• Staff report, Jiji

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Osaka Prefecture, grappling with an unrelenting surge in coronavirus cases, reported a record daily high 1,260 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the same day Tokyo confirmed 925 infections, the most there since Jan. 28.

The figure in Osaka broke the previous record of 1,242 set just a week ago, while the tally in the capital was the most since late January, when it reported 1,065 infections.

The Tokyo figure was also higher than the 843 cases reported last Wednesday.

Hyogo Prefecture, meanwhile, reported 600 new cases, its second-highest daily figure ever, Kyoto Prefecture saw 140 infections. The two prefectures, together with Tokyo and Osaka, are under the nation’s third virus state of emergency.

The caseload in Tokyo boosted the seven-day average of new cases to 758.4, compared with 665.3 the week before. People age 65 or over, who are at high risk of developing severe symptoms, accounted for 94 of Wednesday’s cases.

The number of severely ill patients under the metropolitan government’s criteria, meanwhile, fell by two from a day earlier to 53.

On Tuesday, the country reported 4,965 new cases and 63 deaths linked to the virus, including 14 in Osaka Prefecture. Meanwhile, the number of severely ill patients nationwide increased by 18 from Monday to 916, according to the health ministry.

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