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Japan and Vietnam fear new COVID waves as cases jump

Tokyo's daily cases hit another high of 463 on Friday

Tokyo authorities this week announced the shortening of business hours for restaurants and karaoke parlors (Photo by Akira Kodaka).

TOKYO -- Tokyo's daily confirmed COVID-19 cases hit a record high for the second day in a row on Friday, with 463 new infections, as the numbers also surged in the rest of the country as well as in Vietnam and Hong Kong.

Tokyo's daily confirmed cases jumped from 367 on Thursday, which itself marked a record high. Nationwide, 1572 new cases of COVID-19 were reported as of 10 p.m., a fresh daily record for Japan.

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