Photo/Illutration People offer prayers for the New Year at Tokyo's Kanda Myojin shrine on Jan. 4, the first business day of the year. Kanda Myojin is known as the shrine of commerce and industry. (AP Photo)

Tokyo confirmed 884 new COVID-19 cases on Jan. 4, far exceeding the previous Monday record of 481 reported on Dec. 28.

The capital's number of COVID-19 patients in serious condition rose by seven from the previous day to 108, the highest since the nationwide state of emergency was lifted in late May, metropolitan government officials said.

Tokyo defines serious cases as those requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine.

Of the 884 cases, 241 patients are in their 20s, followed by 181 in their 30s, 147 in their 40s and 124 in their 50s.