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Dozens of COVID-19 infections detected at U.S. military facilities in Okinawa, governor says | JT

Dozens of COVID-19 infections have actually been detected at U.S. military bases in Okinawa Prefecture, Gov. Denny Tamaki claimed Saturday, in what was thought to be a big collection infection.

Tamaki claimed that he had actually gotten a record from the U.S. side that “a large number” of American military workers had actually been contaminated with the unique coronavirus, though the military did not divulge a precise number.

Local media reported that the number of infections was most likely to leading 60 which a number of facilities were entailed, consisting of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma as well as Camp Hansen. NHK at the same time claimed upwards of 50 instances had actually been discovered, pointing out unknown resources.

“I was stunned by the material of the record. It is very regrettable that such a lot of instances have actually happened in such a brief duration of time,” Tamaki claimed at a telecasted press conference.

“I can’t aid however have questions regarding infection avoidance actions (taken by the U.S. military),” he included.

On Tuesday as well as Thursday, the U.S. Marines claimed in declarations that “a number of” infections had actually been verified at the Futenma base as well as Camp Butler, a collection of a number of facilities in the prefecture.

At his press conference, Tamaki claimed he was asking for that the U.S. side openly reveal the number of contaminated as well as established a joint conference with the prefectural federal government over the concern.

U.S. Marine Corps Installations Pacific claimed Thursday that better declarations regarding the infections would certainly not be launched. In March, the Pentagon purchased military bases as well as leaders to stop the coverage of precise numbers of brand-new instances to the media, pointing out functional safety worries.

The information comes simply a day after U.S. Forces Japan once again expanded a supposed Public Health Emergency covering the whole nation over the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency situation had actually resulted from upright July 14 however will certainly currently go through Aug. 13. The affirmation was initially provided on April 15, after a first order covering just the Kanto area.