THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
May 29, 2021 at 18:55 JST
Many establishments near the Kokusai-dori area of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture remain shuttered. (Maho Fukui)
Okinawa Prefecture confirmed a record 335 cases of COVID-19 on May 29, the second straight day for a new daily high.
For the one-week period through May 28, prefectural officials said there were 102.55 cases per 100,000 Okinawa residents, the highest figure of any prefecture in Japan ever and the first time the number has exceeded 100.
In Tokyo, metropolitan government officials confirmed 539 fresh COVID-19 cases on May 29, a decline of 63 from the previous Saturday.
The daily average of new cases for the week through May 29 came to 571, or 87.8 percent of the average for the preceding week.
Health officials were troubled by an increase by eight over the previous day in the number of patients with serious symptoms requiring the use of ventilators and other equipment. The number of patients with serious symptoms in the capital totaled 78.
Of the latest cases of infection, 160 patients were in their 20s, 115 in their 30s, 79 in their 40s and 59 in their 50s. There were also 44 patients aged 65 and older.
In Osaka in western Japan, prefectural government officials reported 216 fresh cases on May 29, the second straight day for the figure to remain below 300.
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