Japan Dials Back Domestic Travel Campaign As Virus Cases Hit Record
The partial suspension of the domestic travel campaign marks a change in direction for the government, which was holding back on curtailing a domestic travel subsidy programme.
Suga has been attempting a balancing act of revitalising Japan’s hard-hit economy while keeping the spread of the coronavirus under control. However, an expert panel recommended on Friday that the government curtail the programme if there is a further rise in cases.
The government has not confirmed details of the partial suspension, such as which regions would be excluded from the domestic travel campaign or cancellation policies.
New coronavirus cases have continued to climb nationally, with cases topping 2,500 for the first time and reaching a new high of 2,560 on Saturday, according to public broadcaster NHK. In Tokyo, the daily infection rate reached a record 539 cases.
Disclaimer: This post has been auto-published from an agency feed without any modifications to the text and has not been reviewed by an editor