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Coronavirus cases in Tokyo soar to 3,803; nationwide tally 23,346

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 3,803 new coronavirus cases, up 1,209 from Tuesday and up 1,474 from last Wednesday.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is five, unchanged from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 50, up four from Tuesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 23,346. Other prefectures reporting high numbers were Osaka (2,222), Okinawa (1,709), Aichi (1,434), Kanagawa (1,263), Fukuoka (1,111), Saitama (1,025), Hyogo (939), Kumamoto (841), Chiba (794), Hokkaido (712), Hiroshima (480), Nagasaki (415), Kyoto (410), Shizuoka (402), Kagoshima (401), Miyazaki (365), Ehime (300), Saga (297), Gifu (287), Shimane (283), Mie (283), Aomori (274), Oita (265), Yamaguchi (228), Miyagi (224), Shiga (211), Okayama (204) and Ibaraki (199).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 17.

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High numbers again; and Japan underreports.

A new wave is coming soon, so this is far from over.

Stay masked, stay in.

Feel free to waltz around your neighborhood with no mask, but instead of eating in izakayas, do take-out. Same food.

Don’t live in fear, so protect yourself, and protect others.

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How is this possible?!!!

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Going up slightly again - completely as expected for a virus moving into endemic phase and in line with what we've seen elsewhere.

Just watching clips from Glastonbury on the TV - tens of thousands of people, all crowded together with no social distancing, most of them probably left-liberal leaning and no doubt among the most enthusiastic advocates of masks at the peak of the pandemic and not a single one of them wearing a mask! Yet here in Japan, the hottest ever June on record with temperatures approaching 40 degrees Celsius and the majority still wearing their masks! Honestly, it is like a mental illness at this point!

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Glad I have 336 masks in my closet. Won’t have to stock up until next May.

I will keep wearing mine.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Go out, enjoy !

Mainstream media wanna keep the fear.

Stay masked, stay in.

Don’t live in fear,

Looks like you contradict yourself. If you stay in, you live in fear.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Numbers continue to go up because people take their masks off at home. We all need to keep the mask on even at home and during sleep to achieve historical victory over COVID.

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17 deaths? Compared to other countries Japan is fine. The government wants to keep the panic alive to win the election.

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@reckless

it’s simple, we took off our masks and started virtually spitting on each other again. We got tired and complacent and stopped social distancing. Instead of working from home when possible Japanese companies force their employees to go back into the office for no reason. We tried to go back to life before the pandemic which is just not possible at the moment. And we have a vaccination hesitancy problem. Like I said simple. Let the down voting begin!

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

I have posted many times and I will posted it again. Covid is not going away. You can not kill a virus! It will be here as long as people keep telling their kids every year there is a Santa Claus!!

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Instead of working from home when possible Japanese companies force their employees to go back into the office for no reason.

Excellent point! My company just proudly announced the number of persons working from the office had risen this past month. On my way home last night, the train at 6 pm from Nakameguro was so packed that I could not even force my way on it.

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Well this is curious.

The population is massively vaccinated, yet cases are rising again.

This wasn't supposed to happen, was it?

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

@reckless Yup, my company is the same way as a matter fact you don’t even have to wear a mask in the office if you’re more than 1.5 m away from the person next to you.

@master The population is not “massively” vaccinated. Only 60% of the Japanese population have received a the third booster. And everybody knows that the vaccine does not protect from getting Covid it just protects from severe illness and possible death.

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Well this is curious.

The population is massively vaccinated, yet cases are rising again.

This wasn't supposed to happen, was it?

Only according to antivaxxers, the experts warned from the very beginning that variants could make transmission easier and make previous immunity (including from infection) less effective.

What is fortunate is that vaccines still fulfill their role and the infection cases no longer become disease cases so often, and the disease no longer frequently complicates nor kill the patients. Exactly as it was supposed to happen and as it happens for most other vaccines, that only let people be infected or have mild disease during outbreaks.

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@virusrex

I completely agree. And you are about the only person on this forum I completely trust.

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This is happening........ because MOST masks are only partly effective in preventing the spread of Omicron, which effects most people like a mild flu (or a cold) Stop wearing masks. Allow the quick spread and it will be OVER. Masks are only slowing the eventual spread. Consider this. ----- also, consider that this drawn-out spread of Covid may eventually result in a new variant, a deadlier variant.

