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1st coronavirus case reported among U.S. service members in Japan

26 Mar 2020
US President Donald Trump greets Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during a Memorial Day event in Yokosuka on May 28, 2019. (AFP)
US President Donald Trump greets Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during a Memorial Day event in Yokosuka on May 28, 2019. (AFP)
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Updated 26 Mar 2020
26 Mar 2020

TOKYO: A service member at the U.S. Navy’s Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, U.S. Forces Japan said Thursday.

This is believed to be the first confirmed coronavirus case among U.S. service members in the Asian country.

The service member in question, who arrived from the United States on March 15, is currently quarantined.

Effective from March 11, the U.S. military requires that all service members arriving in Japan take self-quarantine measures for 14 days.

The U.S. military also bans leaving home for nonessential purposes and holding meetings of over 10 people.

JIJI Press

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