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Japan's daily infections smash record for 3rd straight day

Over 46,000 fresh cases reported as country grapples with new wave driven by omicron variant

Riyaz ul Khaliq   | 20.01.2022
Japan's daily infections smash record for 3rd straight day

ISTANBUL

Japan’s daily COVID-19 tally topped 46,000 on Thursday to set a new record for the third consecutive day.

Japan is battling a “sixth wave” of infections driven by the highly transmissible omicron variant.

The capital Tokyo also saw a new peak of 8,638 daily coronavirus cases, smashing the previous record of 7,377 registered on Wednesday, Kyodo News reported.

In an effort to rein in spiraling infections, the government will expand its quasi-state of emergency across 13 provinces, including Tokyo, from Friday.

Japan’s overall case tally has now climbed over 2 million, including 18,457 deaths. ​​​​​​​

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