Tokyo confirmed Wednesday an additional 59 coronavirus infections, marking the lowest daily figure in nearly three months, as the government has in recent days eased restrictions on social and business activities.
The number was down from 88 reported on Tuesday and 98 on Monday, and the lowest since June 30 when 54 cases were reported.
The daily counts, which reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions, tend to be lower during weekends and holidays when less testing is conducted. Japan had a four-day weekend through Tuesday.
The nationwide tally was about 220 compared with around 330 on Tuesday, bringing the cumulative total to some 80,700.
Since mid-August, the number of new cases of the novel coronavirus in Tokyo has been trending downward after daily increases of 300 to 400 earlier, including a record 472 on Aug. 1.
The Tokyo metropolitan government has downgraded its coronavirus alert to the second-highest of four levels, meaning "vigilance against a resurgence of the virus is needed."
The capital's cumulative case total stood at around 24,453, including 395 deaths. The figures remain the highest by far among Japan's 47 prefectures.