Ryukyu Shimpo led with a report on the announcement on Wednesday by the Okinawa Prefectural Government that 36 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed at Camp Hansen on Wednesday. Noting that this brought the total number of COVID-19 infections among the U.S. military community in Okinawa to 136, the paper wrote that the number of cases is rising sharply because cluster infections have occurred at Camp Hansen and MCAS Futenma. Okinawa Times also gave top coverage to the detection of 36 cases at Camp Hansen, pointing out that the U.S. military does not require new arrivals to undergo PCR testing if they show no symptoms.
In a related story, Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that at a Lower House Budget Committee session on Wednesday, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Wakamiya explained the measures taken by Marines in Okinawa, including the elevation of the condition for protecting their health from Bravo to Charlie. Wakamiya reportedly expressed the central government’s view that U.S. Forces Japan area taking the spread of the coronavirus very seriously.