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GOJ plans not to ask people to forgo summer travel

  • August 4, 2020
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Yomiuri, Sankei, and Mainichi wrote that Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said at a press briefing on Monday that the GOJ has no intention to request people to refrain from traveling to their hometowns and elsewhere during the upcoming Obon summer holidays despite the continued spread of the coronavirus in Japan. Suga reportedly said: “We are not asking people to completely refrain from traveling across prefectural borders. We are just asking them to be very cautious.” The papers wrote that the government is planning to discuss what kind of advice to give people traveling to their hometowns at a subcommittee of experts to be convened in the coming days.

 

However, Asahi wrote that despite Suga’s statement, some prefectural governors, including those of Aichi, Mie, and Akita, separately called on people to reconsider plans to travel to their hometowns during the summer holidays out of concern over shortages of hospital beds and other medical facilities in their regions.

 

Prime Minister Abe commented on the COVID-19 infection situation in Japan at a joint meeting between the GOJ and the ruling coalition on Monday by saying that although the number of COVID-19 cases has been increasing, the number of seriously ill patients has been hovering around 80 nationwide and around 20 in Tokyo for the past several days. The premier said that the GOJ will make utmost efforts to prevent the virus from spreading to elderly people and people with underlying health problems.

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