Photo/Illutration The Tokyo metropolitan government office in the capital's Shinjuku district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Tokyo health authorities confirmed 759 fresh COVID-19 cases on April 17, up 30 from two days earlier.

The figure on April 15 was the first time in about two and a half months for daily cases to exceed 700.

Metropolitan government officials said the daily average of new cases for the week ending April 17 was 569, an increase of 24.1 percent over the previous week.

Of the latest cases, 239 patients were in their 20s, 156 in their 30s and 112 in their 40s. Close to 70 percent of all cases fell in those three age brackets.

There were also 73 patients aged 65 or older.