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Japan on 'maximum alert' as third wave brings record COVID cases

Prime minister asks people to wear masks when conversing, even during meals

Tokyo reported nearly 500 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday alone, a new record for the capital. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Japan recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time on Wednesday, shattering its daily record as the outbreak accelerates. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga urged caution saying the country is on "maximum alert."

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