US NEWS: Lots of American Marines in Japan’s Okinawa Get infected by Coronavirus

Officials on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa say dozens of American medals have been infected on two island bases in what is feared to be a massive storm. Okinawan officials said on Saturday, July 11, 2020 that dozens of American marines had been confirmed infected with coronavirus at two bases, Futenma and Camp Hansen, on an island south of Japan in what is believed to be a major outbreak, and demanded sufficient explanation from U.S. military officials.

TOKYO – Dozens of U.S. troops stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa have been infected with coronavirus in what is believed to be an official outbreak, a Okinawa governor said on Saturday, demanding more information from the U.S. military.

Gov. Denny Tamaki said he could only say that “a few cases” have been found recently because the US military has asked for it to be released. The incident happened in the Marine Corps. Futenma Air Station, which is in the throes of an immigration dispute, and Camp Hansen, Tamaki said. Local media, citing undisclosed sources, said about 60 people had been infected.

“The Okinawans are shocked by what we have been told (by American troops),” Tamaki told reporters. “We are now very skeptical that the American military has taken adequate measures to prevent disease.”

Tamaki wanted to be transparent in the recent developments and said he planned to request talks between American military officials and Okinawan officials. He said Okinawan authorities also called on the Japanese government to demand that the U.S. provide information including the number of cases, close down Futenma and Camp Hansen, and take steps to protect the bases. Okinawan authorities made similar requests to U.S. troops on Friday to deal with local residents’ problems, Tamaki said.

The Marines said in a statement Friday that the military was taking additional steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to reduce unprotected activities. The statement said measures were in place to “protect our troops, our families and the local community,” without providing information about the virus. The Marines did not respond immediately to an affidavit by the Associated Press on Saturday.

Okinawa is home to more than half of the nearly 50,000 U.S. troops living in Japan under a security agreement for both of us, and citizens are sensitive to U.S.-related problems. Many Okinawus people have long lamented the filth, noise and crime associated with U.S. bases.

The Okinaw also opposed the planned relocation of the Futenma air base from the current densely populated area to a densely populated area on the east coast.

Local media reported that the Okinawan summit adopted a decision on Friday indicating the absence of U.S. troops in connection with the outbreak. Okinawa has about 150 cases of coronavirus. In all, Japan has nearly 21,000 cases and 1,000 deaths, with Tokyo reporting more than 200 new cases on the third straight day on Saturday

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