Photo/Illutration An entertainment district in Tokyo's Minato Ward shows signs of increased business activity on July 11 when more than 200 new COVID-19 infections were reported for the third straight day in the capital. (Yusuke Nagano)

Tokyo continued to see a troubling spike of new COVID-19 infections on July 12 as it marked the fourth consecutive day with more than 200 cases reported. 

Sources said there were 206 new cases in the capital, the same number as the previous day as well as on April 17 when Tokyo was under a state of emergency related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

New infection cases have been surging since the start of the month. There were six straight days from July 2 with more than 100 confirmed infections.

While the figure dipped to 75 on July 8, the daily tally increased sharply to 224 on July 9 and a record 243 the following day.