Japan's COVID-19 cases hit another record

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan reached a record for the third day straight, at 2418 cases, the health ministry says.

Japan, with fewer than 2000 deaths related to the coronavirus, has been relatively successful at containing the damage from the coronavirus pandemic, with social distancing and the widespread use of masks.

But worries are growing about another infection surge as the nation begins a three-day weekend. Monday is Labour Thanksgiving, a national holiday.

A government panel on coronavirus measures is meeting later in the day, where a decision may be coming to scale back the government-backed "GoTo" campaign, which offers discounts for domestic travel and eating out.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has been aggressive on keeping the economy going while balancing health risks.

Tokyo's Haneda Airport was packed with holiday makers on Saturday. Spots popular for holiday travel, such as the northernmost main island of Hokkaido and urban areas such as Tokyo and Osaka, have seen COVID-19 cases jump recently.