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US military in Japan reports one new coronavirus case at Yokosuka Naval Base

A sailor sanitizes his hands before entering the exchange at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, Aug. 13, 2020.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: October 5, 2020

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TOKYO – The U.S. military in Japan over the weekend reported one new coronavirus case, a new arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base.

The patient was infected by a family member while in the mandated, 14-day quarantine and tested positive sometime since Sept. 29, according to a post on the base Facebook page Saturday.

U.S. Forces Japan and the government of Japan require incoming travelers to quarantine upon arrival. USFJ requires anyone in quarantine to test free of the virus before leaving isolation.

Nearly all the new cases within the U.S. military in Japan are new arrivals or returning travelers.

Two patients at Yokosuka tested out of quarantine in the same period, lowering the number of coronavirus patients there to seven, according to the post.

The base, now at a relative pandemic lull, was an early hotspot for the virus. In March, base commander Capt. Rich Jarrett ordered a modified lockdown he predicted would last 48 hours. He lifted it three months later.

Monday, Tokyo reported 66 new coronavirus patients, the first time the daily count has dropped below 100 since Sept. 28, when it reached 78, according to public broadcaster NHK and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

During the pandemic, Tokyo has reported 26,550 cases and 411 deaths, according to NHK and metro government data. Japan has reported 85,339 cases and 1,597 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

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