In the press review of this Friday, February 26, we will discuss: The “Go To Travel” campaign could partially resume after the lifting of the state of emergency, Tokyo: dozens of foreign detainees contract COVID-19 and 305 households advised to evacuate as the forest fire continues in Tochigi department.
The “Go To Travel” campaign could resume after the lifting of the state of emergency
Japan plans to resume its “Go to Travel” campaign to promote domestic tourism. This program would only be implemented in certain regions of the country, even if the current state of emergency concerning the new coronavirus is completely lifted, Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said Thursday. The idea of possibly relaunching the campaign comes from the fact that Japan decided to end at the end of this month its second state of emergency for five departments west of the Tokyo metropolitan area, the number of coronavirus infections no longer considered catastrophic. The five departments are Osaka, Kyôto, Hyôgo, Aichi and Gifu.
In Tokyo, dozens of foreign detainees contract COVID-19
Fifty-five foreign male detainees and six officials from Tokyo have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Japan Immigration Service Agency. The 61 cases of infection have been confirmed to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Office. The immigration office is busy responding to the situation, officials said, isolating infected foreign detainees and moving them to restricted areas. The new measures taken to deal with the epidemic include limiting the time during which detainees can leave their rooms and prohibiting them from meeting visitors. ” We were told to take a social distance from other roommates, but we can’t go out“, Said a Chinese detainee over the phone. ” The possibility of being infected is very scary“.
Forest fire continues in Tochigi department
A forest fire on Ryogaisan Mountain in Ashikaga, Tochigi Department, continued this Friday morning, spreading over an area of 100 hectares. A total of 305 homes have been advised to evacuate. It is the sixth day since the start of the fire, the Self-Defense Force planes and firefighting helicopters resumed aerial operations around 6.30 a.m. High winds propelled the blaze nearly 150 meters from a residential area on Thursday. The Ashikaga municipal government issued an additional evacuation notice for 98 households at 8 a.m. By 9 a.m., 11 people from six homes were accommodated in an evacuation center.