One third of the nearly 2,000 sailors aboard the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle turned out to be coronavirus positive. This was announced by the French Ministry of Defense.

Of the tests currently underway, 668 sailors tested positive for the virus. The Ministry of Defense said that 31 of these seamen are receiving hospital care, one of them being in the intensive care field.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Maj. Joshua Smith/Released)

Last week the government took the decision to bring the aircraft carrier back to France 10 days earlier from an Atlantic operation after some of the crew members began showing coronavirus symptoms.

To date, of all the crew members present on the aircraft carrier, 1,767 sailors have been tested for the virus.

Aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle was in the Atlantic as part of a NATO exercise in Operation Chammal that aims to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.