Japan set to expand COVID-19 curbs as surges strain hospitals

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By Ami Miyazaki and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan was set on Thursday to expand emergency restrictions to eight more prefectures to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases, as worries deepen about strains on the nation’s medical system in Olympics host Tokyo and around the country. Coronavirus infections are surging faster than ever before as new cases hit record highs in Tokyo, overshadowing the July 23-Aug. 8 Olympics and fueling doubts over Prime Minister Yasuhide Suga’s handling of the pandemic. Tokyo reported a record 4,166 new cases on Wednesday while nationwide new cases topped 14,000. “New…

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