Tokyo’s daily coronavirus cases stay above 200; Marines report three new infections
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TOKYO — Coronavirus numbers held steady in Japan’s capital over the weekend, while U.S. military installations across the country announced just a few new infections.
Tokyo recorded 256 new cases Saturday and 212 on Sunday, according reports by national broadcaster NHK and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The city, which is near several U.S. military installations, has reported 19,333 cases during the pandemic.
Marine Corps Installations Pacific announced Saturday that three people had tested positive for the coronavirus at Camp Hansen, which is one of two bases that experienced a cluster outbreak following the July Fourth weekend.
“These individuals were identified due to our requirement to test every individual before they can exit [quarantine] or they were tested as a close contact,” said the statement, which added that four people associated with the Marine Corps have recovered from the illness on the island.
On Friday, Marines were barred from visiting Okinawa’s capital city, Naha, because of a high number of cases there. It joined Tokyo, Yokohama, Hiroshima and other areas deemed off-limits to most U.S. service members, civilian employees and their family members.