Photo/Illutration The streets with “izakaya” pubs are bustling in Tokyo’s Shinbashi district on Oct. 25 following the resumption of normal operating hours at bars and restaurants in the capital. (Shinnosuke Ito)

Tokyo reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 on Oct. 27, down five from the same day a week ago, and two deaths among patients in their 70s and 80s.

The latest tally brought the daily average of new novel coronavirus infections in the capital over the week through Oct. 27 to 27.9, or 59 percent of the figure for the preceding week.

The number of serious cases in Tokyo requiring ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, also known as an ECMO lung bypass machine, dropped by one from the previous day to 16.