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COVID-19 information in Okinawa has been updated in our table and timeline for June 8, 2020, as seen below:

The First Infection Of Novel Coronavirus In Okinawa blog post broke the news of the first case of COVID-19 in Okinawa. Since then, the post was updated and used as a timeline for all coronavirus infection cases in Okinawa. As the cases grew, the blog post and subsequent discussion thread veered off-topic of being "the first case of coronavirus in Okinawa".

As such, we're clearing the blog post of the timeline and will be updating this thread with a new post each occurrence new occurrence instead. Furthermore, the discussions that were on topic, at the time, have been moved into this discussion thread.

You're free to discuss anything COVID-19 related in this thread, be it in Okinawa or worldwide.

Timeline of COVID-19 infection cases in Okinawa as well as other information:

AreaInfectionsHospitalizedRecovered (Removed)
Okinawa
Kadena
MCB Butler
144†​
3​
1​
0​
?​
1††​
136 (7)​
2​
?​

July 2, 2020 @ 1153 -- MCB Butler has confirmed the first individual to test positive for COVID-19 on July 1, 2020. The infected and their family are now isolated on a restriction of movement status.

June 8, 2020 @ 1231 -- Okinawa has now been coronavirus-free for 39 consecutive days with 1 PCR test conducted. Additionally, the one patient that was in the hospital has tested negative and has been discharged, bringing COVID-19 hospitalizations down to zero. Moving forward, Okinawa.Org will now only report on coronavirus if there are any measures put in place for the safety of the public or if an infection occurs. DISCUSS →

June 7, 2020 @ 1111 -- No new coronavirus infections for 38 consecutive days in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

June 6, 2020 @ 1103 -- No new COVID-19 infections in Okinawa; coronavirus hospitalizations dropped to 1. DISCUSS →

June 5, 2020 @ 1201 -- Zero coronavirus infections reported after 13 suspected cases tested. DISCUSS →

June 4, 2020 @ 1116 -- No new cases of coronavirus after 16 tests were conducted in Okinawa. The two patients that remain hospitalized were retested and remain positive, with one of them in their 80s reported as seriously ill. DISCUSS →

June 3, 2020 @ 1607 -- It was reported that the 7th death in Okinawa due to coronavirus was a person in their 80s with an underlying health condition of diabetes. DISCUSS →

June 3, 2020 @ 1330 -- Zero new coronavirus infections with eight tests conducted. DISCUSS →

June 2, 2020 @ 1209 -- No new cases of coronavirus infections in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

June 1, 2020 @ 1216 -- June starts off with no new coronavirus infections after 6 people tested. One discharged from the hospital bringing hospitalizations down to three, with two still in severe condition. DISCUSS →

May 31, 2020 @ 1108 -- The first full month, May, with 0 COVID-19 cases in Okinawa; Eleven PCR tests for COVID-19 conducted. DISCUSS →

May 30, 2020 @ 1119 -- The 30th consecutive day in Okinawa with no new coronavirus infections out of 7 PCR tests administered. DISCUSS →

May 29, 2020 @ 1241
-- Okinawa Prefecture reports that there are no new cases of coronavirus with 4 PCR tests conducted. DISCUSS →

May 28, 2020 @ 1253 -- Zero new COVID-19 infections in Okinawa; Eight tests conducted. DISCUSS →

May 27, 2020 @ 1304 -- No new coronavirus infections in Okinawaorg after 8 tested. DISCUSS →

May 26, 2020 @ 1237 -- The fourth instance of a coronavirus "repositive" in Okinawa; however, no new COVID-19 infections. DISCUSS →

May 25, 2020 @ 1059 -- 0 new COVID-19 infections; 6 underwent PCR tests. DISCUSS →

May 24, 2020 @ 1236 -- 0 new coronavirus cases in Okinawa; 10 PCR tests conducted. DISCUSS →

May 23, 2020 @ 1235 -- 0 new coronavirus infections; 1 new re-positive COVID-19 infection, making a total of 3 instances of such in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

May 22, 2020 @ 1125 -- Out of 13 tests performed, Okinawa has 0 new coronavirus infections for the 22nd day in a row. DISCUSS →

May 21, 2020 @ 1216 -- No COVID-19 infections reported in Okinawa for 21 consecutive days with 24 tests conducted. DISCUSS →

May 20, 2020 @ 1236 -- No new coronavirus cases in Okinawa; two discharged leaving 10 inpatients of which, 4 severely ill. DISCUSS →

