Japan has launched the “Yabai! Go Back!” campaign in an attempt to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 across the country.

The “Go To” campaign encouraging citizens to travel around the country surprisingly resulted in accelerating the spread of the disease.

“We thought if we had a catchy slogan such as ‘Go To’ this would mitigate the threat of travel causing the spread of an airborne virus,” said Yasutoshi Nishimura, minister in charge of the government’s coronavirus response.

“In hindsight, it was a god-awful idea during a global pandemic.”

The government is now encouraging people not to go out and to stay in their homes as much as possible.

“We have now come up with the novel idea of families spending time together in their homes.”

Japan is set to remain in a state of limbo with relatively high COVID-19 cases for at least the next year or two before an effective vaccine can immunise a majority of the population due to the strong influence of business lobby groups pressuring the government to keep the economy open.