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Japan panel discourages domestic travel to most-infected areas

Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Sapporo cited as COVID-19 hot spots

A traveler walks through the arrival zone at Narita International Airport near Tokyo. Japan is facing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, particularly in cities like Tokyo and Osaka.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's coronavirus advisory panel on Wednesday urged residents to avoid traveling to and from hard-hit parts of the country for three weeks -- a period seen as the make-or-break point to prevent an explosion of new cases.

"The next three weeks will decide whether we can keep new infections under control," said Yasutoshi Nishimura, minister in charge of economic revitalization, to reporters after meeting with the panel.

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