David

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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.
It looks like now that more information is out, she was traveling with parents. This was very irresponsible of them, and quite possibly illegal.

They might've violated the law; Article 13 of the Quarantine Law.
Article 13
(1) The quarantine station chief may examine a person and the vessel etc. prescribed in the preceding article to see whether or not there are any quarantinable infectious disease-causing pathogens, and may assign a quarantine officer to the job.
(2) With respect to the examination specified in the preceding paragraph, the quarantine station chief may carry out an autopsy or may assign a quarantine officer to do the job, if necessary, in order to conduct an examination as specified in the preceding paragraph. In this case, if an autopsy is needed in order to investigate the cause of death, or it is obvious that the aims of autopsy will not be achieved if an answer from the bereaved families is delayed because where they family is residing is not known, or they live in a distant place, it is not necessary for a quarantine station chief to obtain the permission of the bereaved families.
(Instructions for Unloading etc.)
Article 13-2 The quarantine station chief may give instructions to the master of the vessel etc. to unship or produce the cargo for an examination as specified in Paragraph 1 of the preceding article if it is deemed difficult to carry out an examination of the cargo on board as specified in the preceding paragraph.
(Measures for Infected or Potentially Infected Vessels etc.)
The official in charge also explicitly told the family members, to be adults, to remain in place, in which they didn't.

What legal implications this may bring at this point is unknown. But what is known, they did selfishly put others at risk and made a lot more people's jobs harder, as well as possibly made the situation worse to where others could be put out of jobs if it becomes a community infection due to their arrogance.

Source: 休校中にスペイン旅行の家族、検疫法に抵触か 成田で検査結果待たずに沖縄へ出発 | 沖縄タイムス+プラス ニュース | 沖縄タイムス+プラス
 

David

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On a positive note, if you haven't heard by now, The International Olympic Committee finally decided to postpone the 2020 Olympics until possibly the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Not only is 1/5th the world on some sort of lockdown, which would make it nearly impossible for the games to go on; but because of Japanese quarantine restrictions, people (the players, coaches, and spectators coming) would also need to possibly stay in quarantine for 14-days. Additionally, as I theorized, the games would've just been a breeding ground for COVID-19 with the rest of the world taking it back home with them if they hadn't already brought it to Japan in the first place.

Source: 2020 Tokyo Games will be postponed, IOC member Dick Pound says | The Japan Times
 
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Regarding #6 "March 24, 2020 @ 1047 -- Male in 40s " It is absolutely crucial we find out if this was community spread or not. Please, please update this discussion frequently.
We'll keep you posted on all cases as news comes out.

We were the first to stop the judgment of the teenager on other platforms because people were bashing a teen, who isn't an adult and could've been traveling alone, without known facts and evidence. You can't do that. The news later broke that she was with her parents, who made the decision. So, we personally still wouldn't blame the teen but would look down on the parents for their misguided and potentially illegal choice to leave quarantine.

Keep this page bookmarked or click the "Watch" button at the top to receive notifications of new cases or anything we find out about the case of the 40-year old. :)
 
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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 →
 

Balthazar

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So this is kinda good news...3 new threats to community spread in 2 days but not community spread...but where tight testing & quarantine procedures could have prevented this...& I know this a little draconian but I just don't understand why all airports are not simply shut down for pedestrian travel, period.
 
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So this is kinda good news...3 new threats to community spread in 2 days but not community spread
You can look at it that way, R naught aside, for now. It's a very optimistic outlook on things that seemingly look grim in the news.
but where tight testing & quarantine procedures could have prevented this
Okinawa's capacity to test is only 9 per day.

They believe more in social distancing and self-quarantining to be the cure-all after apparently learning their lesson with H1N1/Swine Flu in 2009.

The only thing that we got wrong in our reporting was some errant commas and the lack of clarity that he is a Tokyo resident that was visiting Naha City, Okinawa after a trip to Taiwan during the dates of March 7 to March 9.

