OREANDA-NEWS. The head of the US Department of Defense Mark Esper declared that at present he does not see the need to evacuate the entire crew of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, on board of which cases of infection with a new coronavirus were registered.

“I don’t think we’re at that point,” he said in an interview with CBS, answering the journalist’s question about the need to evacuate the crew. According to the Secretary of Defense, the aircraft carrier is supplied with a lot of medical supplies, and medical personnel are sent to the warship deployed in Guam. There are no seriously ill people on board, he added.

On March 26, a coronavirus infection was diagnosed in 25 people serving on board the US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt.