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More than 2,000 daily coronavirus cases reported in Japan for 1st time

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Japan reported more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday for the first time since the outbreak of the virus, with Tokyo also confirming a daily record in what experts say could be the third wave of the pandemic in the country.

Prior to Wednesday, record daily coronavirus cases in Japan were reported for three consecutive days through Saturday, with the figure hitting 1,737 on that day. On Wednesday, the figure was 2,195.

Tokyo logged 493 new coronavirus cases, with the metropolitan government planning to raise its virus alert to the highest level amid a resurgence, local government sources said.

The figure exceeds the previous high of 472 logged in Tokyo on Aug 1.

By age group, the most cases were people in their 20s (123), followed by 92 in their 30s and 89 in their 40s. The number is the result of 1,292 tests conducted on Nov 15.

The highest alert out of four levels that infections "are spreading," upgraded from the current warning that infections "are starting to spread," is expected to be announced on Thursday based on an analysis of the situation by a panel of experts, the sources said.

The metropolitan government had lowered the alert on Sept. 10 from the highest to the current level.

The capital has seen more than 35,000 cases of coronavirus infections so far. In the week to Tuesday, the average daily number of new infections stood at 309.9, nearing the level seen in early August, when Tokyo saw a peak of daily cases at 472.

Among those hospitalized, 39 have developed serious symptoms, according to the local government.

Hokkaido, which reported 233 cases, has asked residents of its capital Sapporo to stay home after days of record infections in the region.

Other prefectures which reported high numbers were Osaka (273), Kanagawa (226), Aichi (141), Saitama (126), Hyogo (103), Shizuoka (87), Chiba (66), Okinawa (41) and Ibaraki (39).

Twelve coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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Uh-oh! Buckle up, or then again don't bother, do what you like.

-14 ( +14 / -28 )

Now that the IOC's Bach is on his way home they can start releasing more realistic figures.

34 ( +42 / -8 )

Don't worry the government has measures to handle the pandemic. Mostly young people got infected as probably they don't want to go to school or work. Don't count on second lockdown as it won't come, we need to protect Nikkei225.

Wash you hands and wear masks that will help!

-17 ( +11 / -28 )

as long as my gym remains open.

-24 ( +10 / -34 )

This increase happens because of the cold season...you can see the same thing in Europe now.

And this increase happens because the people are getting less careful with their personal preventions. I am talking here especially to the “Mask-deniers”.

And this increase happens because of the good news about the upcoming vaccine.

People are getting tired of Covid and all the restrictions, and they are getting more and more careless.

But I understand that.

Me too, I am getting tired of this BS Virus, but a little bit more patience is required.

I am really looking forward to the upcoming Vaccine and that the world is going back to normal.

But until then, I will continue with my best personal preventions:

Wearing mask everywhere I am and go, wash my hands regular, use always hand sanitizers and keep social distance where it is possible...

-7 ( +23 / -30 )

Tokyo reports daily record of 493 new coronavirus cases; alert to be raised to highest level

Alert, then what? Go To Travel still ongoing right. people still do their daily live just like nothing happen.

26 ( +30 / -4 )

what happened to the 60,000 tests per day capacity increase that was announced about 3 weeks ago?

38 ( +42 / -4 )

Stock up on masks!

8 ( +16 / -8 )

39 have developed serious symptoms -- down three from Tuesday

Yes, 4 died. I have no idea why that isn't reported. NHK does.

19 ( +25 / -6 )

I strongly assume some posters switched to sarcasm mode when writing their comments. 493 out of less than 2.000 tests conducted. Doesn't sound good at all.

31 ( +36 / -5 )

@Monty: In many EU countries (where they test 50-100x more than Japan by the way) corona figures have been significantly going down for a week now, because the governments are not actively telling people to go travel or go to restaurants on a discount.

You keep downplaying the virus and blame it all on the weather, there seems to be no critical thought about the Japanese government in your mind, just to the weather and some people "getting tired of this BS virus, like yourself". Fairly strange, I must say, but hey, blissful "the government is here to protect me"-ideas you have at least probably make you sleep a little better at night than me.

