Photo/Illutration Few visitors are seen walking the streets in the Tsukiji district in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward on Dec. 26, which is usually bustling in the run-up to the New Year's holiday period. (Azusa Kato)

Tokyo logged 708 new cases of COVID-19 on Dec. 27, the most for any Sunday, according to metropolitan officials.

The number of patients in serious condition rose to 82, also the most since the state of emergency over the coronavirus was lifted for the capital in late May.

Serious cases refer to patients requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine, according to the metropolitan government. 

Tokyo set a daily record with 949 new cases on Dec. 26, followed by 888 on Dec. 24 and 884 on Dec. 25.