COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN US MEDIA: FIRED CAPTAIN OF AIRCRAFT CARRIER TESTS POSITIVE

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Added On April 7, 2020

The New York Times has reported that the removed captain of U.S. Theodore Roosevelt Warship tested positive for COVID-19.
 
The naval commander's widely publicized plea for help for his coronavirus-affected crew led to his dismissal.
 
Captain Brett Crozier's COVID-19 test result was reported on Sunday, just hours after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the captain's firing.
 
Esper told local media that Navy Secretary Thomas Modly had "made a tough decision, tough call" in deciding to fire Crozier from his command of the aircraft carrier.
 
Earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump said he supported the decision to remove Crozier over his inappropriate email regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the letter that leaked to the press, Crozier wrote quote "We are not at war" , "Sailors do not need to die."
 
Esper said that there have been 155 confirmed COVID-19 cases among sailors on board the Roosevelt, that more than half of the crew have been tested, and there have been no hospitalizations.
The Navy planned to evacuate 2,700 of the roughly 5,000 crew members on the vessel, leaving the rest on board to maintain the ship's operation.
 
Also on Sunday, a U.S. top doctor warned the country entered one of the most critical weeks so far in the coronavirus crisis.
 
According to Johns Hopkins University,  as of Sunday, more than 9,000 people have died of the pandemic among over 321,000 confirmed cases in the U.S.