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Japan confirmed a record 121 new deaths linked to the coronavirus on Wednesday, as the country reported 1,887 new infections, the fourth straight day below 2,000.

Japan has mostly seen cases of the deadly virus fall under the country’s coronavirus state of emergency, which was formally extended from Monday, though fatalities still remain high for many areas, including Tokyo and Osaka.

Nationwide, the number of coronavirus patients with severe symptoms fell by 23 from the previous day to 736.

In Tokyo, new COVID-19 cases jumped from 412 a day earlier to 491 on Wednesday, but continuing a streak of 13 straight days with fewer than 1,000 daily infections.

Wednesday’s figure in the capital also saw severe cases under the metropolitan government’s standards fell by one from the previous day to 103. Of the total new cases in Tokyo, 80 were in their 20s, 75 in their 40s and 71 in their 30s. People age 65 or older accounted for 144 cases. The cumulative number of cases in the capital is now 105,024.

Tokyo’s daily figure comes after 1,621 tests were conducted Sunday. It usually takes around three days for tests to produce results.

In Aomori Prefecture, a record 40 new cases — all linked to a hospital in Kuroishi — were reported. Meanwhile, the coronavirus variant that originated in Britain was found in three people in their 50s to 70s in the western prefecture of Hyogo, bringing the number of such cases nationwide to 108.

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