• Kyodo, staff report

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The cumulative COVID-19 death toll in Japan topped 20,000 on Friday, with the figure growing in recent weeks amid the sixth wave of infections, driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant, a Kyodo News tally showed.

Japan has seen multiple days of over 100 deaths this year, mostly among the elderly population, with the fast-spreading variant straining the country’s medical system. Over 150 deaths were reported Friday.

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