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Newly reported COVID-19 cases in Japan exceeded 15,000 for the first time on Thursday as Tokyo logged a record high 5,042 new cases.

Tokyo's neighboring prefectures also posted high case counts on Thursday. Kanagawa reported 1,846 cases, Saitama saw 1,235 and Chiba logged 942, all record highs.

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