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Covid-19: Spain to repatriate command team from Djibouti after positive coronavirus test

Janes
Sunday March 22, 2020

Spain is to repatriate a relief contingent of 22 naval personnel bound for Operation ‘Atalanta’ off Somalia after one of them was found to be coronavirus (Covid-19) positive.

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on 18 March that the officer involved had been tested at the French military base in nearby Djibouti while the command group was awaiting deployment with the European Union flotilla

They were due to form part of the next change of crew aboard the Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigate SPS Numancia (F 83).

The MoD said that tests are now being carried out on all personnel involved in foreign missions to avoid the spread of the virus, and that it was during one of these that the contagion was discovered.



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