Officials began decontaminating a French aircraft carrier, Thursday, April 16, after 668 crew members of the warship and accompanying vessels tested positive for the coronavirus.
READ MORE: Hundreds of crew members aboard France’s sole aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, tested positive for the new coronavirus after the ship was locked down last week.
A team equipped to carry out tests for coronavirus infection boarded the vessel just after the armed forces ministry had reported signs of COVID-19 symptoms among 40 crew members.
The aircraft carrier, which is equipped with its own intensive care facilities, had 1,760 personnel on board.
The nuclear-powered carrier had most recently been taking part in exercises with northern European navies in the Baltic Sea.