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Japan is considering extending a COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency in Tokyo and 12 prefectures by two weeks from the original end date of Feb. 13, sources close to the matter said Thursday, as the country continues to see record-breaking infection numbers.

Despite having placed 34 of Japan’s 47 prefectures under quasi-state of emergency measures to curb infections, the country’s daily tally further rose to 104,470 on Thursday, topping 100,000 for the first time and pushing up the cumulative total to 3 million cases.

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