The number of cases in the base surges. The Japanese Defense Minister says that there are many loopholes in the US military’s epidemic prevention in Japan
This is the Futenma base in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan, taken in October 2015. (Xinhua News Agency/AP)
Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, July 15 (Reporter Wu Baoshu) The U.S. military in Okinawa, Japan, has diagnosed a surge of more than 90 cases of new crowns in the past week. Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono said on the 14th. There are many problems with the epidemic prevention measures of the US military in Japan.
Kano said at a news conference that the Japanese asked the US troops stationed in Japan to provide epidemic prevention information, and subsequently found many problems, involving US military bases across Japan, not just US troops stationed in Okinawa.
Kono said,”We need to check the situation (prevention of epidemic prevention) more strictly with the US military stationed in Japan.” Japanese personnel are inspecting a hotel for isolating US military personnel. The isolation object is new from the United States. Soldiers and their families stationed in Okinawa. He refused to disclose details of the US epidemic prevention loopholes.
Okinawa government officials and residents questioned the hotel’s lack of epidemic prevention measures.
The Kyodo News reported that the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Okinawa Prefecture government officials inspected the hotel on the 14th to ensure that the hotel took adequate anti-epidemic measures.
Okinawa government officials said on the 11th that the US military informed the county government that 61 new crown cases were diagnosed by the US military stationed in Okinawa from the 7th to the 11th. County Governor Jade City Danny said that some US military personnel gathered around Okinawa Beach and downtown to celebrate American Independence Day around July 4. He criticized the U.S. military case information in Okinawa for its opaque information and insufficient epidemic prevention measures.
As of the 14th, the US military stationed in Okinawa has confirmed 100 new crown cases, most of them at the Marine Corps Futenma Base. About 150 new crown cases have been diagnosed in the Okinawa area outside the U.S. military base. People are worried that the outbreak of the U.S. military base will spread to local communities.
Kyodo News reported on the 14th that in an interview with the media in the Ministry of Defense, Kono said that three US military personnel infected with the new crown at Iwakuni base in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan, boarded domestic civil aviation after entering Japan from Haneda Airport, but the US military did not The Japanese side reported truthfully.
A number of officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, who did not wish to disclose their names, told Kyodo News on the 14th that the Director of the North American Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yoshihiro Suzuki, summoned the Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Japan on the 11th and asked the U.S. military to station in Okinawa. The outbreak of the base took measures.
The United States has about 55,000 soldiers stationed in Japan, and more than half are in Okinawa. Japan’s current epidemic prevention measures have imposed entry restrictions on more than 120 countries and regions such as the United States, but they do not apply to US military personnel.