The aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has reported an outbreak of Covid-19 cases. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that the British naval command ship, which is on a round-the-world tour, has injured about 100 people. According to the news, other ships of the warship accompanying the ship were also affected.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the entire crew had been vaccinated with two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and that the outbreak was under control. Currently, HMS Queen Elizabeth is traveling across the Indian Ocean. The ship must continue its journey to Japan, where it is supposed to arrive this year. The ship is led by the Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which takes 28 weeks.
A spokeswoman said measures on the ship include the use of masks, social distancing and a tracking system: “As part of routine testing, we have found that a small number of Carrier Strike Group crew members have tested positive for Covid-19.” . “Carrier Strike Group will continue to perform its operational tasks and there will be no impact on the development of its routine.”
This is not the first outbreak of Covid-19 on a Royal Navy ship. Last year, the crew of HMS Northumberland was forced to return to shore and isolate over the Christmas period after a “series of suspected Covid cases” on board.
The world tour is HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first operational routine and anticipates a route of more than 41.8 thousand kilometres. The warship left Portsmouth Naval Base in May. The Queen and Prime Minister Boris Johnson boarded before leaving for the Indo-Pacific. The ship began sea trials in 2017, having replaced HMS Illustrious, which was scrapped in 2014. On its way to Asia, it was accompanied by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a Royal Navy company.