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Tokyo reports record 949 daily coronavirus cases

Infections continue to rise as Suga calls on Japanese to spend holidays 'quietly'

Commuters wearing masks crowd a street in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on Dec. 25.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo reported a record 949 daily coronavirus cases Saturday as concern grew following the confirmation the previous day that a potentially more transmissible variant of the virus is present in Japan.

The Japanese capital's seven-day rolling average of new infections reached 711.4, according to a tally based on official data, indicating that cases are continuing to rise as the year-end and New Year holidays commence across the country.

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