Pentagon chief Mark Esper refused to evacuate the crew from the coronavirus-ridden aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt because he does not see the need for it. Esper said this in an interview with CBS.
According to him, the authorities provide the aircraft carrier with a lot of medical supplies and send medical personnel as necessary. At the same time, according to Esper, there are no crew members who would be “seriously ill.” The Pentagon is now trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Defense Secretary added.
Last week, Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modley reported the first cases of infection on Board Theodore Roosevelt. According to him, the infected were evacuated from the aircraft carrier. The ship itself was sent to the island of Guam, where the US Navy base is located.
According to Reuters, almost 80 cases of infection have now been recorded on Board the aircraft carrier. The ship’s captain, Brett Crozier, sent a letter to the US Navy command, calling for decisive measures to save the lives of sailors and stop the spread of the virus.
According to the latest data, more than 189 thousand cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the United States. More than 4,000 people died, and more than 7,000 were cured.