Matt Burke

Public will be informed about positive coronavirus cases on Okinawa, US military says

The U.S. military on Okinawa is vowing transparency to its troops, their families and local civilian authorities, days after the Pentagon ordered commanders to stop publicly announcing new coronavirus cases on their bases.

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