Japan irked at US military’s failure to contain spread of Omicron variant

Japan irked at US military's failure to contain spread of Omicron variant

The top government officials in Japan’s Okinawa prefecture have blasted the US military for failing to contain the COVID-19 outbreak at its bases in the country and allowing the Omicron variant to spill over to the local population.

The southernmost prefecture, comprising a few dozen islands, reported 130 new COVID-19 cases on January 3, the highest single-day tally since September 25, with fingers being pointed at Americans.

“I am outraged because the sharp increase in the number of infected among US military personnel suggests that their management is insufficient,” Okinawa governor, Denny Tamaki, said at a press conference on Sunday, fuming over the callousness of American authorities.

According to Tamaki, 45 new Omicron infections were identified in the prefecture, which is home to more than half the 47,000 US troops in Japan, between December 31 and January 1.

On Monday, officials in Okinawa said the outbreak of COVID-19 at…

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