Photo/Illutration An eatery in Tokyo’s Shinbashi district covers alcoholic drinks on its menu with adhesive tape to show it is not serving alcohol on April 26, a day after the third state of emergency was declared for the capital and three prefectures. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)

Tokyo confirmed 698 new COVID-19 cases on April 30, down 61 from the 759 cases reported a week ago, according to metropolitan government officials.

It marks the first time since March 31 that the capital’s daily count dipped below the previous week’s figure.

The latest tally brought the daily average for the week through April 30 in the capital to 773.4 cases, or 110.9 percent of the preceding week’s figure.

Of the 698 cases, 218 patients are in their 20s, followed by 130 in their 40s and 110 in their 30s. There are 52 patients aged 65 or older.

The number of serious cases in Tokyo requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine, rose by seven from the previous day to 65 on April 30, officials said.