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Osaka reports more new coronavirus cases than Tokyo; nationwide tally 1,785

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Osaka Prefecture reported 323 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, surpassing Tokyo for the first time this year. It was the third day in a row for the number of cases in Osaka to top 300.

In Tokyo, the metropolitan government reported 313 new cases of the coronavirus, down 117 from Saturday.

The number (177 men and 136 women) is the result of 7,459 tests conducted on March 25. By age group, people in their 20s (88 cases) accounted for the highest number, while 81 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 41, down three from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 341, up 10 from Saturday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 1,785. After Osaka and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Saitama (114), Miyagi (108), Hyogo (93), Chiba (92), Aichi (86), Hokkaido (74), Okinawa (68), Ibaraki (51), Nara (37), Yamagata (34), Nagano (32), Ehime (27) and Fukuoka (23).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 29.

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Surprised nobody has pointed out the obvious - Osaka is testing more than Tokyo despite a smaller population.

OK, it would be more obvious if the article actually included such information.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/f6cf9e4c855c7708886271e97b237d4fa7252bab

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I think the word "reports" is doing a lot of the heavy lifting in this sentence.

Anyone who believes that these numbers are even vaguely connected to the numbers of real infectins is welcome to visit the seminar I'm giving for real estate property on the Rainbow Bridge.

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I remember a talk with an epidemiologist explaining that lockdowns are really just a protracted 'let it rip' approach so the Japanese government has really just delayed the inevitable and not focused protections properly to overcome it the best way possible

It is a shame you could not include a reference for that epidemiologist, it would have been very interesting how he could explain that there is no value on spacing out infections so the health services are not overcome with patients, or why he consider the time obtained for the development and distribution of vaccines and other therapeutic advances useless.

One thing is that the government has not done everything that should be done, another very different is that everything that it has actually done is useless, may it be that you misunderstood him?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I wonder why when Texas and Florida as well as other places aren't having this problem

I remember a talk with an epidemiologist explaining that lockdowns are really just a protracted 'let it rip' approach so the Japanese government has really just delayed the inevitable and not focused protections properly to overcome it the best way possible

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Doing all these tests and trumpeting all the new "cases" of COVID-19 is akin to sitting by the side of the road, pointing at the cars going by and saying "those are traffic fatality cases!"

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Four day tour for us around Shikoku. Fabulous fun trains. Iyo Nad Monogatari was a blast. Most people were very controlled and following rules.

Life is short, so live it with caution,

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Kyoto is the Miami spring break capitol of Asia?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I visited Kyoto for a bit of nightlife as Osaka is still shutting down at 9 pm. Wow..Japans "Go Kyoto" campaign seems really successful. Lots of tourists happily enjoying the cherry blossoms and then drinks in bars till late...Like the good old days! Japan seems ready to declare victory/defeat and just move on.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

vaccine program?

what program?

won't happen.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I have been following the Japan #s for the past year and the banter around it. The one constant you cannot dispute ( as a minimum) is the daily death rate. While sadly the actual number may be higher the reported number can easily be extrapolated given the global death rate is around 1-1.5%. of infections. Test or don’t test that ratio holds true ( as a minimum) Which means no matter the reported cases Japan is running at minimum of around 3000 -4500 actual Covid infections daily to sadly have a daily death rate of 30-40. Given the size of population and compared to the US and Europe this is actually better than might be expected. But absent vaccination don’t be fooled by the highly variable daily reported tests and cases.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

How about accelerating the vaccine program?

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Had a lovely day out in Osaka today. Went shopping with partner and went for a meal after. Very busy at the moment, was more fun when SOE as less packed but great to see everyone enjoying themselves.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

@El Rata

The people telling you how to live your life and complaining about it need to provide proof that they have their door deadbolted and haven't left home for a year.

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20s (88 cases) accounted for the highest number, while 81 cases were aged 60 and over.

Frankly I'm worried about this statistic. I'd expect young people to go out drinking and probably get infected in a crowded bar. But 81 of the new cases were people 60 and over. Where did they get infected?

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@smithinjapan

If those are our last words too, so be it. We do not fear death, it is a natural part of life that will keep occurring regardless the existence of the coronavirus. I'd rather die than live without freedom or in fear.

-5 ( +9 / -14 )

El Rata: "Numbers of infected people do not matter to most people anymore, life must go on."

Famous last words of THOUSANDS, all of whom would trade the few days of pleasure for the lives of dead family back.

6 ( +15 / -9 )

I arrived today in Okinawa with the fam and a group of friends. Glad to see the plane, airport and tourist places packed, all helping the local the local economy. Numbers of infected people do not matter to most people anymore, life must go on.

-13 ( +6 / -19 )

Still not shutting down???

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

As an ‘alarmist’ (but I am more an interpreter of the current available data, news or informations), I wouldn’t say that traveling is synonymous with spreading , because everything else also would be synonymous, like working, commuting, schooling, living at home in small rooms together with other people... But the contrary is right , traveling around a lot is of course synonymous with a self-challenge to get quickly infected the most effective way. But I won’t complain it, I surely can estimate the development, you know, so just massively enjoy traveling or doing what you like most, while you still can.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Osaka doesn’t have the Olympics coming so may be a bit more forthcoming with its information.

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Hmmm... let's see why that might be.... oh yeah, Osaka lifted the SOE before Tokyo did, and people immediately began to celebrate like they themselves had been vaccinated and the whole thing was in the past.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

Just an extra hour and it is being used as validation of new cases to promote the vaccines. So clear to me, but not to the majority of people.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

@Elvis Went travelling with my Priscilla.

Is that Priscilla Presley?

You sound like you were cautious. We were very much so,

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

As long as yoh wear yoh mask, I'll be laughing!!!

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

I’m glad to see people here are starting to have a sense of humor about some of the alarmists. It really is comical the way some people have been duped into fearing their own shadow. Keep calm and carry on.

-4 ( +13 / -17 )

Traveling” is synonymous with “spreading.”

Went travelling with my Priscilla. Travelled the whole journey by private car, stayed in a rented chalet, cooked our own meals, masked up and social distanced when was necessary. Also we kept our hands immaculately clean too. So I would argue the validity of Kanta's generalisation. Uh-huh!!!

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

@Kanta

”Traveling” is synonymous with “spreading.”

I am going to have to disagree with you on that one. Not one crowded train, windows open, staff very good, hotels immaculate. Restaurants super cautious. Sure beats commuting on crowded Tokyo trains. Ask Monty to verify that.

-18 ( +7 / -25 )

 have been travelling for the last 5 days, so have not really kept up with the numbers game much, but numbers seem to be on a seesaw.

”Traveling” is synonymous with “spreading.”

5 ( +17 / -12 )

not even 8000 tests!

4 ( +14 / -10 )

I have been travelling for the last 5 days, so have not really kept up with the numbers game much, but numbers seem to be on a seesaw.

-12 ( +4 / -16 )

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