Okinawa declares COVID-19 emergency after US base outbreaks : worldnews

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Japan’s Okinawa prefecture has declared a state of emergency following a spike in coronavirus infections connected to an outbreak among US forces based in the region.

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Friday announced that Japan’s southernmost prefecture, compromising of dozens of islands, will be placed under a state of emergency between August 1 and 15.

US forces account for 248 of those cases, according to the local government, reigniting long-standing tensions between locals and the US military.

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