• Staff report, Kyodo, Jiji, REUTERS

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Japan confirmed 23,917 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, shattering its single-day high as 27 of the nation’s 47 prefectures reported record figures amid a continued surge in infections.

Osaka Prefecture reported 2,296 cases, topping 2,000 for the first time and setting a record for the second straight day.

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