Japan Reduces Some COVID-19 Emergencies; The US military records an average of 88 new cases per day

Erastus Nduru, manager of a restaurant inside the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the Navy-run facility on February 16, 2022. (Akifumi Ishikawa/Stars and Stripes)

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TOKYO — The number of new COVID-19 infections in the Japanese capital on Monday was 4,000 fewer than a week earlier, according to public broadcaster NHK and city data.

Tokyo confirmed another 5,374 people were infected with the coronavirus respiratory disease, 4,258 fewer than on Feb. 28.

Also on Monday, the Japanese government lifted emergency measures in 13 prefectures across the country, from Niigata in central Honshu, the largest of Japan’s four main islands, to Kagoshima at the southernmost tip of Kyushu. of the four, according to a report by the Japan Times. .

The government also extended until March 21 the state of emergency in Tokyo and 17 other prefectures, including its neighbors Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama, thanks to a slow decline in the number of cases, according to the Asahi Shimbun on Thursday. The emergency was due to end on Sunday.

This means that, among other measures, bars and restaurants are still encouraged to close early and reduce alcohol sales.

Japan reported 63,591 new cases on Saturday and 184 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. In March so far, Japan has averaged nearly 67,100 new COVID-19 cases per day.

On Friday, US forces in Japan reported 85 new cases in the past 24 hours at 15 facilities. The command had previously reported 99 new cases on Thursday. The USFJ daily average in March so far is 88.5 new cases per day.

Naval Base Yokosuka and Air Bases Misawa and Yokota reported the highest numbers, according to the latest USFJ update. Yokosuka, home port of the US 7th Fleet south of Tokyo, and Misawa, home of the Air Force’s 35th Fighter Wing, each reported 18 new infections. Yokota Air Base, where the USFJ is headquartered in western Tokyo, had 10. Five facilities reported no new cases.

None of the people with new cases of COVID-19 are hospitalized or considered seriously ill, according to the USFJ.

Okinawa prefecture, where the bulk of US forces in Japan are stationed, reported 278 people tested positive for the coronavirus respiratory disease on Monday, 536 on Sunday and 900 on Saturday, according to the prefectural department of public health and care. medical. The department also reported 21 new cases in the US military population on Monday – 49 on Sunday and 46 on Saturday.

Stars and Stripes reported that Mari Higa contributed to this report.

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