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131 'Go To Travel' campaign users contracted coronavirus: Japan gov't spokesman

A car-free zone at the Ginza shopping district in the capital's Chuo Ward is seen filled with people on the first weekend after Tokyo was included in the "Go To Travel" subsidy campaign on Oct. 3, 2020. (Mainichi/Naotsune Umemura)

TOKYO -- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said in a Nov. 10 press conference that 131 users of the "Go To Travel" subsidy campaign aimed at spurring domestic travel had contracted the coronavirus as of the previous day.

    A total of 31.38 million people used the central government's subsidy campaign between July 22 and Oct. 15. Meanwhile, none of the users of the "Go To Eat" campaign aimed at supporting the food service industry have apparently been confirmed infected, according to the government.

    Kato said, "There hasn't been any report about the spread of the virus among employees and others at hotel and sightseeing facilities due to users of the Go To Travel campaign. By coordinating with local governments and organizations and carefully observing the state of infections, we would like to take appropriate responses."

    (Japanese original by Kei Sato, Political News Department)

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