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US military reports ‘presence of COVID-19’ at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, is home to Marine Aicraft Group 12, Carrier Air Wing 5 and other tenant commands.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 13, 2020

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TOKYO — Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni about the “presence of COVID-19” at the base in southern Japan.

“The positive individuals were tested for [the coronavirus] upon arrival at Haneda Airport and arrived to Kintaikyo Airport” on Monday morning, according to a Marine statement issued that evening. Kintaikyo shares a runway with the air station.

The infected individuals, who were not further identified, “immediately went into restriction of movement and have not left their residence since going inside,” the statement said.

“Follow-on tracing and cleaning measure for areas on the base that the individuals have come in contact with is presently ongoing in order to preserve the health and safety of the Iwakuni community and Yamaguchi prefecture,” the Marines added.

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