COVID-19 deaths top 40,000 in Japan

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The omicron variant of the novel coronavirus is seen in an electron micrograph.

The death toll from COVID-19 exceeded 40,000 in Japan on Thursday.

Tokyo logs 14,451 new cases

Tokyo logged 14,451 new cases of novel coronavirus infection on Thursday, marking the 11th consecutive day of week-on-week decline.