France reports that 40% of the crew members of the aircraft carrier group are positive for COVID-19

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FILE PHOTO: A view shows the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle at the naval base in Toulon, France, on April 16, 2020. REUTERS / Eric Gaillard

PARIS (Reuters) – Some 940 of the 2,300 crew members on board the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier group tested positive for COVID-19, the French Senate said in a statement on Friday, citing the chief medical officer of the ‘army.

After a closed-door hearing with Maryline Gygax Genero, the Senate said that 500 crew members of the carrier itself had shown symptoms of the illness.

The military has defended its management of the spread of the coronavirus on board its flagship aircraft carrier.

Report by John Irish; written by Maya Nikolaeva; edited by Jason Neely

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