May 19, 2020 @ 1220 -- No new COVID-19 infections in Okinawa to report. DISCUSS →

May 19, 2020 @ 0714 -- A female resident of Naha City in her 60s is not being determined as a new case of COVID-19, rather a "relapse". She was initially admitted for coronavirus on April 10 and discharged after two negative tests on May 1, having been again confirmed positive on May 16. DISCUSS →

May 18, 2020 @ 1333 -- No new coronavirus infections out of 14 PCR tests performed; a total of 3300 tests COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Okinawa to date. DISCUSS →

May 17, 2020 @ 1112 -- The 17th day without a COVID-19 infection in Okinawa with 31 tests conducted. DISCUSS →

May 16, 2020 @ 1558 -- The 16th consecutive day with no COVID-19 infections in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

May 15, 2020 @ 1122 -- Out of 41 tested, there were no new confirmed coronavirus cases in Okinawa for the 15th day in a row. DISCUSS →

May 14, 2020 @ 1238 -- The 14th consecutive day without a coronavirus infection in Okinawa with 42 tests conducted. DISCUSS →

May 13, 2020 @ 1237 -- Zero COVID-19 infections for thirteen days straight with 82 PCR inspected. DISCUSS →

May 12, 2020 @ 1411 -- Twelve consecutive days without a COVID-19 infection; one new coronavirus death to report to make a total of 6 deaths from the virus in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

May 11, 2020 @ 1225 -- The 11th straight day of no coronavirus infections in Okinawa with 37 PCR tests conducted. DISCUSS →

May 10, 2020 @ 1310 -- Okinawa has entered its tenth day straight with no confirmed COVID-19 infections out of 40 PCR tests conducted. DISCUSS →

May 9, 2020 @ 1131 -- Nine days without seeing coronavirus infections in Okinawa with a large jump from the previous day having 88 tested. Additionally, a report that 2 of the 3 Kadena COVID-19 infections have recovered. DISCUSS →

May 8, 2020 @ 1330 -- Eighth consecutive day of no coronavirus infections in Okinawa out of 38 newly tested. DISCUSS →

May 7, 2020 @ 1145 -- One week, or 7 consecutive days, without a coronavirus infection in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

May 6, 2020 @ 1234 -- Six consecutive days of no COVID-19 infections appearing in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

May 5, 2020 @ 1222 -- The 5th consecutive day without a coronavirus infection in Okinawa with 55 tested. DISCUSS →

May 4, 2020 @ 1133 -- Out of 45 tested, there were 0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 found in Okinawa for the fourth consecutive day in a row. DISCUSS →

May 3, 2020 @ 1137 -- Third consecutive day of no coronavirus infections in Okinawa with 70 tested. DISCUSS →

May 2, 2020 @ 1213 -- Second consecutive day of Okinawa without a confirmed case of COVID-19. DISCUSS →

May 1, 2020 @ 1344 -- Another day with zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 30, 2020 @ 1058 -- One new COVID-19 infection reported in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 30, 2020 @ 1022 -- Okinawa's fifth coronavirus reported; a male in his 70s. DISCUSS →

April 29, 2020 @ 1226 -- No new cases of coronavirus reported in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 28, 2020 @ 1435 -- Four new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 27, 2020 @ 1456 -- The first day in 25 days to have ZERO confirmed coronavirus cases in Okinawa. 👏👏👏 DISCUSS →

April 26, 2020 @ 1156 -- Three newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 25, 2020 @ 1411 -- A newly confirmed woman in her 40s residing in Naha City confirmed to have COVID-19 DISCUSS →

April 24, 2020 @ 1543 -- One new case of coronavirus confirmed in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 23, 2020 @ 1622 -- The fourth COVID-19 death reported in Okinawa. Edit: Additionally, there were two new confirmed cases of coronavirus. DISCUSS →

April 22, 2020 @ 1635 -- Five new COVID-19 infections found in Okinawa; the previous day, the first coronavirus cluster, or infection of 5 or more people that shard a common area, was confirmed and announced. DISCUSS →

April 21, 2020 @ 1443 -- Four new confirmed infections of coronavirus in Okinawa out of 99 tested. DISCUSS →

