Japan warns of COVID surge, Tokyo raises alert level

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By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Sakura Murakami TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan warned on Thursday that a new wave of COVID infections appeared to be spreading rapidly and urged people to take special care ahead of an approaching long weekend and school summer vacations. Tokyo’s 16,878 new cases on Wednesday were the highest since February, while the nationwide tally rose above 90,000, in a recent surge of COVID-19 infections to levels unseen since early this year. The Japanese capital marked 16,662 new cases on Thursday. In his first news conference since former premier Shinzo Abe was killed and after the rul…

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