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U.S. military conducts random PCR testing of personnel in Okinawa

  • September 28, 2020
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Monday’s Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that the U.S. military in Okinawa has begun conducting PCR testing of randomly selected personnel in addition to incoming personnel as part of its measures against COVID-19. The paper wrote that every two weeks the U.S. military in Okinawa has been conducting such tests on 1% of its entire community members and 10% of medical providers. The paper also wrote that while the Air Force at Kadena began the random testing in June, the Marines launched the program on Sept. 21. The paper added that although it is unknown when the Navy and the Army began the program, the Marines have said random testing is being conducted for the entire U.S. military community in Okinawa. A local doctor welcomed the U.S. military’s testing program by saying it sets a good example for Okinawa to follow in responding to the virus.

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