Apr 1, 2020 - Health

Defense secretary won't yet evacuate virus-hit aircraft carrier

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper  during a press conference
Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a joint press conference in Arlington, Virginia, this month. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS' "Evening News" Tuesday he doesn't think "we're at that point" of evacuating a nuclear aircraft carrier docked in Guam with more than 100 crew members infected with the novel coronavirus.

The big picture: The captain of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt has asked the U.S. Navy for more resources. Esper said he'd yet to read the letter in detail, but they're trying to contain the virus aboard the ship. "We're providing additional medical personnel as they need it," he said. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told CNN earlier Tuesday they were working to remove most of the 4,000 people on board the vessel.

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