Spanish Navy First sergeant , Francisco Rodríguez Sánchez, died this Saturday, February 27, 2021 because COVID-19. He’s one of the soldiers who were traveling aboard the Hespérides ship, two months ago had to cancel its mission to Antarctica after an outbreak of coronavirus was detected among the crew.
The unsuccessful mission was intended to support a scientific team, the main task of the ship Hespérides. The Navy soldiers traveling on board didn’t reach Antarctica. They had to dock in a Canarian port after the first cases of covid were confirmed. At least 35 cases were detected.
Spanish Defense Minister, Margarita Robles, sent a message of encouragement to the member of the Navy infected with coronavirus when he was already admitted to the ICU. She did so in her speech during the inauguration of the new Admiral Chief of the Navy General Staff (AJEMA), Martorell Lacave, in the act that was held on February 11 at the headquarters .