Photo/Illutration A cherry blossom viewing tour in Osaka on April 4 (Naoyuki Mori)

OSAKA--Osaka Prefecture reported three deaths from COVID-19 on April 4 as it announced the latest tally for infections had reached 594, the fifth straight day for the daily count to top 500.

The count is up by 271 from the previous Sunday, health officials said.

Prefectural officials said the latest fatalities brought the prefecture’s overall death toll from COVID-19 to 1,194.

The accumulated total of cases of novel coronavirus infection in the prefecture through April 4 stood at 54,756.