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Japan: State of emergency declared in Okinawa following spike in coronavirus cases02:27

Japan: State of emergency declared in Okinawa following spike in coronavirus cases

Japan, Naha
August 2, 2020 at 15:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

The prefecture governor of Okinawa announced a state of emergency on Friday, following a surge in positive cases of COVID-19 that were reported on the island.

Footage from Sunday shows empty empty streets and shuttered businesses, as well US military facility Camp Kinser. Local residents were told to avoid non-essential travels from August 1 to 15.

"New positive cases which come from the Japanese mainland are increasing now. I totally agree with the emergency declaration as a medical worker," said a local nurse.

Some 71 new cases were reported on the island on Friday, bringing the total to 395. According to reports, some 248 of those cases were reported by US forces stationed on the island. The surge in cases has added to tensions already present on the island over the US military presence there, which has been the source of ire and the cause of protests for years.

Japan: State of emergency declared in Okinawa following spike in coronavirus cases02:27
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The prefecture governor of Okinawa announced a state of emergency on Friday, following a surge in positive cases of COVID-19 that were reported on the island.

Footage from Sunday shows empty empty streets and shuttered businesses, as well US military facility Camp Kinser. Local residents were told to avoid non-essential travels from August 1 to 15.

"New positive cases which come from the Japanese mainland are increasing now. I totally agree with the emergency declaration as a medical worker," said a local nurse.

Some 71 new cases were reported on the island on Friday, bringing the total to 395. According to reports, some 248 of those cases were reported by US forces stationed on the island. The surge in cases has added to tensions already present on the island over the US military presence there, which has been the source of ire and the cause of protests for years.

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