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COVID-19 spreading rapidly in Kyushu, Okinawa 

  • August 6, 2020
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Asahi front-paged a finding that following the launch of the GOJ’s “Go To Travel” tourism promotion campaign on July 22, the number of COVID-19 cases has surged across Japan, especially in Kyushu and Okinawa. Only one case was reported per day on average in the week ending on July 21 in Okinawa, but the corresponding figure for the week ending on Aug. 4  was 58. Kumamoto and Miyazaki also recorded spikes in new cases. While both prefectures had confirmed less than one case per week before the tourism campaign began, Kumamoto reported 21 and Miyazaki reported 16 new cases in the week ending on Aug. 4.   


Meanwhile, the nationwide caseload on Wednesday was 1,358, including 263 cases in Tokyo, 196 in Osaka, 147 in Aichi, 123 in Fukuoka, 81 in Kanagawa, and 77 in Okinawa. A state of emergency went into effect in Aichi today. As well, the Aichi prefectural government will reportedly urge the public to avoid going out in the next two weeks.  

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