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Japanese officials saw 200,975 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, surpassing 200,000 cases/day for the first time, according to Japan media.

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The number of new infections per day was about 1.8 times that of the previous Saturday and the fourth straight day of a record count during the seventh wave.

Tokyo recorded more than 30,000 cases for the third consecutive day.

Record daily cases were reported in 17 prefectures during the latest surge driven by the highly transmissible Omicron subvariant known as BA.5–like Hokkaido, Osaka, and Okinawa.

More than 200 cases were considered serious and 72 deaths were recorded.