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The nationwide tally of new COVID-19 patients surged to a fresh record of over 100,000 on Saturday, while the number of people dealing with serious symptoms continued to rise to reach nearly 1,100.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 21,122 new COVID-19 cases, the capital's second highest daily tally and a significant rise from the 17,433 reported the same day last week.

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