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Can 数々 be either 【かずかず】or 【しばしば】?

The websites j-talk.com and jisho.org both analyze the reading of the following sentence similarly:

パンデミック発生後【はっせいご】、ニューヨーク市内【しない】でもアジア人【じん】に対【たい】するヘイトクライムが数々【かずかず】報告【ほうこく】されてきた

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there have been numerous reports of hate crimes against Asians in New York City. (translation by deepl.com)

https://webronza.asahi.com/national/articles/2021101000005.html?iref=comtop_Opinion_06

However, the following reading is also listed in jisho.org and Jim Breen's wwwjdic:

数々 【しばしば】often; again and again; frequently; repeatedly

However, there is only the 【かずかず】reading here:

https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/word/数数/#jn-40989

Can 数々 be read as 【しばしば】?

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Short answer is yes, you can compare several dictionaries here.

For example, 精選版 日本国語大辞典 has

しば‐しば【屡・屡屡・数・数数】

〔副〕 (副詞「しば(屡)」を重ねたもの) たびたび。しきりに。幾度も。何回となく。

So apparently even 数 alone can be used for しばしば.

I think using 数々 for しばしば is rather rare, most of the time hiragana is used. I have seen 屡/屡々 in older novels, but never 数々.

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