28 ( +35 / -7 )

Wonder it the Go To Campaign will remain active.

If so its like the government is throwing gasoline into the fire instead of stopping it.

Hope the common citizen starts taking this virus seriously, unlike the government is doing.

22 ( +25 / -3 )

i am fully confident these numbers will reverse back into a down trend soon due to peoples smart attitude and sensible actions regarding social distance here.

-34 ( +4 / -38 )

@Martini

You keep downplaying the virus and blame it all on the weather

Do you read my post???

I mentioned more points than only the weather!

And...if I am downplaying the Virus, I would not do all my personal preventions like I mentioned in my post.

So please read a comment completely and careful before you answer....Thanks!

-21 ( +7 / -28 )

@NipponGlory were you similarly "fully confident" a month ago? What changed?

20 ( +21 / -1 )

Go to Travel!

Stay Home!

Go to Eat!

Stay Home!

Go to Travel!

Stay Home!

Got to love the clear messages we get from the government.

38 ( +40 / -2 )

@NipponGlory

peoples' smart attitude and sensible actions regarding social distance here.

What social distancing? Don't you ever go out into town? Or perhaps you're being sarcastic?

18 ( +20 / -2 )

Whats does 'highest alert out of four levels' actually mean? Are we going to see Rainbow bridge lit up in a nice romantic red color for a night? Is testing going to be ramped up and GoTo Spreadu campaigns be halted? Where are the main clusters from this increase coming from? Travel, restaurants, workplaces, schools, Uguisudani? Reading 'news' in these recent years turns people like me completey cynical. Headline, click, headline repeated a few times, ad revenue. Bye. Cynicalus Maximus !

25 ( +27 / -2 )

Are we going to see Rainbow bridge lit up in a nice romantic red color for a night?

Yes.

Is testing going to be ramped up and GoTo Spreadu campaigns be halted

No.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

I strongly assume some posters switched to sarcasm mode when writing their comments. 493 out of less than 2.000 tests conducted. Doesn't sound good at all.

To be fair you can only get tested in Japan if you have strong symptoms so no wonder the ratio is high. Other countries tend to test a larger asymptomatic population.

9 ( +17 / -8 )

38% positive results of the sampled tests is pretty shocking.

 I am talking here especially to the “Mask-deniers”.

Absolutely not. Compared to the rest of the world Japan has no issues wearing masks. This result is no thanks to the go-to campaign and the failure for mass track & trace testing. Plus allowing Japanese businessmen to travel as they please.

Absolutely no issues with mask hygiene in this country.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

@Fanch

To be fair you can only get tested in Japan if you have strong symptoms so no wonder the ratio is high. Other countries tend to test a larger asymptomatic population.

There is nothing to be fair about; if there is no free testing and people with very mild symptoms might not wanna get or cannot get tested in Japan (because they don't have the right symptoms, because of social pressure or because it is expensive, or a mix of these) - and most people have mild or no symptoms - then you miss our on a lot of important data.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

failure for mass track & trace testing

Track and trace falls apart once the case count goes up. Singapore managed it even with daily case counts over 1000, but most of the infections were extremely localized in foreign worker dorms. That's probably not the case for Tokyo, even if they do try to blame the foreigners.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

The figure exceeds the previous high of 472 logged in Tokyo on Aug 1.

The number is the result of 1,292 tests conducted on Nov 15.

JT, please stop linking results with the number of tests 3 days before. This makes no sense.

Is that an official announcement by the Tokyo Metropolitan office, ie Ms Koike, or your own deduction ? Where are the figures of tests coming from ?

This results in a 36.4% positive rate, never seen before. Impossible.

Tokyo positive rate is around 6% now. Peaking up to 36% in just a day is not realistic at all.

 

On Monday 16th, you published the following

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Monday reported 180 new cases of the coronavirus, down 75 from Sunday. 

The number is the result of 4,146 tests conducted on Nov 13.

This was a 4.4% positive rate.

