US army in Japan studies two new coronavirus circumstances as journey limits proceed to ease
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TOKYO — The U.S. army in Japan introduced two new coronavirus infections on Tuesday.
Kadena Air Base on Okinawa reported one new case, and Naval Air Facility Atsugi, exterior Tokyo, reported the opposite.
In contrast to most up-to-date infections, the affected person at Kadena was already a group member and never a brand new arrival or returning traveler, in response to a Fb submit by the bottom.
“The member was examined as a part of a pre-departure requirement for short-term obligation journey,” the submit stated. Shut contacts have been recognized and positioned in quarantine, in response to Kadena, which supplied no additional data.
The affected person at Atsugi was already in quarantine and examined optimistic earlier than being launched, in response to a brand new launch. U.S. Forces Japan requires all new arrivals and returning vacationers to quarantine for 14 days and take a look at freed from the virus earlier than leaving isolation.
The U.S. army in Japan usually doesn’t establish new circumstances as service members, civilian workers or relations.
Kadena final reported a brand new coronavirus affected person on Sept. 28, when a Japanese worker of the bottom golf course examined optimistic. Okinawa prefecture recognized the affected person as a person in his 60s from Okinawa metropolis.
Okinawa reported 22 new coronavirus circumstances on Tuesday, a prefectural well being official advised Stars and Stripes by cellphone. The island prefecture’s pandemic tally is now 2,630.
Elsewhere, the commander of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni eased journey limits by opening up most of Japan to off-duty Marines, civilian workers and relations, beginning Friday.
Base commander Col. Lance Lewis in a Fb submit Tuesday stated the “present COVID panorama” within the space and “the entire of Japan” permits him to increase the freedom boundaries in time for the upcoming three-day Columbus Day weekend. He additionally restated the foundations: put on masks, preserve social distance and keep away from off-limits institutions, comparable to bars, onsens and Pachinko parlors.
MCAS Iwakuni is about 540 miles west of Tokyo and about 32 miles southeast of Hiroshima.
“Now we have our guidelines in place to maintain all of us protected and COVID-free, and in addition to maintain our base working,” Lewis wrote, referring to COVID-19, the respiratory illness attributable to the coronavirus. “Producing fight energy is our mission right here in Japan and searching for loopholes within the guidelines doesn’t facilitate mission accomplishment.”
MCAS Iwakuni joins Yokosuka Naval Base, Yokota Air Base, Sasebo Naval Base and Misawa Air Base in just lately increasing the permitted journey areas, to various levels, inside the 4 essential islands of Japan.
Though most of Japan is now a journey “inexperienced zone” for MCAS Iwakuni, some areas are nonetheless not approved, together with Tokyo, which is off-limits to most U.S. personnel.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Authorities on Tuesday reported 177 new coronavirus sufferers, in response to public broadcaster NHK. The capital metropolis has bounced between 66 and 235 circumstances per day since Sept. 28, in response to metro authorities knowledge. The seven-day working common is 174 new circumstances on common per day.
Different off-limits areas, in response to Lewis, are the cities and prefectures of Kobe, Osaka, Fukuoka, Kyoto, Aichi, Saitama, Kanagawa, Nagoya and Naha, on Okinawa. In contrast to different base commanders, Lewis is allowing journey between Iwakuni, on the island of Honshu, and Okinawa.
Lewis approved journey by Japan’s bullet trains and home, industrial airplane journey inside Japan.
“Along with taxis, buses, ferries, and private autos,” he wrote, “you may journey by practice and by aircraft (however not biplane). You may go by boat, you may trip with a goat (not advisable).”