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Japan COVID-19 infections spreading at 'unprecedented speed': PM Suga

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attends a news conference at his office in Tokyo, on July 30, 2021. (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that COVID-19 infections are spreading "at an unprecedented speed."

    Suga told a press conference that the threat of a viral surge is particularly prominent among younger people, underscoring the need to refrain from nonessential outings to curb infections.

    In an effort to turn around the situation, the government will aim to have over 40 percent of the public double-vaccinated by late August, Suga added.

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