Tokyo confirmed 26 daily coronavirus cases Friday, the fewest since June 2020, as the downward trend in infections continues across Japan.

The figure released by the Tokyo metropolitan government was the lowest since June 17 last year, when the capital reported 16 new infections.

The seven-day rolling average of new daily cases in Tokyo stood at 39.1, down 40.4 percent from the previous week, according to the metropolitan government.

The pace of new infections has been slowing since hitting a record 5,773 cases on Aug. 13, days after the closing of the Olympics, as the rollout of vaccinations progresses nationwide.

Reflecting the slowing trend, Tokyo along with Osaka decided Thursday to lift coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and bars from next week, the first removal of measures in 11 months.