Monday’s Mainichi wrote that the Okinawa prefectural Government announced on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed among U.S. forces in Okinawa on Saturday hit a single-day record high of 235. Approximately 70 cases were also confirmed on Sunday. The paper wrote that it is not known whether the cases involve the Omicron variant and which bases are affected. The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases involving the U.S. military in Japan has now reached 3,683. In response, Governor Tamaki told reporters on Sunday that the virus is spreading from U.S. bases.
Yomiuri and Asahi ran similar reports, with Asahi quoting Tamaki as saying that he is angry because the surge in COVID-19 cases among U.S. military personnel shows that the U.S. military’s measures against the virus are insufficient and the spread of the Omicron variant in Okinawa is largely connected with U.S. bases.