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Japan Coronavirus Panel Urges Review of "Go To" Campaigns

Japan Coronavirus Panel Urges Review of "Go To" Campaigns

   Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--An expert panel on the novel coronavirus epidemic advised the Japanese government on Friday to review its "Go To" series demand-stimulating campaigns in areas where infections are spreading.
   The recommendation came as the government has indicated its intention to keep in place the campaigns aimed at supporting industries hit hard by the coronavirus fallout.
   The panel, chaired by Shigeru Omi, head of the Japan Community Health Care Organization, also called on the public to exercise utmost vigilance against the coronavirus at a time when the country now faces a risk of seeing an explosive spread of infections.
   Meanwhile, the government plans to ask local authorities to conduct blanket coronavirus testing at hospitals and elderly facilities in areas with spreading infections. It will also likely call on people to fully take measures to prevent infections during the three-day weekend through Monday, including avoiding dining in large groups.
   The government is slated to hold a meeting of its coronavirus response headquarters on Saturday to share updates on local infection situations and have talks on measures based on the panel's recommendations.

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