Japan is considering putting limits on large gatherings the day after the main domestic travel campaign was voted back.
The daily list of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record on day four, and a senior official says Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government may once again restrict sports and other major events to contain the surge.
The Japanese Ministry of Health reported on Sunday 2. 508 cases, the second time the daily number 2. Exceeded 500. In the Japanese capital Tokyo, the daily infection rate was 539 cases, an all-time high.
Japan has less than 2 so far. 000 coronavirus-related deaths recorded – to avoid the number of hardest hit countries – but fears of a further spike are mounting, with local media saying hospital capacity in the hardest hit areas is being tested as a growing number The number of seriously ill patients occupies fewer and fewer beds.
Yasutoshi Nishimura, the economy minister, told the public broadcaster NHK on Sunday that the government was considering re-introducing restrictions on large gatherings in areas of the country where cases are increasing.
He said the government was also considering reimbursing customers who booked trips through a domestic tourism campaign that was partially suspended on Saturday.
The end of the GoTo program, which encouraged travel and restaurants with discounts, marked a change of direction for Suga, attempting a balancing act between revitalizing the hardest-hit Japanese economy and controlling the coronavirus.
Critics say the move was too little and too late as many people had already made travel reservations for a three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan.
Airports and restaurants are full, and some say the government should have offered to pay for cancellations or instead stepped up PCR testing if the goal is to keep the economy going in a pandemic.
Tutorials on the correct ways to eat and drink in masked restaurants are being distributed online.
Meanwhile, NHK said on Sunday that Japan’s « hospitals are under pressure ». In seven of the country’s 47 prefectures, including Hyogo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Aichi and Tokyo, bed occupancy is over 30 percent.
In the past week alone, the number of hospital patients rose 32 percent, NHK said.
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