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Royal Navy coronavirus panic: HMS Queen Elizabeth postpones sailing after COVID outbreak

The ship remains docked in port as medics carry out further testing to isolate the infected crew members. The vessel was originally scheduled to leave the port on Monday evening. The Royal Navy confirmed the vessel will now leave port on Tuesday evening.

 

A Royal Navy spokesperson said: “A small number of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s personnel have tested positive for COVID during routine preparation for sailing.

“Those affected have been isolated and are working with the NHS Test and Trace system to ensure the virus does not spread further.

“The crew will continue to follow appropriate health guidelines.

“The HMS Queen Elizabeth will depart once their status has been confirmed.”

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Lucy Fisher Defence editor at The Times tweeted: “Seven coronavirus cases identified among HMS Queen Elizabeth crew.

The massive ship was scheduled to spend two weeks at sea.

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US made F-35 fighter jets from RAF Marham’s 617 Squadron will be stationed on the carrier.

The ship also has American Lightning aircraft.

The project to make the UK’s two aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, has cost £6 billion.

Source:Daily Express :: UK Feed

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