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COVID-19: Japan to droop home journey marketing campaign in two cities, minister says

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TOKYO: The Japanese authorities is getting ready to pause its home journey marketing campaign in two cities following sharp rises in COVID-19 circumstances, the minister dealing with the federal government’s coronavirus response mentioned on Tuesday (Nov 24).

Economic system Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura mentioned he hoped a last choice on the short-term exclusion of western Osaka metropolis in addition to Sapporo in northern Japan might be made later within the day.

“Infections are spreading and medical care is changing into tense, so I feel it is good to behave as quickly as doable,” Nishimura instructed reporters after a Cupboard assembly.

Nishimura mentioned the exclusion would initially be for 3 weeks, throughout which there could be a halt of latest reservations beneath the programme.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Saturday the federal government would droop new reservations beneath the Go To Journey programme for journeys to hard-hit areas as new coronavirus circumstances have continued to rise nationally.

Suga has been making an attempt a balancing act of revitalising the hard-hit economic system whereas retaining the unfold of the coronavirus beneath management.

Osaka metropolis reported 171 new circumstances on Monday after seeing a file 286 circumstances yesterday, a metropolis official instructed Reuters.

Sapporo’s every day an infection fee stood at 140 circumstances on Monday, under a file 197 circumstances reported on Thursday final week, a metropolis official mentioned.

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