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The number of cases in which ambulance crews struggled to find somewhere to take emergency patients in Japan hit a record high in the week through Sunday, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday.

The weekly figure jumped to 4,151 from the preceding week's 2,883, up for the fifth consecutive week and surpassing the previous record of 3,361 cases set in the second week of August last year, when the country was hit by the fifth wave of COVID-19 infections.

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