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Nationwide cases of COVID-19 surpassed 10,000 for the first time Thursday as the central government prepared to expand the country’s ongoing state of emergency to Osaka, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures.

Officials around the country reported high figures on Thursday, including a record-breaking 3,865 in Tokyo as well as 1,164 in Kanagawa, 864 in Saitama and 506 in Chiba.

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