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An Air Self-Defense Force member engaged in a mission to airlift drinking water to disaster-hit Tonga using a C-130 transport aircraft has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

The ASDF officer and 21 other mission members who are suspected to be close contacts of the infected individual are being isolated at an accommodation facility in Australia, which is used as a base for the airlift mission, according to the ministry's Joint Staff.

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