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Japan's infections hit 3-month high, driven by Okinawa cluster

Prefecture hosting numerous U.S. bases set to seek quasi-emergency measures

Newly reported daily COVID-19 infections in Japan were the most since late September.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Newly reported coronavirus infections in Japan reached 2,638 on Wednesday, the most since late September, as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads, prompting local governments to raise alert levels.

Case numbers, including infections among international arrivals, exceeded 2,000 for the first time since Sept. 26, when the nation was seeing the fifth wave of the pandemic.

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