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

NAHA--Okinawa Prefecture marked a record number of new COVID-19 cases on May 18, breaking the previous daily high set a month ago.

The prefectural government here said 168 people newly tested positive for the novel coronavirus on the day. The previous record for the southernmost prefecture was 166, recorded on April 17.

Officials also said four people, all in their 70s or 80s, died from the disease on May 18.

The latest numbers bring the total number of cases in the prefecture to 14,093 and the total number of deaths to 146.

The U.S. military stationed in the prefecture told prefectural officials that a person who belongs to Marine Corps Camp Hansen newly tested positive for the virus.

According to the prefectural government, a total of 1,343 people related to the U.S. military based in Okinawa have tested positive for COVID-19.