Oct 24: COVID-19 round-up
- Japan plans to request that companies extend their New Year holidays, possibly to about a week in length, to mitigate congestion on public transportation and during traditional shrine visits as a measure against COVID-19.
- Japan is considering compiling an extra budget worth around ¥10 trillion to offset the economic drag caused by the coronavirus pandemic, local media reported.
- Around 80% of children who tested positive for the novel coronavirus caught it from family members, the Japan Pediatric Society has found.
- Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics will open applications in November for refunds on tickets to the games, which have been postponed to next summer because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.