To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. The government said Friday it plans to request that companies extend their New Year holidays, possibly to about a week in length, to mitigate congestion on public transportation and during traditional shrine visits as a measure against COVID Since the year-end to New Year holiday season in Japan is a time for family reunions, train stations and airports typically become overcrowded on certain days with those traveling home. By lengthening the holiday season, people are likely to be able to make more flexible travel schedules and avoid congestion. The measure was discussed during a meeting of a government subcommittee dealing with the coronavirus.
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By Rocky Swift , Linda Sieg. The city of Asahikawa, about km 87 miles north of Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido, is reeling from infection clusters at two hospitals and a care home. It prompted the government to announce a plan on Monday to send nurses from Self Defense Forces to the region and western metropolis of Osaka to help fight the outbreak. When we add this coldness factor, it shows that we need to express a lot more caution or we could face a further spread of contagion. Researchers have warned that airborne transmission of the virus increase when people spend more time in closed-up rooms breathing dry air. Yasutaka Kakinoki at Asahikawa City hospital.
Coronavirus: Japan doctors warn of health system 'break down' as cases surge
Doctors in Japan have warned that the country's medical system could collapse amid a wave of new coronavirus cases. Emergency rooms have been unable to treat some patients with serious health conditions due to the extra burden caused by the virus, officials say. One ambulance carrying a patient with coronavirus symptoms was turned away by 80 hospitals before he could be seen. Japan, which initially appeared to have the virus under control, passed 10, confirmed cases on Saturday.
Foreign residents who violate Covid quarantine rules will also lose their resident status. Japan has once again tightened its entry rules by banning all travellers until February 7, but Japanese citizens and foreign residents are still allowed into the country. Those who violate the rules by going out during the quarantine period will be penalised, including the public disclosure of their full name. Foreign residents have to be especially careful not to break quarantine, as their resident status will be revoked, severely limiting their ability to live and work in Japan and possibly resulting in deportation.