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Japan reports 245,542 new coronavirus cases

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Japan on Friday reported 245,542 coronavirus cases, up 18,638 from Thursday. Tokyo reported 20,720 new cases, down 15 from Thursday.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 53, up four from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 659, up nine from Thursday.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 456.

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Huge numbers in Japan.

I hope other countries are paying attention, and require Japanese travelers to provide proof of vaccination and negative Covid tests before entering.

-7 ( +20 / -27 )

Why are Japan's covid infection numbers so much higher than that of a much bigger country, the United States . . . ? See, https://www.bing.com/search?q=US+covid+graph&form=ANNTH1&refig=2588dd19e69e4f4b86e6eb25982f66ad

10 ( +15 / -5 )

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was *456.

*Article fails to mention that this is the highest number of deaths related to corona virus ever in one day in Japan.

21 ( +24 / -3 )

But, what about all the masks and the filthy hanging plastic and magic plastic partitions....?

12 ( +25 / -13 )

I hope other countries are paying attention, and require Japanese travelers to provide proof of vaccination and negative Covid tests before entering.

Why would other countries require Japan to do that? As we know the virus is less deadly, Japan is highly vaccinated and it is reporting it's numbers transparently and regularly.

Other countries who screwed the pooch long ago get that special treatment. Well done China for getting that special treatment.

-5 ( +10 / -15 )

High numbers, why ? Other countries don’t test as much, I just got back from Aust and nobody tests unless they’re elderly or work in medical. People are paranoid here maybe? More chance of being killed by a falling refridgerator.

-6 ( +10 / -16 )

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 456.

No-one lifts an eyebrow. And no-one will when this figure tops 1000 later this month.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

Why are Japan's covid infection numbers so much higher than that of a much bigger country, the United States . . . ? 

Covid is airborne and Japan has packed trains, small offices, packed mansions, few HEPA.

And lots of noses out those unsealed, weak masks.

USA has more open space, and very important, higher ceilings.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

@Jtsnose

Because Japan still offers a lot of free testing and will therefore catch a lot of mild cases. Countries without free testing tend to only catch the severe cases.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

I hope other countries are paying attention, and require Japanese travelers to provide proof of vaccination and negative Covid tests before entering

It is coming. If it doesn't then that proves it is all politically motivated. Also notice there are calls for a new "world order" by the Japanese government, more to be spent on bolsterinf the military power.....

0 ( +4 / -4 )

This really is never going to end is it?

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

My wife, son and I caught it the day after Christmas, fortunately all three of us had been vaccinated 4 times, and the symptoms were bearable.

The vaccinations worked as they were supposed to, if you catch it, it helps to greatly lessen the symptoms, and I can not imagine how bad it would have been, had we not been vaccinated.

2 ( +19 / -17 )

Good to hear you're doing well @Yubaru

11 ( +12 / -1 )

Would this be the XBB.1.5 variant at work? Or are we now in a situation where multiple immune evading variants are sloshing around, with an infection from each offering no protection from an infection from others. I had Covid for the 2nd time last week. At least I can say it wasn't as bad as the first time.

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The number is so high coz the Japanese government bought a certain amount of tests kits they have to use all up. It is literally the only country (with Korea) that is still counting the numbers. Total pointlessness. And the people who died would have died anyway, with all my respect.

Japan will continue to torment its population so that everybody constantly lives in a state of paranoia... it’s just so irrational and tiring.

Move on. Drop the mask bs. Like the rest of the world. It’s just a kaze by now.

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

Huge numbers in Japan. 

I hope other countries are paying attention, and require Japanese travelers to provide proof of vaccination and negative Covid tests before entering.

seeing how well it worked before the 1st, 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th and this wave, why not!

It is a pandemic of the vaccinated.

If anything, vaccinated should have travel restrictions.

-12 ( +9 / -21 )

@tamanegi... thank you! :)

5 ( +6 / -1 )

A bit of a jump from the 70,000 reported over new year. I guess people were too busy getting drunk than to get tested.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

456 deaths?what happened to vaccines?boosters?

-6 ( +7 / -13 )

456 deaths?what happened to vaccines?boosters?

don't you understand?

That means they're working!

...or something....

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

@Yubaru A recent study of 51,011 employees of the Cleveland Clinic found that more doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines positively correlated with increased incident of COVID infection. Perhaps this helps explains Japan’s swelling numbers. Please see: www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2022.12.17.22283625v1

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

We were first told that the vacine protected from transmission . It proved not correct. Then that it protected against serious forms. Does not seem to be the case as unfortunately they are more deaths in Japan than in 2020 before the invention of the vaccine. Of course some will say that there would be even more deathss if the vaccine did not exist.

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

Of course some will say that there would be even more deathss if the vaccine did not exist.

It’s reasonable to conclude this based on the fact that vaccines reduce the chance of developing serious symptoms.

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