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Asia Today: Cases in Japan hit record amid holiday travel – Washington, District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia 2020-11-21 23:40:22 –

Tokyo (AP) — Daily tabulation of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Japan set a record for Day 4 …

Tokyo (AP) — A daily tally of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Japan set a record for day 4 at 2,508, the Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

To date, Japan has suffered less than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths, avoiding the casualties of the more devastated countries. However, there is growing concern about another surge. Inundated with criticism from opposition lawmakers and the public, the government accused the “Go To” tourism campaign of being canceled too late and encouraged travel and eating out at discounted prices.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga abandoned the campaign on Saturday, but only after many had already booked a three-day Thanksgiving weekend trip in Japan.

The airport and restaurants are full. Some say that if the goal was to maintain the economy in a pandemic, the government should have paid a cancellation fee or instead strengthened PCR testing. Tutorials are available online on how to properly eat and drink in a restaurant while wearing a mask.

In other developments in the Asia Pacific region:

— South Australia and Victoria relaxed COVID-19 restrictions on Sunday as Australia heads into the summer in a better position to fight the virus. The hardest hit, Victoria, has been 23 days old with no new infections. In response, Prime Minister Daniel Andrews has announced some changes to the restrictions. The previously required outdoor masking is no longer necessary where social distance is possible. The mask should continue to be worn indoors and always carried. A family gathering of up to 15 people is allowed, and an outdoor gathering of up to 50 people is possible. Up to 150 people can attend a wedding, funeral, or indoor religious service. Residents of South Australia escaped the blockade of the entire state on Saturday midnight and can now visit bars and restaurants in groups of up to 10 people and host gatherings of up to 50 people at a social distance. .. The gymnasium and beauty salon will open and will return to school on Monday. The border between Victoria and New South Wales closed three months ago at the height of Victoria’s outbreak and will reopen on Sunday. Premier Gladys Beregikrian of New South Wales said: I hope this is the last time this border will be closed in our lifetime. “

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