Japan: Governor of Okinawa Prefecture Angrily Denounces US Troops Stationed In Japan For Spreading COVID-19

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Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture reported 130 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the 3rd. The number of new confirmed cases in a single day exceeded 100 for the first time after more than three months. The governor of Okinawa Prefecture Tamaki Danny angrily denounced the US military stationed in Japan for ignoring the COVID-19 prevention regulations, which led to the rapid spread of the epidemic and called for the cancellation of “privileges” such as the US military not being able to cooperate with Japan’s COVID-19 prevention measures.

The Hansen camp of the US troops stationed in Japan in Okinawa Prefecture reported a cluster of COVID-19 infections last month. The latest data shows that from December 31, 2021, to the 3rd of this month, there were 419 new confirmed cases of U.S. troops stationed in Japan and related personnel in Okinawa Prefecture within 4 days, and the growth rate was at a high level. So far, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 related to US military bases in Okinawa Prefecture has reached 3699. The number of cases of US troops stationed in Japan is not included in the statistics of the COVID-19 in Okinawa Prefecture.

The number of newly confirmed cases in a single day in Okinawa Prefecture has remained at about 40 or 50 for the past month or so. The sudden and rapid spread of the COVID-19 has triggered dissatisfaction with the U.S. military by the Okinawa Prefecture government.

The governor of Okinawa Prefecture Tamaki Dani held a press conference on the 2nd and said that the epidemic in the US military camp in Japan has spilled, which shows that the US military’s COVID-19 prevention measures and management are not in place. He pointed out that the latest research confirms that the U.S. military stationed in Japan has spread the mutated COVID-19 Omicron to Okinawa Prefecture.