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Japan’s daily total of COVID-19 cases surpassed 12,000 on Saturday, a record figure for the fourth straight day, triggering concerns about an explosive surge in infections while the Olympics are held in the capital.

Tokyo confirmed 4,058 new cases, topping the 4,000 threshold for the first time a day after the government announced it would extend a state of emergency in the capital and Okinawa Prefecture and add four more prefectures.

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