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Osaka Prefecture recorded 905 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, posting a record high for a third day amid a fourth wave of the pandemic.

Earlier in the day Tokyo posted 545 new cases, exceeding 500 for a second straight day as the governor urged the central government to grant her the legal authority to employ stronger coronavirus measures.

Cases in the capital were down by 10 from the previous day, but up 70 from a week earlier, according to the metropolitan government.

The average number of daily new cases in Tokyo jumped to 427.0 in the week through Thursday from the preceding week’s 372.3.

Of Thursday’s new cases in Tokyo, 173 were confirmed among people in their 20s, 103 among those in their 30s, 86 among those in their 40s and 66 among those in their 50s. Those aged 65 or older accounted for 60 cases.

The number of infected people with severe symptoms under the metropolitan government’s criteria stood at 41, unchanged from the previous day.

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