- Title: Fired Navy Captain Brett Crozier reportedly tests positive for COVID-19
- Date: 5th April 2020
- Summary: DANANG CITY, VIETNAM (MARCH 05, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT SAILING INTO TIEN SA PORT IN DANANG CITY VARIOUS OF TWO MEN LOOKING AT THE CARRIER THROUGH BINOCULARS A WILD MONKEY SITTING AS THE CARRIER PASSING BY MAN FISHING FROM A ROCK AS THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT PASSING BY VARIOUS OF USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT
- Keywords: Brett Crozier COVID-19 Captian Crozier Crozier Guam Navy Pacific Theodore Roosevelt USA coronavirus positive test
- Reuters ID: LVA004C87T35Z
- Location: APRA HARBOR, GUAM + DANANG CITY, VIETNAM + GUAM, UNITED STATES + UNKNOWN LOCATION + YOKOSUKA, JAPAN
- City: APRA HARBOR, GUAM + DANANG CITY, VIETNAM + GUAM, UNITED STATES + UNKNOWN LOCATION + YOKOSUKA, JAPAN
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:42
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Brett Crozier, the Navy captain relieved of his command of the Theodore Roosevelt earlier this week after a scathing letter in which he called on the Navy to take action to halt the spread of the coronavirus aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was leaked to the media, has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
Crozier started showing symptoms of the virus before he was relieved of his command of the Theodore Roosevelt on Thursday and has tested positive, the New York Times reported, citing two Naval Academy classmates who are close to Crozier. The number of crew on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier who have tested positive for the coronavirus has risen 13% in the past 24 hours to 155, the Navy said on Saturday, in the wake of the firing of the carrier's captain.
The Navy did not immediately respond to a request for comment but does not usually discuss individual cases due to privacy laws. The Pentagon also did not immediately respond.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the Navy's controversial decision to remove the commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier. The move sparked intense backlash as videos posted on social media showed sailors aboard the vessel cheering Crozier as he departed and an online petition called for his reinstatement. It has also become a political lightning-rod as the Trump administration faces intense criticism for its handling of the nation's coronavirus outbreak.
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