HMS Queen Elizabeth: Covid outbreak on Navy flagship

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By Jonathan Beale & Hazel Shearing
BBC News

An outbreak of Covid-19 has been confirmed connected the Royal Navy's flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The BBC has been told determination person been astir 100 cases connected the craft carrier, which is portion mode done a satellite tour.

Several different warships successful the fleet accompanying it are besides affected.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said each unit connected the deployment had received 2 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine and the outbreak was being managed.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is astir a 4th of the mode done a 28-week deployment starring the Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

It has present entered the Indian Ocean, and the Royal Navy says it is owed to proceed connected its voyage to Japan aboriginal this year.

A spokeswoman said mitigation measured connected committee included masks, societal distancing and a way and hint system.

"As portion of regular testing, a tiny fig of unit from the Carrier Strike Group person tested affirmative for Covid-19," she said.

"The Carrier Strike Group volition proceed to present their operational tasks and determination are nary effects connected the deployment."

It is not the archetypal Covid scare connected committee a Royal Navy ship.

Last year, the unit of HMS Northumberland was forced to return to enactment and isolate implicit Christmas aft "a fig of suspected Covid cases" connected board.

The satellite circuit is HMS Queen Elizabeth's archetypal operational deployment, and will screen 26,000 miles.

The Queen and the premier curate some went onboard earlier it headed disconnected for the Indo-Pacific region.

The vessel began oversea trials successful 2017, having replaced HMS Illustrious which was scrapped successful 2014.

It has 8 RAF and 10 US Marine Corps F35B stealth combatant jets onboard and volition beryllium accompanied to Asia by six Royal Navy ships, a submarine, 14 naval helicopters and a institution of Royal Marines.

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