Photo/Illutration Tokyo metropolitan government officials staff a reception desk for the COVID-19 vaccination program at its office in the capital’s Shinjuku Ward on July 1. (Pool)

Tokyo on July 5 confirmed 342 fresh cases of novel coronavirus infections, 25 more than a week ago.

One death was also reported.

The latest daily count of new infections marked the 16th consecutive day of surpassing the previous week's figure for the same day in the capital, metropolitan health officials said. 

The seven-day average of new cases over the week through July 5 was 585.6 cases, an increase of 19.8 percent over the figure for the preceding week. 

The three-day average of tests conducted through July 4 stood at 5,374.3. 

Of the latest cases, patients in their 20s formed the largest group at 101. They were followed by 62 patients in their 40s, 61 in their 30s and 39 in their 50s. Patients aged 65 or older totaled 29. 

The number of serious COVID-19 cases requiring special breathing apparatus stood at 57, up six from the day before.