Crew of Belgian Navy Frigate Leopold I to be Quarantined After One Sailor Test Positive for COVID-19

The crew abroad the Belgian Navy Karel Doorman-class frigate Leopold I (F930) will be quarantined for 14 days after one of the sailors was tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the service said in a statement.

The sailor disembarked the frigate on March 20 because of symptoms of COVID-19 infection. He was tested positive for coronavirus after returning to Belgium.

Following the development, the frigate was called back from its escort mission with the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle, which was initially scheduled until April 24. The vessel arrived at Zeebrugge base at 9:20 a.m. on March 27.

At Zeebrugge, the entire crew will be taken care of by medical teams. Defense imposes exceptional conditions on its military to prevent additional contamination to the nation as much as possible.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Defence, all the crew will be strictly quarantined at home for 14 days. For military personnel who have family members who belong to the risk group at home, the Ministry said that it will provide a quarantine facility in a military installation.

The statement added that everyone will be closely monitored throughout the entire period.

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