• Staff report, Jiji, Kyodo

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Japan confirmed a single-day record of 47 deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday as new cases continued to spread.

The number of serious COVID-19 patients nationwide also hit a record, topping 530, the health ministry said. More than 2,000 new cases were reported across the country, media reports said.

Tokyo, which reported 352 new cases, had 60 serious cases, rising by five from Monday. Tokyo’s daily figure was based on 4,067 tests, the metropolitan government said in a statement. Among the new cases, people in their 20s made up the highest number at 78, followed by those in their 30s at 71 and those in their 40s at 59. Infections among those 65 or older totaled 45. Tuesday’s figure brought the capital’s cumulative total of coronavirus infections to 44,355.

At Asahikawa Kosei General Hospital in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 237 cases had been confirmed as of Monday. The outbreak there is believed to be Japan’s largest coronavirus cluster, exceeding the one at Eiju General Hospital in Tokyo, which had 214 infection cases.

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