Photo/Illutration A man wearing a face mask snaps a photo of Tokyo Station from a rooftop on July 15. (AP Photo)

Fresh COVID-19 cases in Tokyo topped 1,000 for the third consecutive day July 16, reaching 1,271, or 449 more than a week ago.

It was the 27th straight day for the daily count to rise week on week in the capital.

Metropolitan government officials also reported one death from COVID-19.

The last time the daily infection tally in Tokyo surpassed 1,000 for three days in a row was Jan. 23 during the third wave of novel coronavirus infections.

The seven-day average of new cases over the week through July 16 came to 946.3, an increase of 37.8 percent over the preceding week, health officials said.

The three-day average of tests performed through July 15 totaled 9,194.0, they added.

Of the newly confirmed infections, patients in their 20s formed the largest group, at 431. They were followed by 265 patients in their 30s, 201 in their 40s and 142 in their 50s.

Officials said 109 new patients were aged between 10 and 19 and there were 42 fresh cases of infection among people aged 65 or older.

The number of patients requiring ventilators and other special breathing apparatus stood at 53, down four from the day before.