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Russia quarantines nuclear sub crew after COVID-19 outbreak

Atta Ur Rehman KhanWeb Editor & Columnist

31st Mar, 2020. 10:16 pm
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Russia quarantines nuclear sub crew after COVID-19 outbreak

The crew of the Russian nuclear submarine K-266 Orel (Eagle), which is equipped with cruise missiles, has been put under strict quarantine, reports the Russian news outlet Bi-Port.

According to the details, A civilian contractor who came on board as part of a business trip had come into contact with somebody who tested positive for COVID-19, local news portal B-port reported. In response, Navy officials chose to put the entire crew into quarantine.

Bi-Port reports, “The entire crew of the nuclear submarine Orel, which is based in the Northern Fleet, has been put under quarantine. The reason for the quarantine was the contact of a civilian specialist who visited the submarine for work related reasons. He is believed to have been in contact with a person who has a pre-confirmed coronavirus infection. In addition to the Orel crew, the crew of the nearby submarine and the floating workshop were quarantined.”

The Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet has not provided any comments regarding the incident. But according to Bi-Portal, the situation is very urgent, even though the Orel is not equipped with nuclear weapons.

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