Photo/Illutration The Okinawa prefectural government building (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Okinawa Prefecture marked its second highest number of novel coronavirus infections on May 15 as local authorities confirmed 160 fresh cases.

The record in the southernmost prefecture was set April 17 when 167 cases were confirmed.

Okinawa officials also reported the first death of a COVID-19 patient awaiting entry into a hospital for treatment. The woman in her 70s was resting at her Naha home when she died.

In Osaka, metropolitan government officials reported 785 cases of virus infection the same day, with 42 patients confirmed to have died from COVID-19. The latest fatalities bring the total number of deaths in Osaka Prefecture to 1,943.