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Prefectural officials increasingly believe that the country is about to enter a seventh wave of COVID-19 infections as cases are surging in some regional areas.

The number of new infections hit a record high in the week through Tuesday in the prefectures of Iwate, Akita, Fukushima, Niigata, Nagano, Ehime, Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima, according to the health ministry.

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