• staff report, Kyodo

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Japan’s new COVID-19 cases topped a record high 186,000 on Thursday, with Tokyo, Osaka and many other prefectures reporting record daily figures as the country grapples with a seventh wave of infections spurred by the highly transmissible BA.5 omicron subvariant.

Tokyo’s new cases hit 31,878, topping 30,000 for the first time.

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