Photo/Illutration A man and a woman wait for a traffic signal to change at an intersection in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on Sept. 23. (AP Photo)

For the fourth straight day, Osaka recorded more COVID-19 cases than more heavily populated Tokyo.

Osaka prefectural government officials confirmed 425 fresh cases on Sept. 25, while their Tokyo counterparts said there were 382 cases in the capital.

Osaka also reported that 169 COVID-19 patients had symptoms serious enough to require the use of special breathing equipment as well as four deaths from the illness.

Tokyo confirmed 131 patients with serious symptoms, a decrease of eight from the previous day, along with eight fatalities.

The number of cases in Tokyo dropped by 480 over the previous Saturday. Sept. 25 marked the 34th straight day for the daily tally to remain under that of the same day of the previous week.

The daily average of new cases for the week ending Sept. 25 came to 400.7, or 45.2 percent of the average of the previous week.

Of the latest cases in the capital, 94 patients were in their 20s, 68 in their 30s, 55 in their 40s and 48 in their 50s. Thirty-three patients were under the age of 10 and 31 between 10 and 19. Authorities said 41 patients were aged 65 or older.