A sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt died of Covid-19 after being placed in intensive care for 4 days.
It was the first US Navy sailor to die from Covid-19, the US Navy said in a statement on April 13. The U.S. Navy did not disclose the identity of the sailor who died, but he was taken to the intensive care unit at the US Naval Hospital on April 9, CNN said.
Nearly 600 sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt have been identified positive for Covid-19. In a statement, the US Navy said 92% of the ship’s nearly 5,000 crew were tested for corona virus.
The outbreak on the Roosevelt aircraft carrier is not only complicated by the increasing number of sailors positive for Covid-19, but it has also become the focus of political issues. Captain Brett E. Crozier was fired by Navy Secretary Thomas Modly after a letter pleading for help for the sailors on board.
Navy Minister Thomas Modly also resigned after he criticized the captain of the aircraft carrier Roosevelt. The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is anchored on Guam island to evacuate its crew and isolate them in hotel on the island.