Photo/Illutration Shoppers and staff at an Apple store in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district wear masks to protect against the novel coronavirus on Sept. 24 when iPhone 13 models went on sale in Japan. (Tsubasa Setoguchi)

Tokyo reported 235 new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 24, down 547 from a week ago, and 15 deaths among patients, including a man in his 40s and a centenarian.

The tally brought the daily average of new infections in the capital over the week through Sept. 24 to 469.3, or 49.6 percent of the figure for the preceding week.

The average fell below 500 for the first time since June 29, when it was 494.9.

It marked the 33rd consecutive day that the number of new infections in Tokyo fell from the same day a week earlier.

The drop in the latest count was apparently due to fewer tests conducted on Sept. 23, which was a national holiday.

Tokyo's number of serious cases requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine, fell by four from the previous day to 139.

Of the 235 new cases, 62 patients were in their 20s, followed by 39 in their 30s, 36 in their 40s and 30 in their 50s. There were also 26 between the ages of 10 and 19, 16 patients under 10, and 16 who were 65 or older.