Executive summary:Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture reported 225 new confirmed cases of new crowns on January 4, the first increase of more than 200 cases every day after a lapse of more than three months. The Okinawa prefectural government accused the US military stationed in Japan of “detonating” the local epidemic and urged the US military to abide by the epidemic prevention regulations. However, U.S. soldiers are still seen walking in nightclubs in groups without masks, causing serious hidden dangers of the epidemic.
Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture reported 225 new confirmed cases of new crowns on January 4, the first increase of more than 200 cases every day after a lapse of more than three months. The Okinawa prefectural government accused the US military stationed in Japan of “detonating” the local epidemic and urged the US military to abide by the epidemic prevention regulations. However, U.S. soldiers are still seen walking in nightclubs in groups without masks, causing serious hidden dangers of the epidemic.
According to data released by the Okinawa Prefecture Government on the 4th, there were 225 new confirmed cases of new crown in Okinawa that day, a sharp increase from the 130 cases the day before, and the daily increase in cases has doubled in the past few days. Since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic in Japan, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in Okinawa Prefecture has increased to 51,120.
From a national perspective, Okinawa Prefecture ranks first in the 7-day infection rate, reaching 38.99 newly diagnosed cases per 100,000 people. This number is more than four times that of Yamaguchi County, which ranks second.
The Okinawa prefectural government stated that the rapid spread of the epidemic in Okinawa in recent days was mainly due to the ignorance of the epidemic prevention regulations by the US troops stationed in Japan, which led to the spillover of the epidemic in the military camps.
December 20, 2016, In Tokyo, the capital of Japan, people protested the verdict outside the Supreme Court of Japan. On the same day, the Supreme Court of Japan made a final judgment on the Japanese government’s complaint against Okinawa County for “illegal suspension” of the construction of the U.S. Army’s frontier ancient new base, and ruled that Okinawa County lost the case. ((Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Ma Ping)
The Hansen camp of the US military stationed in Japan in Okinawa Prefecture reported a cluster of COVID-19 infections last month. The latest data shows that the US military and related personnel stationed in Japan added 164 confirmed cases on the 4th, and the growth rate is at a high level. Since the outbreak in Japan, the total number of confirmed cases of new crown related to US military bases in Okinawa Prefecture has reached 3863. The number of cases of US troops stationed in Japan is not included in the statistics of the epidemic situation in Okinawa Prefecture.
For a long time, Okinawa Prefecture has been harassed by noise from US military bases and soldiers’ crimes. The hidden dangers brought by the US military this time have made the Okinawa prefectural government and people even more angry and uneasy. The Okinawa prefectural government has repeatedly asked US military personnel to wear masks outside the base to strengthen epidemic prevention measures, but it seems that they have not received the attention of the US.
After the outbreak of cluster infections in the Hansen camp, the Japanese central government and the Okinawa prefectural government urged the US military stationed in Japan to ban base personnel from going out. However, according to a recent report by the “Okinawa Times”, media reporters saw that US soldiers were still in groups in the commercial streets outside the camp, shopping in nightclubs, bars, and eating in restaurants. Not only do they wear no masks, but they make a loud noise in the street.
When asked about the outbreak in the Hansen camp, a 21-year-old American soldier replied: “The soldier who tested positive has been quarantined. The other soldiers should be safe.”
When a media reporter asked whether the US soldier had a “foot ban”, another US soldier replied: “I haven’t heard of the prohibition of going out.” Then he turned and left.
The actions of the US troops stationed in Japan aroused great indignation among the local people. The 74-year-old traffic coordinator Ojo Masaru said that although they are the US military, since they are in Japan, they should abide by the Japanese epidemic prevention regulations.
However, it may not be possible for the US military stationed in Japan to comply with local epidemic prevention regulations for the time being. According to the Japanese media, according to the “Japan-US Status Agreement,” the Japanese government cannot even grasp the names and numbers of incoming US soldiers; it can only “wait and see” the epidemic prevention measures of US military bases in Japan.
Original title: Visiting nightclubs without wearing masks, US troops stationed in Japan “detonated” Okinawa epidemic