Photo/Illutration The scene at a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo on Jan. 26 (AP Photo)

Fresh cases of COVID-19 in Tokyo hit 17,433 on Jan. 29, the second highest daily tally yet, while Osaka Prefecture broke another record with 10,383.

The figure for Tokyo was down 198 from the record reached the previous day.

The daily average of new cases in the capital for the week ending Jan. 29 came to 13,781.7, an increase of 92.9 percent over the average of the previous week, metropolitan government officials said.

By age group, 3,893 of the latest cases were patients in their 20s, followed by 3,249 in their 30s and 2,755 in their 40s. Officials said 2,151 patients were under 10 years of age while 1,916 were between 10 and 19. Patients aged 65 or older accounted for 1,296 cases.

Twenty-two patients had symptoms serious enough to require the use of a ventilator or other equipment to breathe. The figure was an increase of two from the previous day.