• Staff report, Jiji

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Japan confirmed 55,882 new coronavirus infection cases Friday, down by some 7,800 from a week before.

The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms fell by 70 from Thursday to 1,252. There were 209 new fatalities, including 35 in Osaka Prefecture, 27 in Aichi Prefecture and 26 each in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture.

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