Five new novel coronavirus patients have been identified at US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the Japanese island of Okinawa, authorities there said.
Several clusters of Covid-19 tied to the US military have emerged in Okinawa in recent days. Public health officials in Okinawa prefecture have recorded 145 cases of the virus tied to US military bases since July 1.
Nearly 200 people have also been tested that are connected to Camp Hansen, which is located to the north of Futenma. Among those tested were people likely to be in contact with American service members -- those working in restaurants, nightclubs, barbershops and taxi drivers. Authorities said all the tests came back negative.
Local employees at thees US military bases work under "indirect employment" contracts, where they are employed by the Japanese Defense Ministry and work under the supervision of the US military, according to the Okinawa government.