Photo/Illutration Hankyu Umeda Station and JR Osaka Station in Osaka in 2019 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

OSAKA--Osaka Prefecture on April 23 confirmed 1,162 new COVID-19 cases, the fourth straight day over 1,000, and 15 deaths from the disease.

The latest figures brought the prefecture’s cumulative number of COVID-19 cases to 73,478 and its death toll to 1,324.

Neighboring Hyogo Prefecture reported a record-breaking 567 new novel coronavirus infections on April 23, topping 500 for the third straight day.