8 December

According to Katsunobu Kato, a chief government spokesman, Japan is expected to send military nurses to hard-hit virus areas in Osaka and Hokkaido to help curb coronavirus infections. Kyodo News further reported that Japan’s northern Hokkaido prefecture would be asking the government for assistance, due to infection clusters at two hospitals.

The US military in Japan reported 45 new coronavirus cases in the past weekend, including 27 infections at the Marine Corps bases on Okinawa. The Kadena Air Base on Okinawa reported four positive coronavirus cases, including three family members. One of the cases related to the Kadena High School, after whose discovery eight classes were cancelled.

Approximately 17 United States Forces Korea (USFK)-affiliated people tested positive for the coronavirus after having arrived in South Korea between November 20 and December 4. Five of the 17 service personnel arrived at the Osan Air Base through US chartered flights between November 23 and December 2. The rest arrived at the Incheon International Airport on commercial flights on between November and December 4.