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Japanese health officials reported 22,747 new COVID-19 infections Saturday, including 3,581 from Tokyo and more than 2,000 each from Osaka and Kanagawa prefectures.

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In addition, 42 COVID-related fatalities were reported. Japan continues to report an increasing number of serious infections, hitting a record high of 2,060.

Since the start of the pandemic, Japan has reported more than 1.4 million cases and nearly 16,000 deaths.

In just the past month, 503,346 cases have been reported.

Moderna vaccines

Shortly after Japan suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports reports of contaminants in some vials, two men, 30 and 38, died after receiving their second shot.

No foreign matter was found in either of the vials of vaccine used on the two men, and it remains unknown if there is any causal relationship between the vaccination and their deaths.

Moderna and Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., which is in charge of the sale and distribution of the vaccine in Japan, said in a joint statement Saturday that they were working with the health ministry to investigate the two deaths.

“At this time, we do not have any evidence that these deaths are caused by the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine,” the two companies said.