US Navy Sailor Becomes First COVID-19 Case At Guantanamo Bay

16 October 2018, Cuba, Guantanamo Bay: A US-American flag blows behind a barbed wire fence in the wind. The infamous camp has now existed for almost 17 years. 40 inmates are still being held there. (to dpa "The aging... 16 October 2018, Cuba, Guantanamo Bay: A US-American flag blows behind a barbed wire fence in the wind. The infamous camp has now existed for almost 17 years. 40 inmates are still being held there. (to dpa "The aging prisoners of Guantánamo Bay" of 27.11.2018) Photo: Maren Hennemuth/dpa (Photo by Maren Hennemuth/picture alliance via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 24, 2020 9:51 a.m.
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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — A U.S. Navy sailor has become the first person to test positive for the coronavirus at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The base says in a statement Tuesday the unidentified sailor is isolated at home at the naval station along the southeastern coast of Cuba. The base says health authorities are attempting to track anyone who had contact with the sailor.

Medical personnel have been screening anyone who arrives at the base and the Navy has imposed social-distancing rules.

The naval station has a population of about 6,000 people. That includes about 2,000 foreign laborers from Jamacia and the Philippines.

There are still 40 prisoners held at the Guantanamo detention center. Most base personnel have no contact with the men held there

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