Photo/Illutration Travelers with suitcases head to JR Tokyo Station on Sept. 19, the first day of the four-day holiday across the nation. (Kazuyuki Ito)

Tokyo logged 98 new novel coronavirus infections on Sept. 21, the first time in seven days the count has dropped below 100, according to metropolitan government health officials.

The last time the number of new cases was in the double digits was on Sept. 14, when 80 new COVID-19 patients were reported.

Of the latest count, 29 patients were in their 20s and 17 were in their 30s, accounting for nearly half of the total.

Twelve patients were in their 40s, 13 in their 50s and 24 in their 60s or older.

Those in serious condition numbered 27, matching the figure on Sept. 20.

Serious cases refer to patients on ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a lung bypass machine, according to the metropolitan government.