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Japan's only prefecture with zero COVID cases reports first infections

In this May 1, 2020 photo, temperature checks are carried out at a ticket gate for Tohoku Shinkansen bullet trains in JR Morioka Station in Iwate Prefecture. (Kyodo)
A color-coded map of the total number of recorded new coronavirus infections by prefecture in Japan as of July 24, 2020, is seen with Iwate, highlighted in grey, showing 0 patients. (Mainichi)

Japan's northeastern prefecture of Iwate, the only prefecture in the country to have reported zero coronavirus cases, confirmed its first infections on July 29 as the country saw the daily number of cases top 1,000 for the first time.

    The Iwate Prefectural Government said two people have tested positive for the virus.


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