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As the coronavirus outbreak soars to new heights in and around Tokyo, a desperate race between the delta variant and the country’s vaccine rollout is forcing the central government and local municipalities to adjust course.

Tokyo reported an unprecedented 3,177 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the capital’s highest ever daily count. The capital’s long-standing record — which was broken on Tuesday with 2,848 cases — was set on Jan. 7, when the city logged 2,520 during the peak of the country’s third wave.

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