- Performing Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly reported Thursday that there are presently 114 coronavirus cases aboard the warship USS Theodore Roosevelt.
- ” I can tell you with terrific certainty there’s going to be more. It will most likely remain in the hundreds,” he informed reporters at the Pentagon.
- The updated case numbers followed an announcement that Modly had actually chosen to ease Capt. Brett Crozier, the commanding officer aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, due to a loss of confidence.
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The first coronavirus cases aboard the flattop were reported Tuesday of last week.
” I can inform you with great certainty there’s going to be more.
He said that none of the 114 that have checked favorable had been hospitalized.
On Wednesday, Modly told press reporters 1,273 sailors, approximately one-fourth of the team, had actually been tested.
The Navy is moving at least 2,700 sailors off the ship, and those who evaluate negative will be put up in vacant hotels on Guam, where they will be quarantined for 2 weeks.
Before the outbreak, the enormous flattop had actually been cruising the Pacific.
Modly’s forecast that the number of coronavirus cases aboard the carrier could eventually be in the hundreds came as he announced that he had eliminated the USS Theodore Roosevelt’s commanding officer of duty due to a loss of trust and self-confidence.
Capt. Brett Crozier, the ship’s CO, composed a letter caution that “the spread of the illness is continuous and speeding up.” He called for the removal of the majority of the crew from the ship as quickly as possible. “Sailors do not need to die,” he wrote.
The letter leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle and after that rapidly made headlines all over.
The acting Navy secretary accused the CO of mishandling details by distributing the letter outside the chain of command in a manner that made it prone to being dripped. He stated that Crozier worked out “poor judgment” and that his letter caused unneeded panic among sailors and military families.
” I have no doubt in my mind that Capt. Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest and wellness of his team,” Modly stated.