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Dozens of U.S. Marines in Japan’s Okinawa Contaminated in COVID-19 Outbreak

Dozens of U.S. Marines in Japan’s Okinawa Infected in COVID-19 Outbreak

(TOKYO) — Dozens of U.S. Marines at two bases on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa have been contaminated with the coronavirus in what’s feared to be an enormous outbreak, Okinawa’s governor stated Saturday, demanding an enough rationalization from the U.S. navy.

Gov. Denny Tamaki stated he might say solely {that a} “few dozen” instances had been discovered just lately as a result of the U.S. navy requested that the precise determine not be launched. The outbreaks occurred at Marine Corps. Air Station Futenma, which is on the middle of a relocation dispute, and Camp Hansen, Tamaki stated.

Native media, citing unnamed sources, stated about 60 individuals had been contaminated.

“Okinawans are shocked by what we had been advised (by the U.S. navy),” Tamaki advised a information convention. “We now have sturdy doubts that the U.S. navy has taken enough illness prevention measures.”

Tamaki demanded transparency within the newest improvement and stated he deliberate to request talks between the U.S. navy and Okinawan officers. He stated Okinawan officers additionally requested the Japanese authorities to demand that the U.S. present particulars together with the variety of instances, seal off Futenma and Camp Hansen, and step up preventive measures on base.

Okinawan officers made related requests to the U.S. navy on Friday so as to deal with native residents’ considerations, Tamaki stated.

The Marines stated in an announcement Friday that the troops had been taking further protecting measures to restrict the unfold of the coronavirus and had been limiting off-base actions. The assertion stated measures are “to guard our forces, our households, and the area people,” with out offering particulars on the infections.

The Marines didn’t instantly reply Saturday to an Related Press inquiry concerning the newest outbreak.

Okinawa is house to greater than half of about 50,000 American troops primarily based in Japan underneath a bilateral safety pact, and the residents are delicate to U.S. base-related issues. Many Okinawans have lengthy complained about air pollution, noise and crime associated to U.S. bases.

Okinawans additionally oppose a deliberate relocation of the Futenma air base from the present website in a densely populated space within the south to a much less populated space on the east coast.

Native media reported that the Okinawan meeting adopted a decision Friday protesting the U.S. navy’s lack of transparency about its outbreak on base.

Okinawa has about 150 instances of the coronavirus. In all, Japan has about 21,000 instances and 1,000 deaths, with Tokyo reporting greater than 200 new instances for a 3rd straight day Saturday.