• Kyodo


The surge in people infected with the coronavirus amid the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant is causing apprehension at outpatient clinics, generally the first stop for individuals to check if they have the virus.

Doctors say they are stretched almost to breaking point and that seeing more patients has become increasingly difficult. Japan reported a record 62,610 new infections on Tuesday, topping 60,000 for the first time.

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