Middle East escort ship crew infected with Corona Virus Dispatch September 2, 0:10
It was confirmed that one crew member was infected with the new Coronavirus on a Maritime Self-Defense Force escort ship that was on its way to intelligence gathering activities in the Middle East region, and the escort ship suddenly returned to the base and the dispatch was postponed. According to the Ministry of Defense, there is no impact on local missions.
The infection was confirmed by the crew of the escort ship “Murassame” belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force Yokosuka base.
According to the Ministry of Defense, In order to replace another escort ship that is involved in intelligence gathering activities in the Middle East region, “Mrasame” left Yokosuka base on the 30th of last month, waited in the waters near Japan to see if there were any infected people, and then carried out PCR inspections of all about 200 crew members.
As a result, one crew member in his 20s was confirmed infected one day.
In response to this, “Mourrasame” suddenly returned to Yokosuka base, and the dispatch to the Middle East was postponed.
The Ministry of Defense says there will be no impact on local missions as escort ships scheduled to be replaced with “Mrasame” will continue to work there.
The Ministry of Defense is also working with the public health center to determine if anyone has been in close contact with the crew, confirming that the infection has spread to other crew members, and deciding whether to send another “mersame.”