TOKYO: The number of new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Japan rose by nearly 20,000 from a week before to 106,689 on Wednesday, topping 100,000 for the second consecutive day.
The northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido confirmed a record 11,112 new cases. The central prefecture of Nagano posted 3,821 cases, also a record high.
Across the country, 135 new deaths linked to COVID-19 were reported, and the number of severely ill patients rose by six from Tuesday to 263.
In Tokyo, the daily case count rose by 1,102 from a week before to 10,114, surpassing 10,000 for the second straight day. Six new COVID-19 deaths were confirmed.
The seven-day average of new cases in the Japanese capital rose 24.3 pct from a week earlier to 8,020.9. There were 22 severely ill patients, down by one from Tuesday.