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Hospitals facing a crisis; more support is now an urgent task

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The manner in which the government is handling the latest surge in new coronavirus cases is a textbook example of policy failure. By sticking to policy decisions once they are made and then scrambling to make the next move after the situation deteriorates simply will not work.

In a Nov. 27 meeting of its COVID-19 task force, the government moved to further scale down its Go To programs designed to salvage the embattled hospitality industry.

Last weekend, it announced that trips to infection hot spots would be excluded from the Go To Travel campaign. In an additional move, the government also decided to suspend subsidies for trips originating in areas where new cases are spiking, with Osaka and Sapporo on the initial list of targets.

The government's panel of experts dealing with the public health crisis on Nov. 25 recommended a temporary suspension of the Go To Travel campaign.

But the government turned down the proposal. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Nov. 26 refused to answer reporters’ questions about the matter and left, as if........

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