The U.S. Navy reported its first suspicions of the new corona virus on board a ship and said a sailor had tested the disease positive, but the result had to be confirmed by health authorities.
It came a week after another US Navy sailor stationed in southern Italy signed COVID-19 that 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) tested & # 39; presumably positive & # 39; for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), marking the first case for a sailor on board a naval ship" the Navy said in a statement on Sunday evening.
The sailor was in quarantine at home. "The personnel with whom the person was in close contact immediately were notified and are in self-isolation in their dormitories."
The Navy said the U.S. disease control and prevention centers should confirm the positive outcome.
According to local media, the USS Boxer is currently in the port of a naval base in San Diego.
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