Photo/Illutration Tokyo Skytree in the capital's Sumida Ward (Takuya Isayama)

For the first time in eight days, the daily average of new COVID-19 cases in Tokyo over the course of a week was lower than the figure for the previous week.

Metropolitan government officials confirmed 15 fresh COVID-19 cases on Nov. 16, 15 fewer than the same day the previous week.

The daily average of new cases for the week until Nov. 16 was 20.9, which was 90.5 percent of the average of the previous week.

For the fourth consecutive day, there were 10 COVID-19 patients in Tokyo with symptoms serious enough to require the use of a ventilator or other equipment to breathe.