December 30th – A spokesman for the U.S. military Yokosuka Base in Japan announced on the 30th that a total of 293 U.S. military and related personnel have been infected with COVID-19 since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic at the base in July this year.
According to the reports of Japan’s Asahi Shimbun and Yomiuri Shimbun, the U.S. military in Japan said that between the 22nd and 30 U.S. military personnel at Yokosuka Base have been infected with the novel coronavirus between 22 and 30 this month.
Among them, three have recently entered Japan. Due to the rapid increase in the number of infected people in the U.S. military and base workers, the U.S. military has banned insiders from moving to Yokohama and other places, and began to strengthen discipline.
Regarding the reason for the expansion of the epidemic, the official Facebook account of Yokosuka Base posted on the 17th that among the recent infected people, “some people did not obey discipline and had eaten in Yokohama and Tokyo.” On the 20th, the U.S. military in Japan announced that the coronavirus vaccine developed by American biological enterprises was allowed for emergency use and would be vaccinated in many U.S. bases in Japan, including Yokosuka Base.
As of the 26th, in addition to the Yokosuka base, 684 U.S. military-related personnel and 39 base staff have been confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
Located on the Gulf of Tokyo, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, Yokosuka Base is the largest naval base in the western Pacific Ocean and an important stronghold for the use of naval forces.
The Seventh Fleet Command of the United States Navy is also established here. In addition, Yokosuka is now one of the important bases of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, not only the headquarters of the Japan Joint Fleet, but also about 40% of the ships of the Maritime Self-Defense Force.