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Japan’s daily COVID-19 tally hits record 250,000 cases

  • August 11, 2022
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All national dailies wrote that Japan’s daily coronavirus tally soared to a record 250,403 cases on Wednesday. Fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron BA.5 subvariant, Japan’s new COVID-19 cases topped 250,000 for the first time, exceeding the previous record of around 249,800 on Aug. 3. New coronavirus cases have been increasing since June, and in mid-July the figure more than doubled from a week before. The numbers of deaths and seriously ill patients have also been quickly rising. Out of Japan’s 47 prefectures, 20 reported record numbers of cases on Wednesday.


In a related story, NHK reported that according to the WHO, Japan logged almost 1.5 million new COVID cases in the week ending on Aug. 7, marking the highest number in the world for the third consecutive week and accounting for about 20% of global cases.


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