About a third of nearly 2,000 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and two escorts were positive for Covid-19, the French defense minister said on April 16.
According to AFP, after testing about two-thirds of the sailors on the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the number of people positive for Covid-19 was 668 cases. 31 people are being treated at the hospital and one has to be taken to intensive care.
Last week, after a number of sailors on board showed symptoms of Covid-19 infection, the French Ministry of Defense decided to return the ship Charles de Gaulle 10 days earlier than expected, when it was carrying out a task. in the Atlantic.
The aircraft carrier with helicopters and warplanes on escorts was escorted by two other warships, one for air defense and the other for anti-submarine warfare.
Sailors from the Charles de Gaulle, an accompanying warship and pilots returning the aircraft, were isolated within 14 days, according to the French Ministry of Defense.
No cases were found on the remaining escort.
To date, 1,767 sailors from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier combat group have been tested for corona virus, about 30% of sailors are still awaiting results but more than half of the tests have been performed positive. .
The Charles de Gaulle, capable of carrying 2,000 sailors, was deployed in the Atlantic as part of a NATO exercise after participating in Operation Chammal to halt Islamic State operations in Iraq. and Syria.
The French Defense Ministry said all combat ship groups were being disinfected.