April 20, 2020 @ 1721 -- Six new COVID-19 infections found in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 19, 2020 @ 1548 -- Coronavirus infections rose by 5 and Okinawa also incurred two more COVID-19 related deaths. DISCUSS →
  • April 20, 2020 @ 0700 -- Two nurses at a Naha City Hospital were found to be infected with COVID-19, a male in his 40s that was a caretaker of new coronavirus patients and a female in her 50s working the NICU unit. DISCUSS →
April 18, 2020 @ 1508 -- Nine new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 17, 2020 @ 1549 -- Seven new COVID-19 infections in Okinawa, surpassing 100 total infections. DISCUSS →

April 16, 2020 @ 1525 -- Eight newly confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 16, 2020 @ 1201 -- First COVID-19 related death reported in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 15, 2020 @ 1508 -- For ten consecutive days, Okinawa has faced COVID-19 infections. On April 15, there were 10 newly confirmed coronavirus infections. DISCUSS →

April 14, 2020 @ 1508 -- Four new infections of COVID-19 found in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 13, 2020 @ 1501 -- The prefecture announced 7 new cases of the coronavirus, including 2 from a remote island only capable of treating 3 patients. DISCUSS →

April 12, 2020 @ 1637 -- A total of nine new people testing positive for COVID-19 on Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 11, 2020 @ 1539 -- 8 new infections of COVID-19 reported in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 10, 2020 @ 1503 -- Seven new infections of coronavirus in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

April 9, 2020 @ 1103 -- New COVID-19 infections found in Okinawa. More information to be announced at 1500. DISCUSS →
April 8, 2020 @ 1015 -- Several new infections of coronavirus in Okinawa. More news to follow. DISCUSS →
April 7, 2020 @ 1041 -- Several new cases of coronavirus found in Okinawa. The case count is under scrutiny. Governor Tamaki Denny will hold a meeting of the Task Force at 1300 to announce details. DISCUSS →
April 6, 2020 @ 1038 -- Governor Tamaki Denny of Okinawa Prefecture announced 6 new COVID-19 infections in Okinawa on April 6 at 1030. DISCUSS →

April 4, 2020 @ 1128 -- Six people were confirmed to have the coronavirus in Okinawa. DISCUSS →
  • On the morning of April 5, the prefecture made a correction of 5 infections on April 4, 2020 (see original source).
April 3, 2020 @ 1044 -- Two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 30s, found to be infected with COVID-19 on the morning of April 3. DISCUSS →

March 31, 2020 @ 1038 -- First confirmed case on Kadena AB from a US visitor. DISCUSS →

March 30, 2020 @ 0932 - A male in his 40s has been found to be infected with COVID-19 in Okinawa. It is still unclear whether it was brought in or was a community infection. DISCUSS →

March 28, 2020 @ 2258 -- Brig. Gen. Joel Carey, 18th Wing Commander on Kadena AB, confirms 2nd case of COVID-19. DISCUSS →

March 28, 2020 @ 1650 -- Kadena AB reports its first case of coronavirus at 1630. DISCUSS →

March 28, 2020 @ 1037 -- Two new infections in Okinawa; a woman in her 20s and a woman in her 30s. Okinawa has a total of 9 infections as of now. DISCUSS →
  • March 28, 2020 @ 1318 -- The woman in her 20s is a student that recently returned from New York, where it's likely that she contracted COVID-19. However, the woman in her 30s is likely a community spread of coronavirus from the male in his 30s who resides in Naha City as they were in close contact. DISCUSS →
March 26, 2020 @ 1056 -- A male in his 30s became the 7th person in Okinawa Prefecture to come down with the COVID-19 infection. DISCUSS →
  • March 26, 2020 @ 1246 -- The government is still trying to diligently determine whether it was a community infection of if is was contracted outside of Okinawa. However, Governor of Okinawa, Denny Tamaki, for the first time, requested that Japanese citizens or those under Japanese jurisdiction, use restraint and only travel outside of Okinawa if essential. DISCUSS →
March 24, 2020 @ 1047 -- Male in 40s found to be infected with COVID-19 marking the 5th case, 6th infection, in Okinawa. DISCUSS →
  • March 24, 2020 @ 1331 -- The man in his 40s stayed in Taiwan from March 7–9, 2020. He was symptomatic with a fever and diarrhea since the 18th but was not admitted until seeking medical attention a second time on the 21st when tested positive for COVID-19. DISCUSS →
March 23, 2020 @ 1712 -- A male in his 20s was confirmed to be the fourth case in Okinawa of the COVID-19 infection. This would bring the number up to a total of 5 infections in Okinawa due to the teenage girl's count remaining under the jurisdiction of another prefecture. DISCUSS →
  • March 24, 2020 @ 1052 -- The man in his 20s traveled to Belgium and is a foreign national to Japan that works for Hotel Royal Orion in Naha City.
March 21, 2020 @ 1500 -- A woman returning from Spain has tested positive for COVID-19 in Okinawa. Updates to come soon. DISCUSS →
  • March 29, 2020 @ 0530 -- † teenager confirmed to have recovered and discharged from hospital quarantine. DISCUSS →
  • March 21, 2020 @ 1855 (Update) -- The teenager was tested in Mainland Japan. Okinawa prefecture explained that this case is not included in the count of Okinawa infections—which remains at 3, even though she is being treated locally—because airports around Japan fall under the jurisdiction of the prefecture that the test was conducted in. DISCUSS →

