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The government is considering extending its COVID-19 quasi-emergency designation for Tokyo and 12 other prefectures for about three weeks beyond Sunday's expiration, sources familiar with the matter said.

Officials think that an extension of the designation is needed because of a surge in new COVID-19 cases. In Tokyo, 12,211 new cases were confirmed on Monday, the highest for any Monday in the capital.

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