Photo/Illutration A Self-Defense Force member receives a COVID-19 vaccination at the large-scale center run by the Defense Ministry in Tokyo's Otemachi district. (Provided by the Defense Ministry)

Tokyo on June 16 reported more than 500 new COVID-19 cases for the first time in almost two weeks, metropolitan government officials said.

The tally for the day was 501, up 61 from the previous Wednesdayddddf.

The last time Tokyo had more than 500 cases in a day was June 3.

Twelve Tokyo residents also died from COVID-19, metropolitan government officials said.

The daily average of new cases for the week ending June 16 was 384.6, which was 95.8 percent of the level of the previous week. Since June 13, the average has been 90 percent or more of the previous week, and the week-on-week decline in new cases has become smaller.

The three-day average until June 15 of individuals taking government-administered tests for COVID-19 was 6,355.7.

Of the latest cases, 152 patients were in their 20s, 95 in their 40s, 88 in their 30s and 68 in their 50s. Another 33 were 65 or older.

Metropolitan government officials said there were 45 COVID-19 patients with serious symptoms requiring ventilators or other equipment to breathe. The figure was unchanged from the previous day.