• staff report, Jiji, Reuters, Kyodo

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Japan logged 10,699 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, topping 10,000 for the first time a day after the the country logged 9,576.

Tokyo supplied a large share of that total, with the capital confirming 3,865 new cases, setting a record for the third straight day, with a surge in infections putting pressure on the government of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to take stronger countermeasures.

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