US Navy reports first suspected coronavirus case aboard USS Boxer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – The US Navy has reported its first suspected case of the novel coronavirus aboard a ship, saying a sailor has tested positive for the disease but the result needs to be confirmed by authorities sanitary facilities.

It came a week after another U.S. Navy sailor stationed in southern Italy contracted COVID-19, which has killed more than 3,700 people worldwide, including nearly 70 in the United States.

A Sailor assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) has tested ‘presumptive positive’ for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), marking the first case for a sailor aboard a US vessel. Navy, “the Navy said in a statement Sunday evening.

The sailor was in quarantine at the home, he said, adding that “staff with whom the individual immediately identified as having close contact have been notified and are in self-isolation in his residences.”

The Navy said the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should confirm the positive result.

The USS Boxer is currently in port at a naval base in San Diego, according to local media.

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