How do you explain such variation in the positive rate ? such a discrepancy.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

In my above post, should have written

This results in a 38.1% positive rate, never seen before. Impossible.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

didou, the discrepancy is due to the sampling of test cases. The health ministry gets to decide the number.

You are correct that the pattern makes no sense but that is down to the hidden truth.

And the 3 days is the time it takes to collate the results. So today's cases actually refers to the same date as the testing - 15th November.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

How do you explain such variation in the positive rate ? such a discrepancy.

This is how they report it officially. But you are right, undoubtedly the testing numbers are actually from the previous day, otherwise the variation makes no sense, i.e. If they were really from 3 days ago, the lowest numbers would be consistently Wednesday and Thursday, but it's been consistently Sunday and Monday.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

@Didou

It seems strange indeed, but these are the official numbers (see their link in the article) from the local government, it takes 3 days to process in Japan (I guess because of fax systems...) and Sunday there is less testing (15th Nov) as many clinics are cloned, that's why the rate is always higher for Sunday, on average for the week it's around 6%.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Closed**

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

How do you explain such variation in the positive rate ? such a discrepancy.

Sorry for the double post... also note this is a largely a Tokyo thing. Other prefectures, e.g. Hokkaido, don't have this huge variation.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Now that the IOC's Bach is on his way home they can start releasing more realistic figures.

Every single person he came into contact with, their families, work colleagues, taxi drivers, hotel workers and their families, friends must immediately be on 2 week lockdown with testing. Every object he touched must be destroyed.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

@martini that was my point...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

didou

they are manipulating numbers. It's impossible to have over 300 infected from 1000tests and than pretty similar number (plus minus 70 is nothing in population of millions) from from 5000 or 6000test. It's simple impossible. Now I think we got more likely the real number almost 500 from almost 1300 test.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

@ everyone above

Thanks.

I understand well the way to report, but recently, none of the J-press I read do write the number of tests. That is why I am wondering if this is an official figure and announcement today from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, or just JapanToday that adds the number of tests in the article. I believe the latest is true.

Reporting must have a consistency otherwise the lack of trust (already done) can only keep increasing

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Last week SmithinJapan was projecting rates of 600-a-day.......seem he or she could be right.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

none of the J-press I read do write the number of tests. That is why I am wondering if this is an official figure and announcement today from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government,

I assume you're new here.

Number of tests is included now because before posters asked everyday about it.

And you can check the source if the tests are indeed from 3 days before and other pertinent data

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

1300 tests and almost 500 infections, versus other days with 6000 tests and lower numbers of infections.

What gives there? Was there a big focus on certain clusters in the test results released today?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I wish the government would tell us where these cases were detected, whether the infection route can be traced or not. Are they clusters, for example? The high number of people infected who are in their 20s and 30s seem to me to mean nightlife…bars, live houses and cheap restaurants. This age group probably does not watch the news on TV or online, and so may not heed government warnings.

I don’t think the trains are dangerous. They are ventilated and 99% of passengers on my line have worn masks for the last 8 months, and they tend not to talk to each other anyway.

 I desperately don’t want to see the economy shut down like in other countries, but like so many others, all I can do is practice the three Cs.

 Also, I don’t think the Go To Travel campaign is so bad; however, I would limit it to travel within one’s own prefecture.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

What you are seeing is the result of a paternalistic political and medical establishment that is steering the narrative to an image that everything is under control. They know that most people with mild symptoms will be okay based on the situation so they want them to stay at home as opposed to coming to the hospital or testing clinic which may spread the virus further. It seems to have worked so far, but I personally think that the GoTo Campaign blew that strategy up.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

They are manipulating numbers. It's impossible to have over 300 infected from 1000tests and than pretty similar number (plus minus 70 is nothing in population of millions) from from 5000 or 6000test. It's simple impossible.

@Takara - I think that you have a rather different definition of the word "impossible" to the one I have. It clearly is not impossible. Only a positive rate higher than 100% is impossible.

What you are left with is plenty of scope to explain the variability, such as who gets tested and whether they are displaying symptoms at the time of testing.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

You keep downplaying the virus and blame it all on the weather, there seems to be no critical thought about the Japanese government in your mind, just to the weather and some people "getting tired of this BS virus, like yourself".

