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Virus cases on rise among crew of U.S. aircraft carrier, new cases confirmed during quarantine

  • May 10, 2020
  • , Akahata , p.2
  • JMH Translation

New cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed among the crew of the Ronald Reagan nuclear-powered aircraft carrier during the sailors’ quarantine period. The crew members of the Ronald Reagan (Yokosuka base, Kanagawa Prefecture) were divided into three groups and quarantined separately on bases in Yokota (Tokyo) and Atsugi (Kanagawa Prefecture).

 

According to information provided by the 374 Airlift Wing to the local community, two groups from the Ronald Reagan were quarantined at the Atsugi base: the first group was under quarantine preceding dispatch, and the second group was quarantined as the support staff. A “small number” of coronavirus cases were confirmed among the first group.

 

The third group was quarantined at the Atsugi naval airbase. In a message issued on April 28, the commander of the base revealed that positive cases had been reported among members of the group. According to the May 7 issue of The Stars and Stripes, all three groups staff the Ronald Reagan.

 

Previously, 16 cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed among Ronald Reagan crew members. The new data clearly shows that the virus is spreading among the crew.

 

When Yamato City, which hosts Atsugi base, asked the Ministry of Defense for the facts and details of the cases, however, the ministry refused to provide it, saying, “Such information relates to the operation of the U.S. military.” The central government has a responsibility to provide explanation.

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