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Japan's severe COVID cases climb to new high at over 1,100

Tokyo debates asking central government to extend emergency declaration for city

Osaka's hospital beds for severe coronavirus patients remain filled beyond capacity.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese health officials reported an all-time high of 1,114 severe coronavirus cases nationwide on Wednesday, with the daily count mounting since April.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, meanwhile, is considering whether to ask the central government to extend the emergency declaration issued for the city. The declaration is set to expire Tuesday.

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