Case tally tops 70,000 nationwide

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Tokyo metropolitan government building

The daily national total of new novel coronavirus infections hit a record high on Wednesday, with the day’s figure exceeding 70,000, according to data being compiled by The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Among prefectures that saw their own record highs on Wednesday, the Tokyo metropolitan government reported 14,086 new cases, rewriting its previous high of 12,813 new cases, set on Tuesday.

Osaka Prefecture confirmed 9,813 cases on Wednesday, up from 8,612 on Tuesday and a record high for the second day in a row.

Aichi Prefecture also saw a record-high tally for a second consecutive day, at 4,663 new cases, while Fukuoka Prefecture reported 3,615 new cases, the highest ever for the prefecture.