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Stay masked, stay in.

Uh, no. Not when well over 99% of cases are mild, and the number of people with serious cases or in the hospital in the world's 10th most populous country could fit into a school bus.

And certainly not when the number of "corona-related deaths" is at the same level as that of the common flu, if not lower ... and almost always involve elderly people with at least three or four other serious health issues going on.

Besides, why do we have to stay in if we wear masks when we go out? Don't "masks work," as we're constantly told? And if we stay in, why do we have to wear masks?

That's like wearing a football helmet when you're just sitting on your sofa at home instead of going out and playing football.

"Stay masked, stay in" perfectly summarizes how silly the overblown, neurotic, paralyzing, dehumanizing fear of COVID really is.

Get out, live your life, show your face, and live like human beings, for crying out loud. This overdone fear of COVID has literally reached a psychosis stage.

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@ CardinalRed

It is comments like yours that make me not even want to engage in any conversation here. Completely misleading and non-factual. Vaccinations, wearing masks, and social distancing is the best way to stop the spread of this virus those are the facts. The less of the virus floating around the less of the chance of more variance mutating into existence.

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Vaccinations, wearing masks, and social distancing is the best way to stop the spread of this virus those are the facts

We're into the third year of this. What makes you think this will stop?

Virus is here to stay. Unless we cut ties with everyone and never ever be in direct contact with any other human being, it's time to accept we'll all get it at some point.

Time to get out of the fear bubble.

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Allow the quick spread and it will be OVER.

Allow the 'quick spread' and your mum won't be getting a hospital bed when she gets it hard.

This wasn't supposed to happen, was it?

You need to up your praying game.

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@ garthgoyle

I guess I just need to keep repeating myself that’s your opinion not the facts. I do not live in a fear bubble I live in a truth bubble.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

I think we need to cut all ties with each and every human being. Run for the hills and live in a cave. Modern medicine is no more than witch doctor ooga booga. Run, run for the hills I says.

Or go about life and stop the hysterics.

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CardinalRedToday  10:29 pm JST

Consider this. ----- also, consider that this drawn-out spread of Covid may eventually result in a new variant, a deadlier variant.

Do you have a credible source for this? Or evidence?

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there is a 99% that you will live...

4 ( +8 / -4 )

numbers will keep going up and down like the flu. Time for the government to step in and recommend full removal of masks. I heard a child died from heatstroke wearing one…

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Omicron is continuing to evolve into more contagious subvariants.

But more deadly?

No!

If the virus were so deadly then whole populations where vaccines are not available would have been wiped out.

Keep getting the jab if concerned and old but otherwise don’t expect the so called vaccines to stop transmission…

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I do not live in a fear bubble I live in a truth bubble.

That sounds more like faith and religion, rather than fact and logic.

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If the virus were so deadly then whole populations where vaccines are not available would have been wiped out.

Fortunately health care experts do not have to wait until populations are wiped out to do something about it and prevent endless deaths. If the vaccines reduce those deaths even on young healthy people they will keep recommending them because that is something positive to do.

Keep getting the jab if concerned and old but otherwise don’t expect the so called vaccines to stop transmission…

No single measure stops transmission by itself, but doing all and everything possible (isolation, detection, vaccination) etc. can reduce it importantly and make the infections less risky. So there is no need to expect vaccines to be 100% effective at preventing transmission, they are still something very good to do for everybody.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

If the virus were so deadly then whole populations where vaccines are not available would have been wiped out.

This is true. So, obviously the "experts" have varying opinions on this, but regardless, the fact you mentioned has not occurred so it is safe to say this virus is not so deadly.

Keep getting the jab if concerned and old but otherwise don’t expect the so called vaccines to stop transmission…

The only measure that experts agree is effective at preventing transmission is the zero covid policy.

If people do not get infected, then they cannot transmit. Simple, and no argument with this logic (excpet by science-deniers).

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This is true. So, obviously the "experts" have varying opinions on this, but regardless, the fact you mentioned has not occurred so it is safe to say this virus is not so deadly.

Since no virus is "so deadly" this would not have any value as a criteria for vaccination, none of the other diseases that are prevented by vaccination wipe out populations.

The only measure that experts agree is effective at preventing transmission is the zero covid policy.

