Photo/Illutration People wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk across a major crosswalk through the entertainment district after the government requested closing time for restaurants and bars on Dec. 1 in Tokyo. (AP Photo)

Tokyo confirmed 449 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 4, the third consecutive day the daily count topped 400, according to metropolitan government officials.

The capital reported 500 new novel coronavirus infections on Dec. 2 and 533 cases on Dec. 3.

The number of patients in serious condition requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine, dropped by one from the previous day to 53 on Dec. 4, the Tokyo metropolitan government said.

Of the 449 cases, 107 patients are in their 20s, followed by 91 in their 30s, 80 in their 40s and 50 in their 50s.