French aircraft carrier heading home due to suspected COVID-19 cases

2020-04-09 04:32:03Xinhua Editor : Zhao Yuning ECNS App Download

French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle had to interrupt its mission in the North Sea and head home after the discovery of around 40 suspected COVID-19 cases on board, the French Ministry of Armed Forces said on Wednesday.

"About 40 crew members have symptoms compatible with a possible COVID-19 infection," said the ministry in a statement. "There are no signs of aggravated cases among the patients."

The nuclear-powered carrier is heading home and will return earlier than expected to Toulon in southern France, it added.

A team of epidemiologists from the military health service has been dispatched on board to check the spread of COVID-19 among the 1,760 crew members.


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