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Japan daily COVID cases top 1,000 for first time in 3 months

Tokyo marks 151 infections, as Okinawa considers more restrictions

Visitors in protective face masks offer prayers for the new year at Tokyo's Kanda Myojin shrine.   © Reuters

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's daily count of coronavirus cases exceeded 1,000 on Tuesday for the first time in three months as an uptrend continues amid the spread of the omicron variant in the country.

The nationwide cases stood at 1,268, according to a Kyodo News tally. In Tokyo, the metropolitan government confirmed 151 cases, marking the second consecutive day the count has hit triple digits.

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