Photo/Illutration Chiyoda Ward Mayor Takaaki Higuchi, right, speaks at a ceremony on March 1 marking the opening of a phone consultation center for the ward’s COVID-19 vaccination program. (Hiroyuki Kamisawa)

Tokyo confirmed 316 new COVID-19 cases on March 3, up more than 100 from a week ago, when 213 cases were reported, according to metropolitan government officials.

The latest tally brought the daily average for the week in the capital through March 3 to 277.9, or 94.3 percent of the figure for the preceding week.

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

The number of serious cases in Tokyo requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine, dropped by two from the previous day to 52 on March 3, the officials said.

Of the 316 cases, 65 patients were in their 20s, followed by 50 in their 30s and 40 in their 40s. There were 91 patients aged 65 or older.