Photo/Illutration The famed scramble crossing in Tokyo’s Shibuya district on Nov. 28 just after 10 p.m., when alcohol-serving businesses were asked to close. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Tokyo reported 299 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 7, a Monday when the number of newly confirmed infections is usually relatively low, according to metropolitan government officials.

The last time the daily tally in the capital fell below 300 was on Nov. 24, when 186 new cases were reported.

Mondays generally have lower numbers of new cases because they reflect days when fewer people undergo testing for the novel coronavirus.

The number of serious cases requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine, rose by one from the previous day to 55 on Dec. 7, the Tokyo metropolitan government said.

Of the 299 cases, 74 patients are in their 20s, followed by 57 in their 30s, 43 in their 40s, and 41 in their 50s.