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  • August 19, 2021
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Broadcasters gave top play to reports on the record 23,917 new COVID-19 cases confirmed nationwide on Wednesday, including 5,386 in Tokyo (NHK, NTV), hospital beds secured for seriously ill COVID-19 patients quickly filling up despite efforts to increase the number of beds (TBS), the death of a woman in her 40s in Tokyo who tested positive for COVID-19 and was recuperating at home together with her husband and child who had also tested positive for the virus (Fuji TV), and Tokyo assembly member Kinoshita Fumiko, who caused an accident while driving without a license and has been absent from assembly meetings ever since (TV Asahi). 

 

Lead items in national dailies included the Suga administration’s plan to update the criteria for declaring a COVID-19 state of emergency, a senior Taliban official’s remarks calling for national reconciliation, a Japanese drug firm’s plan to launch a clinical test of its COVID-19 vaccine in Southeast Asia, and Health Ministry data suggesting that telemedicine is not being widely used in Japan.      

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