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Osaka Prefecture decided Wednesday to raise its coronavirus alert to the highest of three levels starting Thursday, after its daily infection count hit a record 25,762 Tuesday amid a fresh wave of COVID-19.

The prefectural government will call on elderly people, who are more likely to develop severe symptoms if infected, to refrain from nonessential outings, and on their family members who live with them to avoid actions that could raise the risks of infection until Aug. 27.

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