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Tokyo's COVID count hits new daily high of 888

Japan battles a third wave of infections ahead of the New Year holiday season

Commuters wearing face masks in Tokyo on Dec. 18. (Photo by Kosuke Imamura)

TOKYO -- Tokyo confirmed 888 new COVID-19 cases in the Japanese capital on Thursday, a new daily high that comes as the country struggles to contain the spread of the virus before the New Year holiday season.

The figure exceeds the previous record of 821 recorded last Thursday, and brings the total number of cases in the city to 54,018. Seventy-three people are in hospital with severe symptoms.

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