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Japan avoided a surge in overall fatalities during its deadliest month of the coronavirus pandemic, indicating the country has been successful in limiting the damage from COVID-19.

Mortality across the nation dropped by 3.5 percent in May from a year earlier, with Japan recording a total of 108,380 deaths from any cause, data released Tuesday by the health ministry show. The month, during which much of the country was under a state of emergency, saw the most deaths so far from COVID-19. Japan officially recorded 468 coronavirus-related fatalities in May, almost half its total to date of 1,001.

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