Pentagon refused to evacuate crew of aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt

The head of Pentagon Mark Esper did not see the need to evacuate the entire crew of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, on board of which there have been cases of infection with the new coronavirus. The U.S. Secretary of Defense said this in an interview with CBS on Tuesday.

“I don’t think we are at this stage,” he answered the journalist’s question about the need to evacuate the crew. According to Esper, the aircraft carrier is supplied with a lot of medical supplies and medical personnel are sent. There are no people on board who are seriously ill, he added.

March 26, the coronavirus was diagnosed with 25 U.S. military personnel on board the U.S. Navy’s Theodore Roosevelt nuclear carrier.

On March 21, the infection was detected in 35 U.S. military personnel in Europe.

On March 31, Esper reported the death of the first soldier from coronavirus. The soldier died on March 28. He was hospitalized in New Jersey on March 21. Where exactly he served was not reported.