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New coronavirus case numbers in Tokyo have remained above 11,000 daily since Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

New coronavirus case numbers in Tokyo have remained above 11,000 daily since Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (Aaron Kidd/Stars and Stripes)

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TOKYO — Japan’s capital city confirmed another 12,251 new COVID-19 infections Thursday, a slight drop from the previous day but more than a week prior, according to public broadcaster NHK.

New case numbers in Tokyo have fallen from 14,567 on Feb. 23, but have stayed above 11,000 daily since Tuesday, according to metropolitan government data. The city confirmed 11,443 new cases on Feb. 22.

The seven-day moving average of new cases was 11,045 on Tuesday, a steady decline from a peak of an average 13,608 on Feb. 23, according to metro data.

U.S. Forces Japan on Wednesday evening reported 88 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours, including seven awaiting confirmation, at 14 U.S. installations. The command reported 82 new cases on Tuesday.

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, south of Hiroshima, topped USF’s list with 24 infections.

The air station reported 20 new cases for roughly the same period, and another 11 on Wednesday, the following day, according to news releases from the base.

Yokosuka Naval Base, the U.S. 7th Fleet’s homeport south of Tokyo, reported 17 people tested positive, according to USFJ. The naval base had 38 in the previous update.

Okinawa prefecture, where the bulk of U.S. forces are stationed, including units of the III Marine Expeditionary Force and the Air Force’s 18th Wing, reported 996 people tested positive for COVID-19, along with 63 people in the U.S. military community, according to the prefectural Department of Public Health and Medical Care.

New case numbers among Okinawans averaged 628 per day between Feb. 22 and Monday but increased to an average 997 over the next three days, according to the department’s daily reports.

Stars and Stripes reporter Mari Higa contributed to this report.

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Joseph Ditzler is a Marine Corps veteran and the Pacific editor for Stars and Stripes. He’s a native of Pennsylvania and has written for newspapers and websites in Alaska, California, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon and Pennsylvania. He studied journalism at Penn State and international relations at the University of Oklahoma.
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