Japan's Cumulative COVID-19 Cases Top 4 M.

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Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)--The cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Japan topped four million on Tuesday, growing by one million in only some two weeks amid the spread of the highly infectious omicron strain of the novel coronavirus.

The cumulative infection number exceeded one million in August last year and reached two million on Jan. 20. The figure topped three million on Feb. 3 and stood at 4,071,316 on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Japan confirmed 84,220 new positive cases. Five prefectures including Tochigi and Aichi logged record-high daily infection figures.

The daily number of new COVID-19 fatalities came to 236 across the country, hitting a new record high. The daily figure, including 42 in Osaka and 28 in Aichi, exceeded 200 for the first time since May 18 last year, when the city of Kobe reported 121 cases all at once that had not previously been announced.

The nationwide number of severely ill COVID-19 patients increased by 10 from the previous day to 1,403.

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