No international expert recommend the zero covid policy since Delta appeared, much less for Omicron, reduction of the risk from infection is a much more sustainable and recommended policy that have other advantages, like not depending on crushing human rights on the site of outbreaks nor causing more deaths than what it prevents by interrupting access to health services.

If people do not get infected, then they cannot transmit. Simple, and no argument with this logic (excpet by science-deniers)

That simple argument is defeated if the measures have higher costs than benefits, if a country can lower their death rates enough so it is not necessary to hide most of them while at the same time preventing all the other problems the zero covid policy causes then limited transmission stops being a burden to health services.

This is why experts no longer recommend the zero covid policy and instead recommend lowering the risk from the infection.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

What are the "experts" saying today???

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Since no virus is "so deadly" this would not have any value as a criteria for vaccination, none of the other diseases that are prevented by vaccination wipe out populations.

Regardless of whatever criteria, vaccines are irrelevant to whether a disease is deadly or not.

No international expert recommend the zero covid policy since Delta appeared, much less for Omicron, reduction of the risk from infection is a much more sustainable and recommended policy that have other advantages, like not depending on crushing human rights on the site of outbreaks nor causing more deaths than what it prevents by interrupting access to health services.

Wrong.

And the CDC notes over 1.5million breakthrough cases in the US alone.

The CDC also identified those who have not been infected tend to be those who do the best to isolate themselves from others who are infected. Therefore, according to the CDC, not getting infected is the best strategy to not get infected, and to not transmit.

And this is evident in China with its zero covid policy. Of course, some @eople want to deny science; but the CDC is the scientific source, versus an anonymous internet poster with no sources--we know who to believe.

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Regardless of whatever criteria, vaccines are irrelevant to whether a disease is deadly or not.

That makes absolutely no sense. Vaccines prevent disease, complications and death, so a disease stops being deadly when it happens in a vaccinated population.

Wrong

Failing to make any kind of argument or reference that disprove it means it is actually right.

And the CDC notes over 1.5million breakthrough cases in the US alone.

That does nothing to disprove that no international expert recommends the zero covid policy as adequate or even sustainable.

The CDC also identified those who have not been infected tend to be those who do the best to isolate themselves from others who are infected.

That does absolutely nothing to disprove the fact that reducing the risk of infection is a perfectly valid and recommendable option against the zero covid policy, because it do not depend on crushing the local economy, nor human rights, nor causing deaths by interrupting health services.

Therefore, according to the CDC, not getting infected is the best strategy to not get infected, and to not transmit.

No, that is all your own misinterpretation. The "best" strategy is the one that causes less damage and have more benefits. The fact that you were completely unable to find any source where the CDC recommends the zero covid policy proves this is not the case.

Do you know what is what the CDC explicitly calls the best way to reduce transmission? vaccination, which is the opposite of what China is doing

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Getting vaccinated is the BEST way to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

It makes sense in the sense of common sense

No it does not, diseases stop being lethal after vaccination, which completely oppose your own personal opinion about it, can you at least support that with a validated professional opinon? for someone that is so fixated on things being supported by evidence just saying something that clearly opposes what the professonals say seems to be self contradictory.

Learn that one.

Good, maybe next time you will try and argue before trying to skip that very necessary part.

It does. And you provide no source so . . .

No it does not, precisely becasue there is exactly zero sources where any expert recommends the zero covid policy is how it is proved that there are no such recommendations. Even you could not find any and had to misrepresent what the CDC said.

You misunderstood the CDC's conclusion and my comment

Your comment is demonstrated mistaken by the quoted text from the CDC, that explicitly said the BEST way to slow covid is vaccination, not the zero covid policy. Too bad you refuse to accept it but they literally said vaccination is the best method, the institution you said supported your point is saying the opposite.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Shocking numbers …. NOT! Until the anti everything as related to Covid clan joins the vast majority of responsible adults in doing their own individual part, the virus of Covid, the virus of patently false information, and the virus of outright denial is going to be with us . There’s still that stubborn crowd that continues to be selfish because the smart majority has and continues to balance between enjoying life all while taking precautions, getting vaccinated…. I have yet to hear of any dr with a medical degree ever claim that the vaccines would slow or stop the spread….that’s just some lie regurgitated daily by the anti cultist’s. And no …. This isn’t some flu … it’s not a cold … and some of you need to seriously stop devaluing peoples lives as acceptable statistics in the daily death count from COVID…. Karma works in mysterious ways .

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