All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Suga and Tokyo Governor Koike agreed on Tuesday to ask people aged 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions to refrain from making trips to or from Tokyo using the “Go To Travel” campaign until Dec. 17 amid the recent resurgence of coronavirus cases. The papers wrote that although the Tokyo Metropolitan Government had considered asking people in Tokyo to refrain from traveling regardless of age, it eventually decided to ask only older people and those with preexisting conditions to do so out of concern that the request would have a significant impact on the economy if it were made for a wider range of people. However, the papers wrote that some medical experts are concerned that the measure will not be sufficient to prevent the spread of the virus.
The papers wrote that the agreement between Suga and Koike came as Japan confirmed more than 2,020 new COVID-19 cases and a record 41 deaths nationwide on Tuesday. The number of patients with serious symptoms in Japan rose by 21 from the previous day and hit a record high of 493 on Tuesday. Tokyo confirmed 372 new cases, up from 311 on Monday.