Japan on Friday reported 39,924 new coronavirus cases, down 5,375 from Thursday. Tokyo reported 2,941 new cases, down 561 from Thursday.
The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 28, down seven from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 440, down 35 from Thursday.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 237.© Japan Today
That's quite fewer than expected.
Yay, it's over!
Obviously false since Japan has a lot more cases in comparison recently
Elvis is here
Japan once boasted one of the lowest Covid mortality rates, but the figure has been trending upwards since the end of 2022.
70% lower than one month ago
IMHO that's the wrong conclusion to draw when looking at the graph.
Japan only recently has had its last and largest wave, almost a year after other countries, and it peaked only half as high as that of other countries. Japan successfully "flattened the curve" to the point where the entire wave was firmly in a time when Omicron -- objectively the "mild" variant -- was prevalent. I cannot see how that is now a bad thing.
It is also objectively wrong to say that "the figure has been trending upwards since end of 2022". For the last half month it has been steadily trending down.
There is no shame in that, at all. And I'm not sure what point the BBC is trying to make here. I can only assume they want to "take Japan down a notch" after it has been doing so well for most of the pandemic. It sounds a bit envious to be honest.
Vaccine fanatic points out that one of the most heavily vaccinated countries in the world has record deaths in 2022.
Heavily vaccinated Canada had double the covid deaths in 2022 than the previous years combined.
It will hit him in 3...2...1....
Numbers are downward trending. Should make it easier for the great unmasking to begin - but I’m not holding my breath. It will be interesting to see how the population can remove three years of intense, fanatical conditioning like this.