The captain of a US aircraft carrier, with more than 4,000 people on board, requested emergency assistance to stop the outbreak of the Corona virus on his ship.
Several people were confirmed injured on the “Theodore Roosevelt” aircraft carrier currently moored on Guam.
“We are not at war. The sailors need not die,” said the aircraft carrier’s captain, Brett Cruiser, in a letter to the Pentagon.
Cruiser recommended quarantining nearly all of the crew.
Cruiser said it is impossible to apply social divergence measures on board the aircraft carrier, as many sailors live in narrow spaces.
In his letter, dated March 30, the military official warned that the spread of the virus was “continuing and accelerating.”
“There is a need for decisive action,” he added.
“Moving the majority of workers from a working US nuclear aircraft carrier and isolating them for two weeks may sound like an exceptional measure. This is a necessary risk,” he said.
It is unclear how many sailors were infected with the virus on the aircraft carrier. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, which was the first media outlet to speak of the message, at least 100 sailors were infected with the emerging coronavirus.
A US Navy spokesman told Reuters news agency that the administration “is moving quickly to take all necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of the USS Theodore Roosevelt crew.”
What is the situation in the United States?
On Tuesday, the number of deaths from the Corona virus in the United States exceeded the figure in China, as the epidemic began. At least 3,400 people have died.
The number of cases exceeded 175,000, which is more than any other country, according to a statistic released by Johns Hopkins University.
The state of New York saw the largest number of injuries in the United States. State Governor Andrew Como warned that the outbreak had not yet reached its peak.
“We are still going up the mountain. The main battle is on top of the mountain,” Como said.
The authorities are setting up field hospitals in Central Park and other highlights of New York City, in an effort to reduce the burden on the health care system there.