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Marine Corps shutters Camp Hansen on Okinawa ‘until further notice’

A social distancing reminder is displayed on the floor of a barracks at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, on April 22, 2020.

KEALII DE LOS SANTOS/U.S. MARINE CORPS

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 8, 2020

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CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The commander of Camp Hansen has ordered the Okinawa Marine base closed “until further notice,” according to a mass email alert from Marine Corps Installations Pacific late Wednesday.

“By order of the Camp Hansen Commander, effective immediately, Camp Hansen will be CLOSED to all personnel attempting to enter until further notice, unless their quarters are aboard Camp Hansen,” said the message sent at 10:43 p.m.

All personnel aboard the installation “should go to their quarters until further notice,” it added.

No reason was given for the closure, which comes a day after nearby Marine Corps Air Station Futenma ordered personnel to shelter in place for four hours after “several” people there tested positive for the coronavirus.

The infected individuals and their close contacts were isolated, according to a Marine Corps statement issued Tuesday evening.

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