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Japan holiday travel raises COVID risk, especially for elderly

Deaths remain low but officials remain on alert

TOKYO -- As Japan enters the peak of its summer holiday season this weekend, people are moving around the country more, raising the risk of new COVID-19 infections, particularly among the elderly.

Many Japanese have been on vacation since last week, starting with the three-day weekend from Aug. 8-10. Others will take this weekend off for Bon, a Buddhist holiday during which people visit the graves of their ancestors. Tokyo residents often leave the city at this time of year to visit their families across the country.

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