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Russia Quarantines Nuclear Sub Crew After Coronavirus Exposure

March 30th 20__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Future Society
Soviet Military Power

Underwater Quarantine

The crew of a nuclear missile-equipped submarine belonging to the Russian Navy is in quarantine over concerns they have been exposed to the coronavirus, according to The Drive.

A civilian contractor who came on board as part of a business trip had come into contact with somebody who tested positive for COVID-19, local news portal B-port reported. In response, Navy officials chose to put the entire crew into quarantine.

Depth Charge

It’s still unclear how many crew members are now under quarantine, but as The Drive points out, these types of submarines typically have a crew of around 110.

Russian news agency TASS reported over the weekend that “more than 3,700 Russian military personnel have been tested for coronavirus with all results coming back negative.”

Air Carrier

Russia’s military isn’t the only one feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

US Navy officials have also warned that a COVID-19 outbreak on the cramped quarters of aircraft carriers could be extremely dangerous. Navy officials confirmed to CNN last week that an increasing number of sailors on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier were testing positive for the virus.

“We are in the process now of testing 100 percent of the crew of that ship to ensure that we’re able to contain whatever spread might’ve occurred,” acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told reporters last week at a Pentagon briefing, as quoted by CNN.

READ MORE: Entire Crew Of A Russian Nuclear Submarine Is In Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure [The Drive]

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