USS Kidd Urgently Went To The Base In San Diego Because Of The COVID-19 Outbreak
The USS Kidd, on which there was an outbreak of coronavirus, on Tuesday arrived at the naval base in San Diego (California), according to data from the international tracking system for the movement of ships AIS.
According to representatives of the US Navy, almost 50 infected out of 350 sailors of its crew have been identified on Board the ship since last week. After it arrives in San Diego, the American military command decides what measures should be taken against the team.
On Monday, the US Navy reported that at least 47 sailors on board the destroyer USS Kidd were diagnosed with a coronavirus. He was involved in an operation to combat the supply of drugs from Central America. In connection with the outbreak of coronavirus, the universal landing ship USS Makin Island with a medical team was urgently sent to help the destroyer, which was off the coast of Mexico.
"45% of the USS Kidd (DDG 100) crew members have already tested for COVID-19, 47 have tested positive," the US Navy said in a statement. Another 15 sailors were transferred to the USS Makin Island (LHD 8) for observation due to persistent symptoms. None of them are in the intensive care unit or on a ventilator."
In connection with the outbreak of COVID-19 on Board the USS Kidd, the US Navy command decided to send it to the nearest naval base of the Pacific fleet-in San Diego. The ship was heading for the base at a maximum speed of more than 30 knots per hour.
The destroyer USS Kidd was the second American ship to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak while at sea.
The outbreak was previously recorded on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Due to the deterioration of the situation at the end of March, the aircraft carrier was urgently sent to a base on the island of GUAM in the Western Pacific ocean. On Board, the number of people infected with the virus is already close to a thousand. Most of the crew of 4,8 thousand sailors went ashore and is under quarantine.
Currently, cases of coronavirus have been recorded on 26 US Navy warships stationed at bases. Another 14 ships had cases of COVID-19, but those who were ill had already recovered.