US Base on Japan’s Okinawa Confirms Tens of More COVID-19 Cases

TEHRAN: Authorities confirmed 36 more coronavirus infections at Camp Hansen on Japan’s Okinawa, taking to 136 the tally at US military bases on the island, Kyodo News reported on Wednesday.

The outbreak emerged at the weekend, provoking the anger of the prefecture’s governor, who has called into question the US military’s virus prevention measures.

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono stated on Tuesday that the outbreak of coronavirus cases at US military bases in Japan is “extremely serious”.

“It is an extremely serious situation. I asked the US side to strictly punish them and to take a serious action to prevent recurrence in the future,” Kono noted.

Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki arrivied in Tokyo on Tuesday to seek help from the Japanese government to press for more disclosure from the US military, and halt the arrivals of new US military personnel from outside Japan.

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