Photo/Illutration Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki at a news conference in Naha on May 21, two days before a state of emergency for the southernmost prefecture began over the novel coronavirus (Mika Kuniyoshi)

NAHA--Okinawa Prefecture confirmed 271 fresh COVID-19 cases on May 30, a record for a Sunday, bringing its accumulative total to 16,909, health officials said.

The latest daily tally compared with the record 335 new infections set the day before.

According to the prefectural government, new cases totaled 116.94 per 100,000 people over the week through May 30, giving Okinawa the nation's highest rate for second straight day.

The number of patients without access to hospital care topped 1,000 for the first time on May 30 as hospital beds for COVID-19 patients were almost fully occupied.