Photo/Illutration Pedestrians at a crossing in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district on July 7 (AP Photo)

Tokyo confirmed 822 fresh cases of COVID-19 on July 9, up 162 from a week ago, and two new fatalities.

The latest infections marked the 20th consecutive day for the daily count in the capital to exceed that of the previous week, according to metropolitan government officials.

They brought the daily average of new infection cases in Tokyo over the week through July 9 to 686.7, or 127.9 percent of the figure for the preceding week.

The average number of diagnostic tests conducted in the capital over the three days through July 8 stood at 8,950.

Of the 822 latest cases, 270 patients were in their 20s, followed by 157 in their 30s, 147 in their 40s and 112 in their 50s. Twenty-six patients were aged 65 or older.

The number of serious cases in Tokyo requiring special breathing equipment rose by two from the previous day to 62 on July 9.