2020.12.15 12:19Nation

専門家「流行抑える最大好機」 「トラベル」全国一時停止―新型コロナ

 新型コロナウイルスの「第3波」が続く中、急きょ決まった国の肝煎り事業「Go To トラベル」の全国一斉の一時停止。専門家は「感染流行を抑える最大のチャンスだ」と指摘する。

2020.12.15 12:19Nation

Go To Travel Halt Best Chance to Contain Outbreak: Expert

The suspension of the Japanese government's Go To Travel tourism subsidy program for the entire country during the winter holiday period will create the "biggest opportunity" to contain the spread of COVID-19, an expert has said.
   In explaining the view, the expert, Mitsuyoshi Urashima, professor of preventive medicine at Jikei University School of Medicine, stressed the significance of stepping up infection control efforts during the period when employees of many companies take time off from work.
   The subsidy program's all-out suspension from Dec. 28 to Jan. 11 next year that was abruptly decided Monday will be "extremely effective in reducing people's movements," Urashima said.
   Noting that the government had halted the Go To Travel program only for some regions in response to increases of infection cases, Urashima said, "The message was weak."
   "The nationwide suspension will allow the public to feel the government's sense of crisis to a respectable degree," he said.