• staff report, Kyodo

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Tokyo's new COVID-19 cases hit a record high of 40,406 on Thursday, surpassing 40,000 for the first time, with health experts urging "maximum vigilance" as the country continues to struggle with its seventh wave of infections.

Japan reported 233,100 daily coronavirus cases the same day, hitting a new record for the second consecutive day, raising concern about the strain on the medical system as the number of available designated hospital beds continues to decline.

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