The Okinawan prefectural government on Wednesday reported 623 new coronavirus cases, the highest number in the island prefecture since Aug 28 last year, and more than double Tuesday's number.
The prefecture has seen an explosive rise in cases due to the Omicron variant, health officials said. Up until Dec 20, the prefecture was reporting less than 10 new cases a day.
Local media reported that Okinawa Gov Denny Tamaki is preparing to ask the central government in Tokyo to declare a quasi state of emergency for the prefecture ahead of the three-day weekend which includes Coming-of-Age Day on Monday.
Under the measures, which would last until Jan 31, restaurants and bars will be asked not to serve alcohol and close at 8 p.m.
In Tokyo, the number of reported infections was 390, more than double Tuesday's 151, and 314 more than last Wednesday.
The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, one more than Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 60, up six from Tuesday.
Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 2,491. After Okinawa and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (244), Hiroshima (138), Yamaguchi (104), Kanagawa (93), Kyoto (92), Saitama (82), Aichi (73), Chiba (69), Hyogo (59), Shiga (54), Nara (54), Fukuoka (46), Gifu (40) and Hokkaido (34).
One coronavirus-related death was reported nationwide.
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