USS Theodore Roosevelt captain calls for help as coronavirus hits sailors

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The captain of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt called on Navy leaders for “decisive action” to provide isolation facilities and medical care needed by his sailors after a coronavirus outbreak on board, U.S. officials confirmed to Reuters on Tuesday.

“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die,” Captain Brett Crozier, the ship’s commanding officer, wrote in a Monday letter to Navy leadership. “If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our sailors.”

Crozier called for removing 4,000 of the 5,000 service members on the vessel, and isolating them.

He said the ship lacked sufficient quarantine facilities.

The Navy reported the first coronavirus case on the ship a week ago while the vessel was in the Pacific. As many as 80 reportedly have tested positive.

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