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U.S. promises genome sequencing of COVID-19 virus sampled from military personnel

Asahi took up the disclosure by Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno this morning that the USG has informed the GOJ of its plan to conduct genome sequencing in the U.S. of the COVID-19 virus collected from infected service members at Camp Hansen. The U.S. side also reportedly promised to conduct in cooperation with the Japanese side diagnostic tests of the virus-stricken personnel aimed at detecting the Omicron variant. “We have been in close contact with the U.S. side,” the government spokesperson was quoted as saying. “As soon as we are given new information, we will share it with relevant parties.” According to the daily, this morning MOFA North American Affairs Bureau Director General Ichikawa requested the USFJ Commander, Lt. Gen. Rupp, impose greater restrictions on Hansen community members’ activities on and off base. The military official reportedly said a total of 215 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the latest cluster infection at the installation.



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