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Okinawans ‘shocked’ & demand transparency after Covid-19 outbreaks at US bases increase Japanese prefecture’s case toll by 40%
Dozens of US troops at two bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa have been confirmed infected with the coronavirus. Local authorities demand transparency from the Pentagon, and an adequate response to the massive outbreak.
Rigorous contact tracing and isolation of those infected had so far allowed the island prefecture to keep the number of confirmed cases at about 150, with only 7 fatalities. Overall, as of July 10, Japan reported about 20,700 cases and nearly 1,000 deaths.
Therefore, Okinawa Governor Tamaki Denny says local authorities were “shocked by what we were told” by the Pentagon about the scale of the latest outbreaks.
We have strong doubt about measures [taken by the US troops] to prevent the spread of the virus.
The US military demanded that the exact numbers are not publicly released, so Tamaki could only reveal that a “few dozen” new cases had been detected. Local media, however, reported there were at least 61 infections – including 23 at Camp Hansen and 38 at the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station, the notorious base at the center of a relocation dispute and protests.