Photo/Illutration Senior officials of the Metropolitan Police Department patrol the streets of the capital's Shinjuku entertainment district on Dec. 25. (Nobuyuki Takiguchi)

Tokyo is paying the price for people going out as fresh daily cases of COVID-19 hit a record 949 on Dec. 26.

The previous record of 888 was marked Dec. 24.

The latest figure represented the 12th straight day on which records for the day of the week were broken, according to the metropolitan government.

Of the latest cases, 277 patients were in their 20s, 202 in their 30s, 134 in their 50s and 133 in their 40s. There were 113 patients aged 65 or older.

Eighty-one patients were listed as having severe symptoms that require the use of a ventilator or an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) device, which circulates blood through an artificial lung. The figure was unchanged from the previous day.