    Teenager counted in the final total, although positive test not administered in Okinawa.
February 20, 2020 @ 1723 -- Third confirmed case of coronavirus in Okinawa; a man in 80s. DISCUSS →

February 19, 2020 @ 1826 -- Second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Okinawa; male taxi driver in his 60s. Had no contact with first infected, but did have passengers on board from the Diamond Princess when it docked in Naha City. DISCUSS →

February 16, 2020 @ 0900 -- Other taxi drivers and citizens that are concerned about whether they may be infected and asymptomatic shows the poor state that Japan and Okinawa are in as only the Prefectural Institute of Public Health and Environment in Okinawa can carry out such tests for COVID-19 at a rate of 9 per day, which is roughly the same as other prefectures. DISCUSS →

February 15, 2020 @ 2220 -- Government of Japan to accelerate testing and treatment measures amid a potential "domestic epidemic" as COVID-19 has reportedly spread to 11 of the 47 prefectures in Japan, to include Okinawa, with the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare stating that outbreaks are inevitable in the future. DISCUSS →

February 15, 2020 @ 0700 -- As discussed by Governor Tamaki, 15 non-stop flights between Okinawa and 5 Chinese cities per week have been canceled as well as 50 of 87 flights between Naha International Airport and Shanghai. Additionally, the ports closed off to cruise ships meant to also dock in Naha, Okinawa; Nakagusuku, Okinawa; Ishigaki Island, Okinawa; and Miyako Island, Okinawa. This is all in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Okinawa. DISCUSS →

February 14, 2020 @ 1918 -- Seven elderly welfare centers will be closed for up to two weeks amid the news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) appearing in Naha City in order to prevent the transmission among the people more likely to be affected.

February 14, 2020 @ 1811 -- Governor of Okinawa, Denny Tamaki, reports that the taxi driver is in stable condition and they are conducting health and wellness observations on potential contacts that the taxi driver may have had after becoming physically ill on February 5, 2020.

February 14, 2020 @ 1748 -- Naha City Mayor, Mikiko Shiroma, announces a new coronavirus management headquarters. She urges citizens to be careful and not to worry.

February 14, 2020 @ 1552 -- The first case of coronavirus appeared in Okinawa. The infected person was identified as being a taxi driver in her late 60s that transported four Chinese tourists to sightsee what was only described as an area of being farther south in Okinawa.

Total COVID-19 Tests Conducted: 5919 (July 2)

†† Hospitalized refers to the restriction of movement (ROM) and isolation.

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February 14, 2020 @ 1748 -- Naha City Mayor, Mikiko Shiroma, announces a new coronavirus management headquarters. Urges citizens to be careful and not to worry.
 
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February 14, 2020 @ 1811 -- Governor of Okinawa, Denny Tamaki, reports that the taxi driver is in stable condition and they are conducting health and wellness observations on potential contacts that the taxi driver may have had after becoming physically ill on February 5, 2020.
 
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February 14, 2020 @ 1918 -- Seven elderly welfare centers will be closed for up to two weeks amid the news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) appearing in Naha City in order to prevent the transmission among the people more likely to be affected.
 
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February 15, 2020 @ 0700 -- As discussed by Governor Tamaki, 15 non-stop flights between Okinawa and 5 Chinese cities per week have been canceled as well as 50 of 87 flights between Naha International Airport and Shanghai. Additionally, the ports closed off to cruise ships meant to also dock in Naha, Okinawa; Nakagusuku, Okinawa; Ishigaki Island, Okinawa; and Miyako Island, Okinawa. This is all in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Okinawa.
 

