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COVID-19 variants could hit Tokyo economy by extra ¥4 tril

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Just speed up the vaccinations already and all these pointless news headlines will go away. Stop wasting our time with pointless articles and help the people for once.

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University of Tokyo economists estimate the Japanese capital could see an additional 4 trillion yen economic hit if highly contagious coronavirus variants spread quickly across the city, but says the impact can be mitigated if infections are slowed.

And how are they slowed ?, by having restaurants close at 8pm while the trains are packed tight

with J-inc foot soldiers or Karaoke and sports events going on with spectators.

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That's big money.

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Trains are wonderful. Nobody talks so the virus go to restaurants and after 8pm hang out in parks and outside convenient stores.

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A relatively speedy spread of mutations in Tokyo could leave the capital dealing with over 1,400 daily infections in May -- up from around 500 seen in early April -- an increase that would make variants a major source of new COVID-19 infections by around July, the estimate shows.

Looks like the people who made the estimate have never looked at the PCR test numbers, and

don't know that or that Tokyo will be hosting an olympic a few months from now and no way on earth

that the number of tests will be allowed to increase nor private clinic positive test number added to the results.

and end up jeopardising the precious olympics that is why of late Osaka is acting as the boggie with the highest positive numbers afterall Osaka hasn't an olympic and doing what a member of One Team does, take one for the team.

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those variants are a drag but they’re sticking around best try get on as best as possible, get that appointment in for the winter jab I never did with flu though it was about eight grand

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Just speed up the vaccinations already and all these pointless news headlines will go away

Except the vaccines work 10-60x less well against the Eeek variants. This is extremely worrying, and the Japanese government needs to worry about this, as that means even vaccinated Olympic athletes are at danger:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variants_of_SARS-CoV-2#E484K

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanmic/article/PIIS2666-5247(21)00068-9/fulltext

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You know what would solve this Problem? Vaccines and Opening up the borders. Crazy, I know!

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Trains are wonderful. Nobody talks so the virus go to restaurants and after 8pm hang out in parks and outside convenient stores.

Yes, and that's why trains are safe, but saying that goes against the common thinking

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I got out of Japan due to business being open and then shut repeatedly-glad I did!

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How much does the superspreader Olympic games cost again?

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Better be alive than dead .

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The Japan variant especially. Japan may have got off lightly so far, but the world wont look on Japan in the same light when the useless dillydallying leads to a new variant immune to the current vaccines.

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Imagine if they had mitigated to begin with? Imagine if they had even a tenth of the vaccinations other countries have already carried out completed. If they want to mitigate, they have to mitigate. Praying it away does nothing, obviously, and anyone who buys the feigned surprise and disbelief is utterly stupid.

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Thus is all the more reason to keep tight controls over opening venues, accelerating vaccinations, providing immediate economic stimulus to counter fiscal impact, and not becoming complacent. Once viral mutations start, any gains are quickly lost, not just locally but globally.

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