Japanese officials “shocked” by COVID outbreak at U.S. military bases

service members at bases on the Japanese island have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising long-standing tension between the local population and the American military. bases on Okinawa


Tokyo — Officials in Okinawa on Monday said at least 94 U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey aircraft are seen at the U.S. has not revealed details about the people already infected. military has reported in Asia since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and local officials are skeptical that U.S. measures against infections,” he told reporters.Personnel movements have been restricted and service members and their families have been banned from eating in restaurants in town and from patronizing non-essential businesses.Governor Tamaki, the son of an American father and Okinawan mother, has also demanded the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Camp Hansen and Camp Kinser, stretching along a 25-mile swath on the island’s southern half.Florida sees new daily record number of COVID casesLocal reports say Fourth of July parties held both on and off the bases — attended by hundreds if not thousands of personnel and employees — are at the root of the new outbreak. More than half of the roughly 50,000 U.S. Coronavirus: The Race To Respond

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“I can’t help but feel serious doubts about U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Ginowan, on Japan’s southernmost island of Okinawa, March 24, 2018. military and the people of the island — a history marred by crimes that ranging from assault, rape and murder, which have fuelled anti-U.S. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

A lockdown is now in effect and efforts are underway to track down people who joined the celebrations for testing, and to trace any Japanese citizens who were in close contact with those people and may also be infected. military raise disease prevention measures to their maximum levels, suspend sending service members to Okinawa from the U.S., and increase transparency with Okinawa prefecture officials about measures currently in place.Those officials say the U.S. bases on Okinawa

COVID outbreak on U.S. bases in Japan locked down as coronavirus outbreak blamed on July 4th parties

By Ramy Inocencio

July 13, 2020 / 8:13 AM
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COVID outbreak on U.S. bases in Okinawa have confirmed infections: U.S. U.S. ISSEI KATO/REUTERS

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki expressed anger over the weekend, saying he was “shocked” by the size of the outbreak and had “concern that a second wave has hit.”He also cast doubt on whether the U.S. Three U.S. virus containment policies are sufficient. 03:27

The surge in coronavirus cases in Okinawa is only worsening tension between the U.S. U.S.  

Okinawans insist they’re not anti-American, b… was doing enough to stop the spread of the deadly disease on the island. troops in Japan are based in Okinawa. sentiments on the island. The surge represents the biggest number of cases the U.S. Beyond Japan, U.S. Forces Korea confirmed on Monday 11 new cases among American personnel based in South Korea — all of them recently imported from the United States. 
First published on July 13, 2020 / 8:13 AM