Tokyo reported Saturday 337 new coronavirus cases, as the daily tally remains on a downward trend despite the pace of decline slowing.

The Japanese capital remains under a state of emergency over the virus, along with its neighboring prefectures, and the metropolitan government is calling for people to remain vigilant against the coronavirus.

A street filled with closed restaurants and bars is seen in Tokyo's Yurakucho area on Feb. 13, 2021, as such establishments are asked to wrap up business by 8 p.m. under the coronavirus state of emergency. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

"If we become less careful now, (the number of daily infections) could rebound," a metropolitan government official said. "We ask people to refrain from going out unless it's urgent and essential."

The Japanese government on Friday decided to remove Osaka, Kyoto and four other prefectures from the state of emergency at the end of February. But Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama will remain on the list as the infection situation has yet to improve sufficiently and the health care system is strained.

Tokyo's rolling seven-day average of new cases rose to 269.3. The cumulative total of deaths in the capital increased to 1,370, the metropolitan government said.