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Japan expands COVID-19 curbs as surges strain hospitals

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By Ami Miyazaki and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan decided on Thursday to expand its COVID-19 emergency curbs to cover more than 70% of the population, as a record surge in cases strained hospitals in the Olympics host city Tokyo and other parts of the country. Japan had avoided the explosive outbreaks seen elsewhere. But infections are rising fast as new cases hit record highs in Tokyo, overshadowing the July 23-Aug. 8 Olympics and fuelling doubts over Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s pandemic response. Suga announced the new steps – which are mostly voluntary, unlike strict lockdowns overs…

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