Infected Sailors on Anti-Piracy Ship to Be Airlifted Home

      July 19, 2021 11:32

      Coronavirus has spread to nearly the entire crew of the destroyer Munmu the Great on an anti-piracy mission off the Horn of Africa. According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff here, a total of 247 sailors and officers had tested positive for coronavirus as of Monday morning.

      The military sent a team of about 200 personnel on two tanker transport planes to the area on Sunday to airlift them out and replace the exposed members of the Navy's Cheonghae anti-piracy unit. The replacement team consists of 148 officers and sailors, 13 medical staff and other support personnel, all of whom are fully vaccinated.

      Service members and other personnel board an aerial tanker at Gimhae International Airport in the southern port city of Busan on Sunday. /Yonhap

      Out of the 301-strong unit, another 179 sailors tested positive by Monday morning after six cases were first reported last Thursday and some 62 cases on Sunday. All are expected to return home on Tuesday.

      The military is under fire for failing to take precautions on a ship that acts like a perfect petri dish for the virus.

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