Osaka sets new record with more than 800 new COVID-19 cases

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Osaka prefecture was due to register more than 800 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, breaking its daily record for the second day in a row.

The prefecture on Tuesday reported 719 new infections amid growing concern over a rapidly spreading variant of the deadly virus. Tuesday’s number in Osaka more than doubled the previous day’s figure of 341, which also included 270 infections involving the virulent UK variant of the virus.

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Osaka prefecture broke the record in Tokyo for eight consecutive days from Tuesday, with the capital reporting 399 cases as the country’s health minister warned of an increase in the number of cases in that country.

In a bid to stem the spread of the virus, new measures began to be implemented on Monday in Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures, with restaurants and bars in six major cities set to close at 8 p.m. or risk a fine of up to ¥. 200,000 ($ 1,800) for non-compliance.

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