They’re not used to thinking critically or evaluating their elders.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

whether the infection route can be traced or not.

That number is on the Tokyo government website. Typically around 60% cannot be traced.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

All these whiners here failed at claiming that Japan is hiding the figures back in March, and they are doing it again! Because they failed to analyze how Japan was doing different from the US and Europe, it took a while until people realized that wearing masks and 3Cs were the most effective solutions democratic countries can do. They should be held accountable for that.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

When the "highest alert" is just a term and has absolutely no bearing on how life is carried out, and no laws implemented to try and further stop the spread, and in fact when the government is AS WE SPEAK talking about opening the doors to tourists and restarting tourism, and still pushing the Olympics and the Go To Campaign, it means zero. They may as well have said the virus is over. Seriously, what does the "highest alert" entail that the other levels did not? And what happens when the numbers keep going up? Super-highest alert? They going to start forming panels to talk about it? Wake me up when they actually DO something, because I need a good, long sleep.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

1300 tests with 500 positive results? That’s 45% of tests returned positive. Does this mean that nearly half of Tokyo are carrying the virus?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Now that the IOC's Bach is on his way home they can start releasing more realistic figures.

Pigs will fly.....Tokyo still tests a piddly few thousand a day, whilst 3rd world backwaters test many times more. If almost 500 positive s were a result of 1292 tests conducted on Nov 15" ...you are looking at 40% to 50% rate. Unprecedented.....no wonder LDP doesn't wanna test more. If true figures were revealed , countries like Aus / NZ etc will tell Japan where to stick the Games.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

1300 tests with 500 positive results? That’s 45% of tests returned positive. Does this mean that nearly half of Tokyo are carrying the virus?

No. It means that of the 1,292 tests of people showing the symptoms of COVID-19, nearly 500 were confirmed to be carrying the virus.

I imagine that the 1,292 contains a significant proportion of those in Tokyo that had newly developed symptoms.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

what happened to the 60,000 tests per day capacity increase that was announced about 3 weeks ago?

Just a PR hot air bubble like most of J govt " response announcements" .. waiting for our resident LDP wisdomspeaking poster to tell us how Japan is more successful than everyone else at handling the virus.

Crickets.....

4 ( +6 / -2 )

At least some people are consistent, they still say numbers are manipulated even if it's going up.

Usually it's just manipulated when going down and I told you so when going up.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Numbers are trending in the wrong direction but a little perspective is always good.

493 case in Tokyo vs 598 DEATHS daily in the UK.

I know where I’d rather be living!

3 ( +9 / -6 )

The numbers will continue to rise and with the premise of a long weekend next week, then more people will be on the road as I will be next week...

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Why are there people here contemplating that cases will soar higher because of the three-day long weekend? Guys, can that be worse than people commuting on trains because of work?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Maybe I missed it but I was waiting for questions of whether it's connected with the recent sport event, seems people forgot about it completely

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Tokyo can raise alerts all it wants, but it have no legal authority to do anything.

The national government will do nothing as it is focused on the Olympics, special interest groups, and of course maximizing profits for Dentsu by funneling billions of tax dollars to them.

Either way, the reported cases will cap soon as Tokyo only tests around 5000-6000 a day.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Raise that figure x10 that’s probably more realistic.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Lots of masks off here in balmy Osaka today. Izakayas near my local station look packed this evening.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

But how many people are dying from it?

The numbers may be going up, but deaths aren’t!

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Stop testing!

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Alert, then what? Go To Travel still ongoing right. people still do their daily live just like nothing happen.

To date nearly 40 million have participated in GOTO travel campaigns; of which 155 have tested positive. No urgent reason to suspend it.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

This virus is starting to really get up people's noses. Social isolation is the safest way to avoid infection until we get that jab. Front-line and essential workers are the heroes who every day put their lives on the line to prevent social collapse. In the post-Covid world their courage and effort must be acknowledged and rewarded by society.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Govid campaign is working well i see.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

It must be criminal for the Government to have known (and we all new this was happening, let's not pretend) this was going to happen and yet still encourage

'GO TO...whatever'?

