Photo/Illutration People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk on Nov. 30 in Tokyo. (AP Photo)

Tokyo reported 372 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Dec. 1, setting a record high for a Tuesday, metropolitan health officials said.

The previous record for a Tuesday was 309, which was recorded on Aug. 4.

The number of serious cases on Dec. 1 was 62, down from 70 the previous day, which was the highest since a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic was lifted for the capital in late May.

Unlike other prefectures, the metropolitan government uses its own criteria for designating cases as serious. Patients requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, an ECMO lung bypass machine, are considered serious cases.

Among new cases reported on Dec. 1, people in their 20s led other age groups, with 93 patients. They were followed by 81 patients in their 30s, 58 in their 40s and 38 in their 50s.
The number of patients 65 or older stood at 58.