AGENCIES, Washington: This is what happens when bureaucracy takes over humanitarian considerations.
A crew member who was among the 600 sailors who had tested positive for Covid-19 on the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has died of coronavirus, the US Navy confirmed on Monday.
Last week, the commander of the ship, Brett Crozier was sacked by acting US navy secretary Thomas Modly just because the navy officer had flagged his concerns about challenges of trying to contain the virus aboard the ship and requested that sailors be allowed to quarantine on land.
The aircraft carrier is currently stationed in Guam and is manned by 5,000 personnel on board. Following the incident, sailors who are not infected with coronavirus are being quarantined in local area hotels. The first three cases of infections were reported on March 24.
Around 1,000 staff are kept on board the vessel to perform key functions such as the operation of the ship’s nuclear reactors.