Deliberately subjecting the population to the pandemic when it is common knowledge re-infection can happen chasing the failed 'Swiss Herd model'.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

If in most other countries the covid test is free but in Japan it will set you back at least 35,000 yen.

Isn't it a case that the numbers have been skewed for a while.

So probably the numbers should be even higher.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

I still see the same morons at the station just hanging out without masks.

I still see the same idiots jogging around crowded sidewalks, no masks.

I still see the same jokers wearing masks under their chin, as if that is supposed to accomplish anything.

I still see...............does any one else see a pattern?

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Buchailldana.. The covid test is free for those with symptoms or those who have been in contact with cases.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

I understand well the way to report, but recently, none of the J-press I read do write the number of tests. 

J-media, the experts, givernors have collectively decided not to mention testing as citizens will start to understand the infection rate is not as low as indicated. Most people think Japan is testing as much as the countries they show here with high cases, They are really on a mission to keep the public in the dark. Using of the word testing is like a taboo.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Covid-19 data. From the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/

Number of hospitalized people reported yesterday: 1281.

Number of hospitalized people reported today: 1354.

Day-over-day change: +73 persons

Mild-moderate and Serious symptoms data. They are already included in the total number of people hospitalized. It should also be remembered that data on severe symptoms are already reflected in the Japan Today article. And there is no need to mention them again in the comments.

Patients hospitalized by COVID in Tokyo Prefecture, per 100,000 inhabitants. Yesterday's data: 9,19

Patients hospitalized by COVID in Tokyo Prefecture, per 100,000 inhabitants. Today's data: 9,72

Day-over-day change: +0,53 points.

The total number of people hospitalized by COVID in Tokyo Prefecture is 1354. Going up by 73 more people than yesterday.

The rate of people hospitalized by COVID per 100,000 inhabitants, amounts to 9,72 points. Approaching the 10 point level. That's why the Tokyo authorities are concerned. Because going beyond that level would mean that officially the contagion is starting to get out of control.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Buchailldana.. The covid test is free for those with symptoms or those who have been in contact with cases.

It is much harder to get a free test than just that.

If you go by symptoms alone without being identified as being in contact with a confirmed case, you will need severe symptoms requiring hospitalization to qualify.

”集中治療その他これに準ずるものが必要であり"

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000631552.pdf (page 9)

Moreover, "been in contact with cases" have a very strict definition. For example, if your co-worker who have been working in the office with you comes down a positive case (real story), but your company implemented a mask policy, the government says that you are not a close contact due to the mask wearing, and to get a test you will need to pay out of pocket.

You will need to prove that you have been in close contact without mask for a prolonged period to qualify. So as long as you are wearing a mask, which you should, you no longer qualify for the free tests.

一般に「感染者から1m未満にいる」+「感染者も自分もマスクをしていない」+「15分以上一緒にいる」の3条件を満たしたときと思ってください。

https://www.hmedc.or.jp/department/infectious-diseases/covid_faq/

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Among those hospitalized, 39 have developed serious symptoms, according to the local government.

Watch out people there is 39 people who have serious symptoms.

So how do they classify serious ?

Sneezed twice in 30 minutes or coughed up half a lung , or had a temperature of over 40 or?

Bet they are old folks with underlying issues too.

Load of codswollop isnt it, lockdown the world and just pay us all $2million each to swallow this propaganda !

I am going to carry on as I have for most of this year, wear a mask in public spaces, wash my hands keep my hands away form eyes ears, mouth etc, and not panic or believe in the bull puddings.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Japan's economy is in free fall in 3, 2, 1...

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

@Bjorn Tomention

So how do they classify serious ?

In the case of Tokyo, people who are on a ventilator or an ECMO machine. They have suffered a bit more than just a sneeze.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

excited for my Kyoto trip nextweek....

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

I keep repeating myself, result of Go To Travel is it???

