The United States Forces Japan (USFJ) said it will start publicly releasing numbers of “active” coronavirus cases in every military base in Japan twice weekly, according to a statement from USFJ.
“The leadership at United States Forces Japan felt that additional transparency at the community level was necessary to accurately depict the scope of the issue,” the statement read. “Our installations are now permitted to release numbers associated with new positive COVID-19 cases.”
At least 7 new cases were reported in Yokosuka Naval Base on Tuesday and one case was reported at Camp Hansen in Okinawa on Wednesday, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases among US military bases in Japan to 153 since July 1.
Previously, infection cases among US military personnel had been reported to Okinawa prefectural government and few other municipal governments where the bases are located.
Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono said during a news conference on Tuesday that the ministry plans to have Japanese workers at US bases, beginning with those in Okinawa, receive a coronavirus test. Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki said the test will begin within this week at the earliest.