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The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms in Japan rose by 13 to 1,014 on Wednesday, marking a record high for the 17th consecutive day, the health ministry said.

The country confirmed 5,532 new coronavirus cases and 92 new fatalities from the virus. The new deaths included 12 in Osaka and 10 in Tokyo.

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