Photo/Illutration A person wearing a face mask walks on a bridge at sunset in Tokyo on July 16. (AP Photo)

Tokyo reported 727 COVID-19 new cases on July 19, up 225 from a week ago and the 30th consecutive day of a week-on-week increase, metropolitan health officials said.

The latest daily count in the capital dropped under 1,000 for the first time in six days.

The seven-day average of new infections over the week through July 19 was 1,100.4, a rise of 45.4 percent from the previous week.

The number of serious COVID-19 cases requiring ventilators or an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) device, which circulates blood through an artificial lung, increased by two from the previous day to 60.

There was one new death from the disease in the capital.

Of the new infections, patients in their 20s accounted for 204. They were followed by 173 in their 30s, 127 in their 40s and 82 in their 50s and 48 teenagers. Twenty-seven patients were aged 65 or older.