• Staff report, Jiji, Kyodo

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Japan confirmed 87,723 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a decrease of 10,636 from a week before as a downward trend for the sixth wave of infections continued.

New COVID-19 fatalities totaled 211, topping 200 for the fourth straight day, while the number of severely ill coronavirus patients rose by 13 from Thursday to reach 1,482.

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