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February 15, 2020 @ 0700 -- As discussed by Governor Tamaki, 15 non-stop flights between Okinawa and 5 Chinese cities per week have been canceled as well as 50 of 87 flights between Naha International Airport and Shanghai. Additionally, the ports closed off to cruise ships meant to also dock in Naha, Okinawa; Nakagusuku, Okinawa; Ishigaki Island, Okinawa; and Miyako Island, Okinawa. This is all in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Okinawa.
I was under the impression that either the company or government of Okinawa knew that there was a passenger that disembarked in Hong Kong which tested positive for COVID-19 on January 25th, days prior to the passengers disembarking in Naha on February 1st.

On the previous voyage, a guest from Hong Kong, embarked in Yokohama on January 20, sailed one segment of the itinerary, and disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25. He visited a local Hong Kong hospital, six days after leaving the ship, where he later tested positive for coronavirus on February 1. While on the ship he did not visit the ship’s medical centre to report any symptoms or illness. The hospital reports that he is in stable condition and the family members traveling with him remain symptom-free
Source: Princess Cruises: Diamond Princess Coronavirus & Quarantine Updates - Notices & Advisories

And on the February 1st:
The ship arrived in Naha at 1:30 p.m. and left for Yokohama at around 11 p.m. that day.
Source: Naha goes on high alert, days after visit by virus-hit cruise ship | The Japan Times

From what I recollect, they couldn't stop them from getting off in Naha because 'there was no law in doing so' (loosely translated talk).

Now; now, you want to cancel flights and cruise ships from entering because of possible further transmission of the novel coronavirus in Okinawa? Except... you're worried about the economic impact it'll have and not reaching the goal of exceeding 10,000,000 million tourists to Okinawa in 2020?

I think someone's priorities were misdirected on the 1st and they are still somewhat misguided now as the people of Okinawa should have had protection against this thing from the beginning.

Maybe, had common sense been used, COVID-19 would've appeared in Okinawa much later, or perhaps, not at all—at least closer to the possibility of reaching a vaccination first, perhaps?
 

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judging by the fact that within 30 mins of me being at Sunabe sea wall today 5 random people sneezed and not one of them covered their mouth, if this thing gets out, it will take a toll.
 

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judging by the fact that within 30 mins of me being at Sunabe sea wall today 5 random people sneezed and not one of them covered their mouth, if this thing gets out, it will take a toll.
😬😬😬

Well, there goes this and a new theory added that people are probably ignoring the advice of a good 20-second washing after touching surfaces too...
 
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February 15, 2020 @ 2220 -- Government of Japan to accelerate testing and treatment measures amid a potential "domestic epidemic" as COVID-19 has reportedly spread to 11 of the 47 prefectures in Japan, to include Okinawa, with the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare stating that outbreaks are inevitable in the future.
 
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February 16, 2020 @ 0900 -- Other taxi drivers and citizens that are concerned about whether they may be infected and asymptomatic shows the poor state that Japan and Okinawa are in as only the Prefectural Institute of Public Health and Environment in Okinawa can carry out such tests for COVID-19 at a rate of 9 per day, which is roughly the same as other prefectures.
 
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February 19, 2020 @ 1826 -- Second confirmed case of COVID-19 in Okinawa; male taxi driver in his 60s. Had no contact with first infected, but did have passengers on board from the Diamond Princess when it docked in Naha City.
 

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First, I wanted to say thank you for providing some kind of local coverage on this. My husband is a contractor here in Okinawa and we get absolutely zero information from the military or his company. I am very grateful that I stumbled upon your site as we had no idea what was happening locally. It alarms me, the amount of people that are completely oblivious to what is happening with the spread of this virus and the lack of real news to be found covering it. I understand not wanting to create a panic in the populace but wouldn't an informed public be better equipped to deal with this? If anyone is interested in the global news about this, a YouTube channel called Peak Prosperity has been reporting the illness, science behind it, numbers and potential economic impact of this outbreak. Please keep up the news about local developments, it is very much appreciated. As we saw over the weekend, Italy went from 3 cases to over 130 cases in 3 days.
 

