General says coronavirus likely to affect more Navy ships

Uss Theodore Roosevelt

USS Theodore Roosevelt, Photo Date: July 15, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. military leader says the Navy aircraft carrier sidelined in the Pacific with more than 400 crew members infected with coronavirus is unlikely to be the only deployed ship affected by the outbreak.

Gen. John Hyten, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells a Pentagon news conference that one sailor has been hospitalized in intensive care in Guam, where the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been docked for more than a week.

Hyten says another carrier, the USS Nimitz, which is in a U.S. port preparing for overseas deployment, has reported “a very small number” of cases on board.

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