that was the home to a coronavirus cluster while out at sea last month.