New COVID-19 case numbers edge up in Tokyo amid overall decline across Japan
Stars and Stripes February 28, 2022
TOKYO — The coronavirus mounted a comeback Monday in Japan’s capital city, accounting for more than 800 new cases than it did one week prior, according to metropolitan government data and public broadcaster NHK.
Tokyo confirmed another 9,632 infections on Monday, according to NHK and metro data. New cases Saturday and Sunday totaled 21,883; daily numbers were lower than the previous week, metro data show.
Japan reported 63,623 new cases and 144 deaths on Sunday, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The country’s new case numbers have fallen steadily from 101,084 on Feb. 8.
U.S. Forces Japan on Friday reported 102 new COVID-19 cases, including nine individuals awaiting confirmation, at 16 installations. The command last reported 90 new cases on Feb. 18.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, south of Hiroshima, accounted for 15 cases, the lion’s share of Friday’s roundup. On Monday, the air station reported 17 individuals tested positive for the coronavirus respiratory disease between Friday and Sunday, according to a news release.
Yokosuka Naval Base, the 7th Fleet’s homeport south of Tokyo, reported 13, according to USFJ.
Kadena Air Base on Okinawa had 12, according to USFJ. The base reported 71 active cases on its website Monday.
Okinawa prefecture reported 422 new cases Monday, 586 on Sunday and 854 on Saturday, according to the prefectural Department of Public Health and Medical Care. Another 116 people in the U.S. military population on Okinawa also tested positive between Saturday and Monday, according to the department.
Stars and Stripes reporter Mari Higa contributed to this report.