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TOKYO — Japan’s capital reported its highest number of new COVID-19 cases on Monday as the omicron wave of the pandemic began its first full week in February.
Tokyo confirmed on Monday that 12,211 people had tested positive for coronavirus disease, according to public broadcaster NHK. Although 460 infections higher than a week ago, Monday’s number was lower than Friday’s by nearly 9,000, according to Metropolitan Government data.
US forces in Japan reported 137 new cases Monday at 15 facilities and 10 people awaiting confirmation, according to its daily update. The USFJ reported 162 new cases on Friday.
Naval Base Yokosuka, the 7th Fleet’s home port south of Tokyo, led the way with 32 new cases, followed by Kadena Air Base in Okinawa with 16.
Yokosuka had 396 active cases on Friday, with none hospitalized, according to its Facebook page. Kadena had 126 cases as of Monday, according to an update on its website.
Naval Air Facility Atsugi, 25 miles southwest of Tokyo, and Yokota Air Base, USFJ headquarters in western Tokyo, reported 13 each, according to Monday’s update. NAF Atsugi has 69 total cases, according to its official Facebook page on Monday.
In Okinawa, Marine Corps Camps Courtney, Foster, Hansen, Kinser and Lester and Marine Corps Air Station Futenma together accounted for 28 new cases, according to the USFJ.
Okinawa Prefecture reported 316 new cases on Monday, 511 on Sunday and 671 on Saturday; it also reported 169 new COVID-19 infections at US bases on the island during the same period, according to a daily update from the prefectural Department of Public Health and Medical Care.
Although omicron is less virulent than the previous delta variant, it spreads more easily, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. High vaccination rates and general cooperation with public health measures, plus a stay-at-home order from Jan. 10-31 contributed to relatively fewer new cases among the U.S. military population, commanders said. Americans.
Stars and Stripes reporter Mari Higa contributed to this report.