The article does not speculate whether he was infected in Taiwan or between his travels in Tokyo. Though, with the 2 week incubation period, it could have been from either: Taiwan or a community-spread in Tokyo.
 

David

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Kadena AB isn't always the best source of information, @Balthazar.

They appear to jump on news and report immediately to only follow up much later in the cycle. This is apparent in a 1525 post by them during a time when rumors were circulating that there was another case, to not wait it out and confirm or dispel those rumors.

It was eventually confirmed a little later on the same day at 1826 by local news. This is relevant to note as Kadena AB didn't report on it until the following day. As such, people could've been going about their normal activities without knowing there was another case out there; though, at the time, I don't think there was any reason to be alarmed, even if so.

Having served in the military myself, I can't fault them for not being there 24/7 to report on cases because when 1600-1630 hit, we clocked out too. Though, since this was reported on much earlier in the day at 1331 by local news, which I'm sure they have much earlier access to with their own government ties, they should've posted this in their 1728 post that you referenced. This is because a lot of international flights leaving Okinawa to the States, which now imposes a 14-day quarantine period, have short to long layovers in Taiwan too.

This information would be good for travelers leaving here with layovers in Taiwan to decide how to spend their time there as they've had 215 confirmed cases with 184 being active and 2 deaths (according to worldometer as WHO doesn't report on Taiwan or lumps them in with China).

I'm not saying that we're the best source in Okinawa as we don't get it right all the time either. There was an error in our original reporting of the first case of coronavirus in Okinawa (where this timeline and discussion once was up until yesterday) with the date as 2019 instead of 2020—which confused a lot of people—as we rushed to it without dotting our i's and crossing our t's.

But, we have since learned from that mistake going forward when reporting on COVID-19 and are now being more prudent on cases posted here when they break locally with as little information as the government of Okinawa provides at first. Then, we try to follow up with each independent case to make the public aware of the locations of that patients have been or other pertinent background information. This isn't to cause fear or to make anyone avoid the areas, but to serve as a constant reminder to at least use more caution and follow good hygienic practices so that you don't become a patient yourself.
 
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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.
 

David

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What about the man working at a hotel in Naha City infected with the coronavirus? Is he the 4th case, the man in his 20s?
Apologize about this one, @Mina. It was grouped into another news report that we ran across. However, if I recollect, we were going to use an English translation that also said he came into contact with several guests at the hotel and other people close to him prior to checking into the southern treatment center for COVID-19 patients.

Don't quote me on that last part quite yet, though. I'm still trying to dig it up, whether it was in English or in Japanese. It did give more information on how many people he was in contact with.
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.
 

David

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What about the man working at a hotel in Naha City infected with the coronavirus? Is he the 4th case, the man in his 20s?
Per an early morning conference on March 24 with Okinawa's Governor, Tamaki Denny, a few things were clarified regarded the foreign national in his 20s working the front desk of Hotel Royal Orion in Naha City found to be positive for COVID-19 on March 23:
  • He visited Belgium March 5–14, where it's believed the infection was contracted;
  • He worked the front desk March 16–17;
  • A fever of 39°C broke on March 18, "not severe" for treatment;
  • Thirteen guests and seven employees came into possible contact with him during the two-day work window;
  • The hotel has contacted those he might've been in contact with;
  • After his fever broke, the hotel was sanitized;
  • He tested positive for COVID-19 in the afternoon of March 23; and
  • The prefecture is following up with health checks on all other possible contacts.
The Governor's closing statement, loosely translated, was, "I want you to make a careful judgment about unnecessary and urgent overseas travel to prevent the spread of infection in the prefecture," which I would only presume encompasses the rest of Japan and world, applying to all residing in Okinawa regardless of visa status or affiliation.
 

Mina

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Thank you so much @Okinawa and @David, it is really important to stay up-to-date on this situation to raise awareness and learn from it. Responsibility and social discipline are truly necessary strategies in the fight against the vicious virus. We are all in this together and we will overcome it together.
 

David

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