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Whatever, I will continue to enjoy the 'go to' campaigns, maskless of course.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Paul, lots of people Went To Travel?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

“More than 2,000 daily coronavirus cases reported in Japan for 1st time”.

Cases are not the issue. Fatalities are.

There are X amount of harmful viruses out there, yet for some reason the entire world went into a tailspin for this particular one.

abd I don’t want to buy into “conspiracy theory”, but I keep seeing Trudeau and Ardern etc making “rebuild better” speeches.

So, the cases hook has long since lost its bait.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Underlying health conditions?

Please continue. I think there is a point you are trying to make but either can't get the words out or don't know what the words are.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

if your co-worker who have been working in the office with you comes down a positive case (real story), but your company implemented a mask policy, the government says that you are not a close contact due to the mask wearing, and to get a test you will need to pay out of pocket.

Also, if you were in contact on say sunday with someone who tested positive on say wednesday. You are not considered to have been in close contact,

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Cases cases cases,,,, of an infectioni that kills almost noone and that most people dont even know they have.

Enough already.

The government should leave us alone, and the media should stop this hysterical drumbeat.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

It's weird that people only focus on the deaths, and try to disclaim the seriousness of this virus because not everyone dies.

This virus has long-lasting effects on most people who catch it. Can't breathe well for months, thinking can be clouded, energy is low.

I'm more scared of living through this virus with permanent lung scarring than I am of dying from it. It would destroy my lifestyle. As it is now, I've only had to make adjustments to my lifestyle. I'm not living exactly how I'd like, but I'm ok with that because it means after we've dealt with it, I can go back to living how I'd like.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Cases cases cases,,,, of an infectioni that kills almost noone and that most people dont even know they have.

Almost noone [sic]?

Over 1.25mn dead in the last 6 months and only limited to such low numbers because of extreme preventative measures that people have been taking.

I suppose that you are trying to make some debunked "death with COVD" argument, but that's like saying "death with AIDS" because the victims normally die of pneumonia. People are dying years early because they have a pre-existing, but otherwise perfectly manageable health conditions.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

There are X amount of harmful viruses out there, yet for some reason the entire world went into a tailspin for this particular one.

@Christopher Glen - because this is a new virus, it is extremely contagious and kills enough of those that it infects. It has already killed over twice the number that influenza kills every year.

Given the "amount of harmful viruses out there" could you name any that are equally contagious and dangerous? Ebola is actually not - its spread have been very limited. Malaria kills about 400,000 a year and is quite hard to stamp out.

Unchecked, we would easily have reached double the number of deaths that we have already by this stage and the only reason we are not pushing ten million is because of the improved medicine that we have available.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

To be fair you can only get tested in Japan if you have strong symptoms

Not true, my husband had only light symptoms and got tested (he was positive) and I have no symptoms at all and was allowed to test. All the other people I saw at the test station yesterday who got tested looked very genki to me.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Immediate Lock down need ed.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

J-media, the experts, givernors have collectively decided not to mention testing as citizens will start to understand the infection rate is not as low as indicated. Most people think Japan is testing as much as the countries they show here with high cases, They are really on a mission to keep the public in the dark. Using of the word testing is like a taboo.

Is that your own belief ?

J-media have reported so often the number of tests is low and compared it too many countries. I am not sure if you really follow the J-News.

All Japanese persons around me, all of them well educated, do know well the number of tests is low.

But if it is low, it is also due in part to the fact the virus has not spread so much like Europe, the Middle East or the American continent

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I have several clients who work in the Medical field in Osaka.

They have ALL told me that hospitals here are quietly gearing up for a big rise in the number of infections.

Given the paucity of testing in Japan and the fact that a significant number of infected people will be asymptomatic, the real number of infections is almost certainly larger by an very big factor.

The Government seems to think that if they just ignore the virus, it will go away on its own.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

OK, I see. Instead of one strict virus killing lockdown you all prefer decades or centuries of very limited lifestyle and legions of dead family members, friends, colleagues, acquaintances. What a big pity. But the real question is, why I always and here again have to suffer because of your total ignorance and limitless stupidity. Put your answer into your useless PCR machines as I don’t need them. lol

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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