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Hokkaido Confirms Record of Some 700 Coronavirus Cases

Hokkaido Confirms Record of Some 700 Coronavirus Cases

   Tokyo, May 13 (Jiji Press)--A record new cases of novel coronavirus infection totaling around 700 were confirmed in Hokkaido on Thursday, including about 500 cases in the prefectural capital of Sapporo, also a record high.
   The daily count in the northernmost Japan prefecture started to increase rapidly in the beginning of May, topping 500 for the first time on Sunday after exceeding 400 on the previous day.
   On Wednesday, a panel of experts appointed by the health ministry warned that infection is expected to spread further in Hokkaido, while the number of cases is on the decline in the Kansai western Japan region. Hokkaido reported 529 new cases on the day.

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