• Staff report, Jiji, Kyodo

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New COVID-19 cases in Japan on Wednesday surged to more than 40,000 — shattering the record it set a day earlier by about 10,000 — local media reported, as the omicron variant of the virus prompted the government to put more prefectures under a quasi-state of emergency.

Tokyo's daily caseload hit a new record 7,377, up more than threefold from a week before, a day after the tally exceeded 5,000 for the first time since Aug. 21.

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