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Japan’s medical system is on the brink amid an explosion in coronavirus infections, with the daily tally of new COVID-19 cases in the country topping 100,000 for the first time on Thursday.

The health ministry also said Friday that the number of severely ill COVID-19 patients in Japan grew by 131 from the previous day to 1,042, topping 1,000 for the first time since September last year. The number was around 50 in early January after temporarily surpassing 2,000 during the fifth infection wave in summer last year.

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