Photo/Illutration Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward opens a call center to respond to inquiries from its residents over the vaccination against COVID-19 on March 1. (Hiroyuki Kamisawa)

Fewer fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in Tokyo on March 2 than on Tuesday a week ago, with 232 people testing positive, according to metropolitan government officials, down from 275 on Feb. 23.

The tally brings the daily average for the week in the capital through March 2 to 263.1 new cases, which is 82.7 percent of the previous week’s average.

Tokyo has set a weekly goal of reducing the average to 70 percent of the previous week.

Of the 232 new cases, 50 patients were in their 30s, followed by 49 in their 20s, 31 in their 50s and 25 in their 40s. Forty-eight of the new patients were 65 or older.

The capital's number of serious cases stood at 54, down seven from the previous day.

The metropolitan government defines serious cases as patients requiring ventilators or an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) device, which circulates blood through an artificial lung.