Virus surge pushes Okinawa to declare emergency

A resident has her temperature checked as she arrives at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, Okinawa. The region has been seeing a rise in coronavirus infections. – EPA pic, August 1, 2020.

JAPAN’S Okinawa region has declared a state of emergency and asked people to stay home for two weeks as the popular tourist destination sees an “explosive spread” of coronavirus cases.

Governor Denny Tamaki yesterday asked residents to avoid non-essential outings following a record new daily addition to the southern island’s total cases, the majority of which have been detected among US forces based there.

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