Japan's Daily Coronavirus Infections Exceed 1,100

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Japan's daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 1,100 on Wednesday. It's the highest daily total and the first time the symbolic 1,000 threshold has been crossed.

Officials in the western prefecture of Osaka reported 221 cases on Wednesday. It's the highest ever daily total there, and the first time the figure has surpassed 200.

To try and curb the spread, officials are asking residents and businesses to refrain from holding parties of five people or more for most of next month.

The governor says the number limit was chosen after the central government issued vague guidelines around gathering.

Governor Yoshimura Hirofumi said, "The message wasn't very clear, so we thought we should present a concrete figure."

The central prefecture of Aichi reported more than 160 infections -- the highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

The southern island prefecture of Okinawa registered a record figure for the third day in a row. The number is relatively low at 44, but is more than double Tuesday's daily tally.

Figures do not include cases linked to US military bases in the prefecture.
A hospital worker in Miyakojima became the first person confirmed to be infected on the remote island.

There are concerns whether hospitals in isolated areas will be able to cope if there's an outbreak.

Tokyo continues to be the biggest hot spot with 250 cases on Wednesday. The daily figure has been above 200 every day in the past week except once.

In total, more than 34,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the country.

More than 1,000 people have died.

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