• Jiji, Kyodo, staff report

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The daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Japan came to 103,311 on Friday, reaching above 100,000 for the first time since a record high of 104,168 cases was set on Feb. 5., as the country grapples with a seventh wave of infections driven by the highly transmissible BA.5 omicron subvariant.

The nationwide count doubled from a week earlier.

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