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Japan coronavirus cases top 10,000, driven by younger patients

Country on verge of surpassing South Korea in infections

People pile into Takeshita Street in Tokyo's fashionable Harajuku district on March 25. Lax social distancing last month contributed to Japan's current spike in COVID-19 cases, a disease expert says.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection in Japan surpassed 10,000 on Saturday, just days after a state of emergency was extended nationwide in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 cases in Asia's second-largest economy doubled in 9 days. Newly reported cases on Saturday totaled more than 400.

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