Photo/Illutration Increases in foot traffic are seen at the Sensoji temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa district on Jan. 22. (Noriyasu Nukui)

Tokyo confirmed 8,503 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 24 with the number of patients aged between 10 and 19 and those under 10 each exceeding 1,000.

The figure for neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture jumped from the 3,794 cases reported on Jan. 23 to a record 5,276. The prefecture's latest tally was 2.8 times the figure from Monday last week, when 1,858 cases were logged, and marked the first time the daily count topped 5,000.

Saitama Prefecture also reported a record 3,181 new cases on Jan. 24. It was the first time for the prefectures daily count to top the 3,000 mark.

Tokyo’s latest tally was up roughly 2.3-fold from the 3,719 cases reported a week ago and brought the daily average of new infections in the capital over the week through Jan. 24 to 8,585.3, or about 2.6 times the figure for the preceding week, when it was 3,255.3.

Osaka Prefecture confirmed 4,803 new cases, up 2,254 from a week ago and a record high for a Monday.