TOKYO, March 1 (Xinhua) -- Tokyo on Monday reported 121 new daily COVID-19 cases, bringing the city's total tally to 111,797 infections.
The latest figure compares to the Tokyo metropolitan government confirming 329 infections the previous day, with Monday's new infections marking the 23rd straight day that new infection numbers have remained below the 500-mark.
The latest figure Monday, however, is still above the metropolitan government's aim to keep the seven day average below 70 percent of the previous week.
The latest seven day average stands at 81.9 percent of the previous week, the metropolitan government said Monday, with the percentage exceeding its guideline for the 12th consecutive day.
Aichi, Gifu, Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Fukuoka saw the status of emergency period lifted at the end of February prior to the initial deadline of March 7, as infections in these regions as well as the strain on medical facilities were deemed to have sufficiently improved.
The prefectures allowed to exit early from the emergency virus period were assessed to have improved from the worst on the government's four-tier scale.
The sub-categories within the tiers cover the weekly number of infections per 100,000 people, as well as the percentage of hospital beds available for COVID-19 patients.
Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures, however, will remain under the emergency period until at least March 7 provided their situations improve.
"We now need to thoroughly reduce people's movements," Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike told a recent press briefing on the matter.
"This must be the top priority," Koike said.
Of the 121 new COVID-19 cases in the capital Monday, the majority were aged in their 40s, followed by patients aged in their 20s. The third-highest age category comprised those in their 50s, followed by those aged in their 30s, the local government and health officials said.
In terms of patients designated as being in a "seriously ill" condition and typically requiring hospitalization and the assistance of ventilators or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines, officials said the latest figure stood at 61, compared to 67 the previous day.