HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth with Merlin helicopters on deck 090920 CREDIT PA
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COVID: 'Small Amount' Of HMS Queen Elizabeth Crew Test Positive

The personnel tested positive for coronavirus during a second round of testing on the ship.

HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth with Merlin helicopters on deck 090920 CREDIT PA

A "small amount" of personnel on board Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth have been diagnosed as positive for coronavirus during a second round of testing on the ship.

Those told they had COVID-19 were taken off the ship, with a small group of people who had been in contact with them self-isolating on board.

The entire ship's company has been retested during the past week, following positive coronavirus cases found earlier this month while in Portsmouth.

The Queen Elizabeth-class carrier's departure from the city's naval base was delayed by several days following the diagnoses, with her eventually setting sail last Wednesday.

The £3 billion warship then returned to Portsmouth at the weekend, as planned.

HMS Queen Elizabeth will soon set sail again to join Exercise Joint Warrior off the west coast of Scotland, before continuing with further exercises.

The carrier will work with F-35 fighter jets from RAF Marham's 617 Squadron, plus American Lightning aircraft, which landed in the UK two weeks ago.

Queen Elizabeth is aiming to declare strike carrier capability later this year, ahead of her first operational deployment in 2021.

Cover image: HMS Queen Elizabeth leaving Portsmouth last week, before her scheduled return at the weekend (Picture: PA).