Japan sees record 27,000 COVID-19 cases as government mulls curbs – media

People wearing protective masks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, stand in front of a show window of a department store at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, January 18, 2022. 2022 is the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Tiger. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Japan’s new COVID-19 cases jumped to a record on Tuesday, local media reported, as the government considered expanding measures to contain the infectious Omicron coronavirus variant.

The country had more than 27,000 new cases, broadcaster TBS said, exceeding the previous high seen in August shortly after Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics.

The western prefecture of Osaka posted a record 5,396 new cases, while Tokyo had 5,185, the highest since Aug. 21.

Tokyo and 12 other prefectures have requested infection-fighting measures from the central government, Economy Minister Daishiro Yamagiwa told reporters, amid concern that Omicron infections would overwhelm the healthcare system.

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