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Japan reported 319 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Tuesday — the highest on record — as spread of the omicron variant drives up severe cases and deaths among the elderly even as new cases trend downward.

In Tokyo, new cases dropped by about 4,000 from a week earlier to 11,443 on Tuesday, but the number of deaths remained high, with 25 new fatalities linked to the virus reported. The figure came just a day after Tokyo reported a record 30 deaths — the highest this year.

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