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Japan breaks record for new cases for fourth straight day

Japan breaks record for new cases for fourth straight day
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People make their way at a departure lobby of Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP)

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TOKYO -- The daily tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people confirmed infected, the health ministry said Sunday.

A flurry of criticism has erupted, from opposition legislators and the public, slamming the government as having acted too slowly in halting its "GoTo" campaign, which encouraged travel and dining out with discounts.

Japenese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced the decision Saturday. But many people had already made travel reservations for this three-day Thanksgiving weekend in Japan.

Airports and restaurants have been packed. Some said the government should have offered to pay for cancellations, or stepped up more on PCR testing instead, if the goal is to keep the economy going amid a pandemic.
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