Okinawa Prefecture on Saturday reported another record of 1,759 new COVID-19 cases as the spread of the omicron variant of the virus continues in the southernmost prefecture and across the country, with several major centers reporting their largest daily tallies in about four months.

The total in Okinawa bested the record 1,414 cases set a day earlier, while the total number of confirmed infections in the prefecture rose to 55,897 on Saturday. In addition, the U.S. military informed prefectural authorities that 302 new cases had been confirmed among personnel at bases in Okinawa.

Nationwide, the number of new infections was set to top 7,000, Kyodo News reported.