TOKYO (AP) – Japan’s daily count of reported COVID-19 cases hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people diagnosed as infected, the Health Ministry reported Sunday.
Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the deadly quota of the worst-affected nations, but fears are growing of another wave of infections.
Opposition lawmakers and citizens have criticized the government for acting too slowly in stopping its “GoTo” campaign, which promoted discounted travel and dining.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the decision to halt the campaign on Saturday, but many people had already made travel reservations for this three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan.
Airports and restaurants are packed. Some said the government should have offered to pay for the cancellations, or step up PCR testing further, if the goal is to keep the economy going amid the pandemic. Authorities have been posting tutorials online on the correct way to eat and drink in restaurants, with masks.
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