• KYODO, Reuters


The number of travel-associated COVID-19 cases across the nation increased around threefold, with cases linked to tourism rising nearly sevenfold, after the government began a subsidy program aimed at promoting domestic tourism in July, a recent study found.

“Although the second epidemic wave in Japan had begun to decline by mid-August, enhanced domestic tourism may have contributed to increasing travel-associated COVID-19 cases,” Kyoto University researchers Hiroshi Nishiura and Asami Anzai said in the study, published last Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Medicine.

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