The Okinawa prefectural government on Thursday extended its state of emergency over the new coronavirus through Aug. 29 as the virus continues to spread in the southernmost Japanese prefecture.
The prefectural government also raised its coronavirus alert to the highest level.
The state of emergency was previously scheduled to end on Saturday.
“Hospital capacity is strained. Our medical system would collapse if we overlook the situation,” Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki told a press conference.
The governor urged residents not to go out for nonessential purposes, asked residents to shop alone and called on people outside Okinawa to carefully consider their trips to the prefecture.