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The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor on April 27. Photo: Tony Azios/AFP via Getty Images

Thirteen sailors onboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the coronavirus for a second time, Politico reports. Those sailors had recently returned from over two weeks of self-isolation following earlier positive COVID-19 diagnoses.

The big picture: The initial virus outbreak on the ship led to Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's early April resignation. He had relieved the Theodore Roosevelt's captain after the official pled for help due to members of his crew contracting the coronavirus.

What they're saying: “The five sailors developed influenza-like illness symptoms and executed their personal responsibility by reporting to medical for evaluation,” Navy spokesman Cmdr. Myers Vasquez told Task & Purpose in a statement when the initial news broke that sailors had tested positive again.

  • “The sailors were immediately removed from the ship and placed back in isolation, their close contacts were mapped, and they are receiving the required medical care.”
  • An additional 18 crew members who have not shown COVID-19 symptoms have also been removed from the ship, Task & Purpose reports.

One Navy sailor onboard the ship died in mid-April of complications from the virus.

Go deeper: Aircraft carrier infected with coronavirus to remove 2,700 members

Editor's note: This story has been updated to show that more sailors have tested positive again after recovered.

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Aug 25, 2020 - Health

Axios-Ipsos poll: The Biden-Trump trust gulf

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±3.3% margin of error for the total sample; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Trump wins significantly less trust than Joe Biden on who provides accurate information about the coronavirus — but neither one is trusted by even half the country, in the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: Week 22 of our national survey exposes new depths of the virus' politicization as the two major political parties hold their nominating conventions — and it shows the challenges of governing that lie ahead for whoever wins in November.

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