Photo/Illutration Tokyo's Shinjuku district, where the metropolitan government building is located, which is battling to control COVID-19 cases in the capital. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Tokyo reported 211 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sept. 3, the first time in five days it topped the 200 mark.

The last time the count exceeded that level was on Aug. 29, when the capital reported 247 infections.

Young adults in their 20s and 30s represented half of the new patients in the latest count, at 62 and 45 patients, respectively.

There were 30 each in their 40s and 50s, 12 in their teens, nine in their 70s, seven each in their 60s and 80s and five in their 90s.

The figures suggest the virus is also spreading among the elderly, who are more prone to develop serious COVID-19 symptoms than younger generations, according to Tokyo officials.

Serious cases stood at 27 on Sept. 3, down by two from the day before. The metropolitan government defines serious cases as patients on a ventilator or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine.