Covid-19 quarantine to two US military bases in Japan
2 military bases on the island were quarantined after a new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) was detected on U.S. military personnel in Okinawa, Japan.
Lieutenant General Stacy Clardy, Commander of the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, spoke on the phone with Okinawa Governor Tamaki Denny about the outbreak, the Okinawa State Governor’s Office said in a statement.
The Covid-19 Tests of 61 personnel at U.S. bases came back positive, and the entry and exit to Futenma Marine Corps Air Station and Hansen bases where the cases were seen were closed.
“We have serious doubts about the measures taken by US troops on bases against the virus,” governor Tamaki said at a news conference yesterday.
Tamaki expressed shock when he saw the number of confirmed cases in the bases, and instead of sharing case statistics, he preferred using the phrase “large numbers”.
Tamaki Denny pointed out that the cases were confirmed after-parties held for military personnel on the island beach for the July 4 U.S. Independence Day celebrations.
The cases reported from Okinawa so far have not been included in the case numbers at the US-owned Kadena Air Base, Futenma Marine Corps Air Station, Hansen, and McTureous bases.
In Okinawa, an island province in southwestern Japan, 148 cases of Covid-19 have been identified so far.