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First, I wanted to say thank you for providing some kind of local coverage on this. My husband is a contractor here in Okinawa and we get absolutely zero information from the military or his company.
Thank you for visiting our site, albeit for information regarding COVID-19; it's good to know that we are having an impact locally, be it in the Expat community or those brought here through the terms of SOFA. I hope you end up sticking around long after this outbreak is over. :)

As far as the military and contractor not knowing, I don't believe that is the case. I am quite certain that, at least at the top echelons of the military, they know. That said, there's so much bureaucracy involved in determining whether it's accurate, going up levels above or level to them rank/department wise before they can announce anything.

Not knocking the process, as there is a language barrier, but a great example of my theory can be seen in this post (screenshot attached):


As you can see, they reported on February 19, 2020, at 1525 that there was no other case. However, at 1826 it was confirmed that there was a third case with no further reporting from Kadena AB until 24 hours later, or, 21 hours after confirmation. That tells me, if you get news, you will always have a delay—why that is, is unknown to me as you should be informed around the clock to ensure preventative measures are taken within that window.
I am very grateful that I stumbled upon your site as we had no idea what was happening locally.
Our site provides great news in regards to COVID-19. However, not to scare you, there are plenty of places outdoors in our forum Okinawa Pin Drops that are isolated, but can still give you a sense of Okinawa. I, myself, would not be afraid to travel to most of them on any day.

Learning some history about Okinawa through these sites should keep your mind occupied enough to not worry about an epidemic happening in Okinawa, giving you enough time to not be completely bored until things blow over. Just prepare for the journey with some alcohol hand sanitizer and wash your hands in the "public" restrooms if you can (outdoor ones) prior to using it too as well as washing your face if you can, as advised by multiple sources.

If you feel safer indoors, you can expand your Japanese vocabulary by playing Shiritori, a fun game of learning a word a day. Put it to use after you feel like it's safe to travel around and experience the culture more. :)
It alarms me, the amount of people that are completely oblivious to what is happening with the spread of this virus and the lack of real news to be found covering it.
This is alarming to me as well: locally and abroad. The coverage of it seems minimal while the numbers seem to be increasing at a rate where it can't be ignored.
I understand not wanting to create a panic in the populace but wouldn't an informed public be better equipped to deal with this?
To some degree, yes. But if you have everyone rushing for food, etc., that should be on hand prior to something like this, in my opinion, I believe you have the opportunity for it to jump hosts as someone could be asymptomatic and spread it in the public frenzy of a mob trying to stock up.
If anyone is interested in the global news about this, a YouTube channel called Peak Prosperity has been reporting the illness, science behind it, numbers and potential economic impact of this outbreak.
Thank you, I will have to look into it. :)

However, if you have any specific videos that you'd like to share, you can always click the "..." (Insert) button, media, and paste the YouTube video link there (from 'share' in the YT app 'share' and copy to clipboard or copy/paste from a browser).
Please keep up the news about local developments, it is very much appreciated.
We will keep up as local news reports. I've decided against reporting each individual case if someone gets better from the illness, as we know there's only a 2% mortality rate, and all 3 could make it out unscathed. However, the first confirmed case was in fact twice tested negative for COVID-19 and might have (or was already) been discharged as of yesterday.
As we saw over the weekend, Italy went from 3 cases to over 130 cases in 3 days.
This one rocked me as I check WHO.int sitreps after reading this and between yesterday and today, there were 67 new cases in Italy. :eek:

I would presume the cases in Japan are much higher than what is being reported. This is because, in my opinion, Japan is trying to save face by reporting only those infected that seek medical attention. That said, the criteria for seeking attention is a fever for 4-days.

But in that 4-day window: what are those people doing? Are they well enough to go about normal life, going to work, school events, etc.? Are they self-quarantining themselves? Are they with family members who can be asymptomatic hosts themselves?

Those questions can only be answered when and if there is a flood of people at each clinic needing dire attention because of pneumonia. Then, Japan can no longer deny that the numbers of infected are much lower than they appear.
 
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I would love to know too. PA announcement just a minute ago and I could only tell that Coronavirus was said. I wish I spoke Japanese.
They are still doing daily testing of very few samples that meet the criteria (X to XX) and releasing updates per day.

However, it still remains at 3 with the initial taxi driver (first case) from the Diamond Princess, which has since recovered; the second taxi driver from the same ship, last known to be severe in severe condition without any updates we've come across; and the farmer in Tomigusuku with no known connection to either case.
 
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Any updates on number of cases here on Okinawa?
It is still the three cases. Though, they remain testing those that fit the criteria to be tested.

We will announce on our Page and post when another case tests positive.
 

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