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Japan to Add 6.8 T. Yen to Coronavirus Grants to Local Govts

Japan to Add 6.8 T. Yen to Coronavirus Grants to Local Govts

   Tokyo, Nov. 24 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering increasing its special grants to local governments for novel coronavirus measures by 6.8 trillion yen under a fiscal 2021 supplementary budget, it was learned Wednesday.
   The central government plans to create a new quota of some 300 billion yen for local governments conducting polymerase chain reaction tests for the coronavirus for free, informed sources said.
   With the step, the government aims to help local governments better prepare for a possible sixth wave of infections, the sources said.
   In its package of coronavirus measures adopted Nov. 12, the government promised to ensure that local governments can conduct free PCR tests until the end of next March for people who cannot get COVID-19 vaccinations for health or other reasons.
   The government created the special grant program with 1 trillion yen allocated under the first extra budget for fiscal 2020.

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