• Staff report, Jiji, Kyodo

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Daily new COVID-19 cases in Japan surged to a new record Wednesday, topping 70,000 as the omicron variant of the virus pushes hospitals and clinics to the breaking point.

Tokyo confirmed 14,086 new cases, setting a new record high as the seven-day average of daily new infections topped 10,000 for the first time. The seven-day average of daily new cases came to 10,633.4, up from 4598.4 a week earlier, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government said.

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