US Navy Destroyer has 64 Sailors Testing Positive for COVID-19

The US Navy Destroyer has 64 sailors who are infected with COVID-19. The ship is expected to be disinfected and cleaned in San Diego while the crew is isolated. Check out more details here.

Updated: Apr 29, 2020 12:11 IST

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64 sailors test positive for COVID-19 in the warship.

The number of sailors testing positive for Covid-19 aboard US Navy destroyer, the USS Kidd, rose to 64 as the warship on Tuesday afternoon docked at a naval base in San Diego, California, Xinhua news agency reported citing local media.

The Everett-based vessel has a crew of around 300, and by Tuesday afternoon, 63 percent of the crew had been tested positive to the virus, according to a report published in the Daily Herald.

All are expected to be tested; eventually, the report quoted Lt. Cmdr. Megan Isaac with the Navy Office of Information as saying. The ship is expected to be disinfected and cleaned in San Diego while the crew isolated and confined, said the report. The Navy destroyer is the second US warship to be hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus while at sea following the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Before the explosion of the virus, the Kidd had been assigned to the recently enhanced counter-narcotics mission in the Eastern Pacific aimed at countering illicit drug trafficking.