April 6, 2020 / 9:10 PM / 2 months ago

Some patients on U.S. military hospital ships test positive for coronavirus - Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some patients being treated for trauma aboard U.S. military hospital ships in New York and Los Angeles have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said on Monday.

“Have we had patients who ultimately were determined to have coronavirus on the hospital ships? Yes,” Brigadier General Paul Friedrichs, the joint staff surgeon, told a news conference.

During the same news conference, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said that the hospital ship Comfort in New York would accept trauma patients irrespective of their coronavirus status.

Hoffman added that the U.S. military was set to begin animal testing for a coronavirus vaccine today.

Reporting by Idrees Ali and Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Sandra Maler

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