French Navy reports 50 COVID-19 cases aboard Charles De Gaulle

Charles De Gaulle Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier
Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier is the flagship of the French Navy

Fifty crew members aboard France’s flagship aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the armed forces ministry said on 10th April.

An armed forces ministry statement said that three sailors had been evacuated by air to a military hospital in Toulon, southern France, home port of the carrier.

A team equipped to carry out tests for coronavirus infection boarded the vessel on Wednesday just after the armed forces ministry had reported signs of COVID-19 symptoms among 40 crew members.

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Three sailors were evacuated from the vessel and taken to hospital in the Mediterranean port of Toulon as a “precaution.”

“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.

The aircraft carrier, which is equipped with its own intensive care facilities, has 1,760 personnel on board.

The nuclear-powered carrier, which had most recently been taking part in exercises with northern European navies in the Baltic Sea, is continuing its journey to Toulon, where it is due to dock in the coming days.