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Coronavirus continues surge in Tokyo, where US bases impose new curfews to slow its spread

Coronavirus continues surge in Tokyo, where US bases impose new curfews to slow its spread
The U.S. military in Japan as of 6 p.m. Friday reported 67 people newly infected with virus, the majority of them at Yokosuka Naval Base.

Forces Korea reported a contractor at Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, tested positive Thursday, according to a news release.The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 2,392 people tested positive for the virus Friday, the second largest number so far, according to public broadcaster NHK.Yokosuka, the home 35 miles south of Tokyo of the 7th Fleet, reported 44 individuals had tested positive for the coronavirus since Tuesday, according to a Facebook post.Of the new cases, 14 fell ill with symptoms of COVID-19, the coronavirus respiratory disease; 16 were discovered during contact tracing; five tested positive during medical screening; and five are new arrivals to Japan, according to the base.

A base employee tested positive during contact tracing.Naval Air Facility Atsugi, 25 miles northwest of Yokosuka, reported seven new patients Friday: two were tested upon their arrival, three developed symptoms, one tested positive while in quarantine and one was a close contact of another infected individual, base spokesman Sam Samuelson said.

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