The Japanese government has scaled back its subsidized domestic "Go to Travel" campaign due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 cases.
The cities of Osaka and Sapporo will be removed from the destinations of the government’s popular program for at least three weeks until Dec. 15 to help curb the spike.
"It was a tough decision. But we made the decision to avoid further strain on the medical system in those cities," said Kazuyoshi Akaba, the Minister of Transport in charge of the scheme.
On Tuesday, Osaka registered 210 new coronavirus cases while Hokkaido, home to Sapporo city, counted 216 new infections. The capital city of Tokyo recorded 186 new cases.
Japan's Health Ministry announced 1,228 new Covid-19 infections and 12 deaths over 24 hours on Tuesday.
The country's total numbers now stand at 136,012 confirmed cases with a death toll of 2,015.