US Navy captain pleads for help to stop coronavirus outbreak on ship

Around 4,000 crew are currently stuck onboard the Theodore Roosevelt. Scores of people have tested positive for the virus, with the captain of the ship desperate for help in curbing the outbreak.

The carrier is currently docked in Guam, a territory of the US in Micronesia.

In a letter to the Pentagon, Captain Brett Crozier said: “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die.”

Captain Crozier currently recommended quarantining the entire crew.

He said that given the large amounts of crew living in such confined spaces, it was almost impossible to isolate sick individuals.

He warden that the coronavirus’ spread was now “ongoing and accelerating”.

The letter was dated March 30th.

Further on in the letter, he said: “Decisive action is needed.

“Removing the majority of personnel from a deployed US nuclear aircraft carrier and isolating them for two weeks may seem like an extraordinary measure.

“This is a necessary risk.”

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It is not yet clear how may crew members on the ship have coronavirus, according to the BBC.

First to report the letter was the San Francisco Chronicle, which said at least 100 sailors were infected.

Meanwhile, in the US, the virus death toll on Tuesday surpassed the figure reported in China, where the outbreak began.

At least 3,400 have died.

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And, the number of confirmed cases – over 175,00 – is more than any other country, according to Johns Hopkins University.

New York state has seen the highest number of infections.

Its governor, Andrew Cuomo, warned the peak was still to come.

He said: “We’re still going up the mountain. the main battle is on the top of the mountain.”

Field hospitals are being erected in anticipation for when health services can no longer hold virus patients.

One will be built in Central Park, while others will occupy New York landmarks.

Similar scenes have materialised in London’s ExCel Centre.

There, 4,000 beds have been made available in order to ease the pressure on the NHS.

London has become the worst hit part of the UK, with Birmingham following close behind.

Hospitals in the capital are struggling to cater for the number of patients seeking medical care.

Last month, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust became the first hospital to admit it was turning coronavirus patients away.

It said it was being forced to send ill patients to neighbouring hospitals because of a lack of space.

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