Japan, US military officials continue to take precautions as they eye spread of new coronavirus

Cyclists wear face masks in the Roppongi district of central Tokyo, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AKIFUMI ISHIKAWA/STARS AND STRIPES)
Cyclists wear face masks in the Roppongi district of central Tokyo, Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AKIFUMI ISHIKAWA/STARS AND STRIPES)

Japan, US military officials continue to take precautions as they eye spread of new coronavirus

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — As the number of coronavirus patients continues to climb in Japan, both U.S. and Japanese officials are developing further precautions to minimize its spread across the country.

As of Monday, there were 254 confirmed cases and six deaths reported in Japan, making it the country with the fifth-highest number of COVID-19 patients behind China, South Korea, Italy and Iran, according to the World Health Organization.

As of Tuesday, only one person affiliated with USFJ, who had been quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama Bay, has tested positive for COVID-19. That person has since recovered, White told Stars and Stripes last week.

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