• Staff report, Jiji

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The cumulative number of new COVID-19 cases nationwide topped 1.5 million on Wednesday, in the latest sign of just how quickly the virus is spreading under the latest wave of infections.

While it took about 15 months for the cumulative number of cases to reach 500,000 after the first case in Japan was confirmed in January last year, it took just 26 days for the number to rise from 1 million in early August to 1.5 million, indicating the accelerated pace of spread last month.

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