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Tokyo recorded 55 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Wednesday, an alarmingly high number following a brief stretch in which daily figures fluctuated following the lifting of the state of emergency declaration in late May and subsequent reopening of the capital.

Wednesday was the first day in which new cases had exceeded 50 since May 5. Gov. Yuriko Koike said a number of the new infections reported on the day could be traced back to nightlife destinations as well as contact among employees working in the same location.

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