18 August, 2021
A total of 64 patients at a hospital in Okinawa Prefecture have died in a coronavirus cluster infection. ALL of them were fully vaccinated.
Patients and staff at Uruma Kinen hospital started contracting the Delta variant around mid-July. Infections spread rapidly and developed into the largest-scale cluster infection recorded in the prefecture.
Prefectural officials say 173 hospitalized patients and 23 staff members have so far been confirmed infected.
Hospital officials say five deaths were confirmed as of July 30 and the number of fatalities continued to rise. As of August 17, the death toll has hit 64 of this group. ALL of the dead were fully vaccinated; the vaccine either did not protect them, or __ it __ caused them to die.