Dutch naval exercise in Norway plagued by corona

A Dutch naval exercise in Norway is being plagued by Covid-19. Despite the measures taken, two soldiers tested positive upon arrival. Within the corps, people are questioning whether the training should continue, writes Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Over 600 Dutch marines are going to Norway. The first groups left last week. To prevent them from spreading corona, they had to undergo two weeks of home quarantine in the Netherlands.

Pulled out of quarantine

Last week, however, corps management decided to pull 140 marines out of quarantine because they still had to pass their sports test. This raised some concerns within the navy organisation.

According to corps spokesman Maurits Holle, the choice was made because the fitness test is an important precondition for being able to participate safely in an exercise under extreme conditions. Moreover, the Navy doubled the duration of the quarantine while the men were already at home.

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Source: ANP

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.