2 BRP Jose Rizal crew members positive for COVID-19, prep for RIMPAC 2020 continues

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The Philippine Navy has confirmed that two crew members of newly commissioned frigate BRP Jose Rizal (FF150) has tested positive for COVID-19.

The two crew members were already transferred to a quarantine facility ashore for further observation.

Navy public affairs office chief Lieutenant Commander Maria Christina Roxas said preparations are now ongoing for the ship’s departure on July 29 to participate in “Rim of the Pacific” RIMPAC 2020 to be held in Hawaii from August 17 to 31.

Lieutenant Commander Roxas also said that Navy personnel who will be deployed for RIMPAC, aside from the crew of BRP Jose Rizal, are also scheduled for a PCR test at the Philippine Arena.

“All of these measures are being undertaken to ensure that the Navy continues to perform its mandate amid this global health crisis,” Roxas said.

Meanwhile, Chief of the Navy Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo and three other officials who attended the commissioning of BRP Jose Rizal on July 10 have tested negative for COVID-19. COVID-19 testing was done after one Navy officer who attended the commissioning event tested positive.