Nine prefectures reported record-high numbers of new cases on Wednesday, 29 July, as the number of new daily cases nationwide exceeded 1,000 for the first time. Neither prefectural governments nor the national government wants to suspend business and social activities again; the national government is exploring new ways of encouraging social distancing and economic activity. The rising case numbers have led to renewed criticism of the government’s containment regime, including problems with the testing and contact tracing programs. Japan reported more than 1,000 new Covid-19
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