Friday’s Asahi highlighted remarks made to the press on Thursday by Chairman Omi of the GOJ coronavirus taskforce subcommittee. He asked people to exercise caution in taking trips during the New Year’s holidays due to the gradual spread of the Omicron strain of COVID-19. He expressed alarm about the community transmission of the variant in Tokyo and elsewhere, warning of the possibility of hospital capacity becoming strained on account of its highly transmissible nature.
On Friday, Prime Minister Kishida also called for the public to think twice about traveling during the holiday season. “I want people to carefully reconsider their travel plans,” he was quoted as saying. “I will forego my plan to travel to my hometown of Hiroshima.”