April 24, 2020 / 3:26 PM / a month ago

Pentagon confirms coronavirus outbreak on U.S. destroyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Friday confirmed an outbreak of coronavirus aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer, saying one of the sailors infected was medically evacuated from the vessel and it was halting operations and returning to port.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, speaking in a news briefing, confirmed the outbreak aboard the Kidd, which was first reported by Reuters. The Reuters report quoted U.S. officials as saying more than a dozen sailors had tested positive for the virus. He referred queries about the specific number of infections to the Navy.

Reporting by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by Paul Simao

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