Stars and Stripes stripes.com 13 Jan, 2021 10:30 am

Coronavirus counts in Japan remain high as government expands emergency declaration

Coronavirus counts in Japan remain high as government expands emergency declaration
U.S. commanders in Japan, from Misawa Air Base in northeastern Honshu to Sasebo Naval Base on the southern island of Kyushu, have fenced off swathes of the country to uniformed and civilian personnel to all but essential travel.

In Tokyo, the metropolitan government announced 1,433 people tested positive Wednesday, according to public broadcaster NHK.At Yokosuka, 35 miles south of central Tokyo, The Sullivans Elementary School reported two people at the school tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus respiratory disease, on Tuesday evening, according to a message from Principal Kira Hurst to families and staff.Army Japan, headquartered at Camp Zama, 25 miles northwest of Yokosuka, reported three people tested positive between Jan.The command on Tuesday had two civilians working at Yongsan tested positive the previous day, according to a news release.

Wednesday reported 12 people recently infected with the virus, including two at a Defense Department elementary school at Yokosuka Naval Base.The country peaked at 7,855 new patients on Saturday, the one-day pandemic high in Japan, according to WHO.

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