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Japan logs over 1,200 new COVID cases, now nationwide

Osaka and other cities join Tokyo in surge that threatens reopening

A crowded street in Osaka's Minami district: Japan's third-largest city has seen record increases in COVID-19 cases in recent days. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu)

TOKYO -- Japan reported over 1,000 new coronavirus infections in a day for the first time on Wednesday, casting further doubt on the country's ability to curb surging cases and kick-start its economy.

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