Photo/Illutration An aerial photo shows Tokyo's Shibuya district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Tokyo logged 896 new COVID-19 cases on July 8, 223 more than a week ago, and two new deaths from the disease, metropolitan health officials said.

The latest daily count of new infections marks the 19th day in a row the figure has topped the same day from the previous week.

The seven-day average of new cases through July 8 was 663.7, an increase of 26.9 percent week on week.

The three-day average of tests conducted through July 7 stood at 9,814, officials said.

Of the newly confirmed infections, patients in their 20s make up the largest group, at 259. They are followed by 193 in their 30s, 161 in their 40s and 113 in their 50s. There are 48 patients 65 or older.

The capital's number of serious COVID-19 cases requiring ventilators or an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) device, which circulates blood through an artificial lung, stood at 60, down two from the day before.