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Japan's death toll from COVID-19 climbed 119 from the previous day to 6,084 on Wednesday, exceeding the 6,000 mark only 11 days after it topped 5,000 on Jan. 23.

The daily increase matched the country's record high logged a day earlier. Also on Wednesday, Tokyo saw a new high of 32 deaths, and the neighboring prefecture of Kanagawa a record 19 fatalities.

Across Japan, the daily number of new infection cases stood at 2,631, below 3,000 for the fourth straight day.

The health ministry said the nationwide number of severely ill coronavirus patients dropped 40 from the previous day to 987.

The country's death toll had risen from 2,000 to 3,000 in a month, then to 4,000 in 18 days and to 5,000 in 14 days.

The total includes fatalities among cruise ship passengers.

Of those who had died with the coronavirus in Japan as of Jan. 27, 61.9% were in their 80s or over, 23.9% in their 70s, and 8.4% in their 60s, according to the ministry.

The rate of deaths among infected people came to 11.4% for those in their 80s or over, far outpacing 4.3% for those in their 70s and 1.3% for those in their 60s.

Tokyo confirmed 676 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, standing below 1,000 for the sixth successive day, according to the metropolitan government.

Of the new infection cases, 129 were in their 20s, 105 in their 30s, and 96 in their 40s. People age 6 or older accounted for 171 cases.

Under the metropolitan government's standards, the number of severely ill patients decreased by four from the previous day to 125.

The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 101,466. Tokyo’s daily figure comes after 2,101 tests were conducted Sunday. It usually takes around three days for tests to produce results.

On Tuesday, Japan confirmed a record 119 new fatalities from COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the country saw 2,324 new infection cases that day, with the daily count standing under 3,000 for the third straight day.

The number of severely ill COVID-19 patients fell by 38 from Monday to 937, the health ministry said.

In Kochi Prefecture, no new coronavirus cases were confirmed for the first time since Nov. 28 last year.

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