• staff report, jiji

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The daily number of deaths from COVID-19 in Japan hit 236 on Tuesday, the highest on record, raising concerns over a growing number of severe cases among the elderly.

The number of severe cases is expected to continue to rise for the time being even if the number of new infection cases passes its peak, Shigeru Omi, head of a group of experts who advise the government on COVID-19 response, said Monday.

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