• staff report, Jiji, Kyodo

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Tokyo has confirmed 5,534 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, topping the 5,000 mark for the second straight day, while Osaka reported a record 2,443 cases as infections continue to rise across the nation due to the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant.

The seven-day average of new cases in Tokyo rose 20.1% from the week before to 4,774. The number of severely ill patients in the capital fell by one to 274.

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