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No worries, we've got Abe's masks to protect us! He's squandering all the time that the other countries have bought Japan.

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Maybe when it his 1,000 per day the dinosaurs running this country might actually do something?

Closing shops on weekends only is just delaying things when they are up and running again on Monday.

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Tokyo is likely to confirm more than 130 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, marking the highest rate of increase on record, metropolitan government officials said.

That would mean it is the highest increase, not "rate" of increase.

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I hope the explosion of cases can just hold off til the end of the month so we’ll all have our two masks per house to protect us.

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Tokyo to confirm over 130 new coronavirus infections Sunday

Sounds like a fixed game plan to slowly massage the numbers up. I hope they stay low.

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I find it amazing that the rise is nearly linear ... Against all known statistics.

Also note a change in the value of the slope on the 25th March, I really wonder why ? (I am sure you know on your side)

Check yourself on official figures on wikipedia : https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pandemic_in_Japan

History will tell truth and 2021 Olympic games will remember.

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Moving quickly and being decisive are two of the most important elements to managing this, yet they are not generally notable character traits of either the Japanese Government, or the people themselves, so it could get much worse before they are forced to act, which may well be too late.

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This is good. Reality. Ride on trains folks. Nothing to fear except fear itself.

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There has to be smartly, a legion of volunteers to guide the world’s most densely populated Cities, Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Nagoya etc  

To assist, and if necessary, politely but firmly, guide the populous to safety.   

There is one overriding aspect of cultural Japan, this pandemic cannot infect, the solidarity of community, and is the means this nation needs to grasp, to overcome the struggle ahead.

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If the virus was "parabolic", we'd be seeing a lot more than 130 infections after 3 months.

Not to be grim, but where are the mass fatalities, still less than 100 after 3 full months.

We are way way below flu numbers, both in terms of infections and fatalities, and a typical flu season is 3 months.

Statistically, in Japan, you're more likely to die from influenza than coronavirus. That is a mathematical fact.

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Readers, there will be no further comparisons with the flu, thank you. It is irrelevant.

This is what a failure of leadership looks like.

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exponential everywhere but not here ...

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Seems like these articles are copy and paste everyday now. What is Abe waiting for, a full blown situation? Oh wait, today is Sunday. His day off.

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So, are they ready to start taking action to prevent the spread of this virus? Debating over a state of emergency is just rubbish! Close all public netting places and venues. Close all shopping districts. Limit the amount of people on trains. And, start shelling out some real cash to support the people!

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Kitchener LeslieToday 04:34 pm JST

Maybe when it his 1,000 per day the dinosaurs running this country might actually do something?

Closing shops on weekends only is just delaying things when they are up and running again on Monday.

Actually (as in many other nations) the real numbers are at least a factor 10 higher.

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Anyway, don't worry so much. Tomorrow, Abe san will declare 2 additional masks for each household.

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Cooking the books me be thinking! Don’t worry people we will have our material masks to wear soon, go back to sleep the government is in full control. Remember Japan is so unique even the virus knows it.

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130 probably more by the days end isn't good whatever your opinion of the severity.

The trouble is there is little reporting of the severity of these cases.

The goal is clearly to control the spread and not to overrun hospitals thus an increase of mild symptom patients is less an issue than a smaller spike in serious cases .

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What is the situation now on the weekdays? Still full of commuters in the train? Japanese company does not prepare for this situation, they can not switch to work remotely eh?

I hope Japanese submissiveness does not spread the virus broadly

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Abe is going for 1000 a day. Then he'll send 1 more mask.

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As I posted yesterday, the trouble areas are the nightlife. That's where the increase seems to be occurring and the infections are in the 20-50 age group. That's where the lockdown is needed - izakaya, hostess bars, clubs, karaoke, pachinko and anywhere there are parties.

The economy has to be kept going during the day. That's vital. Train congestion is a problem, yes, but starting times for those people who have to be at work can be staggered.

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Remember...Japan is only testing people who have both 'fever and pneumonia'. If you develop all of the COVID-19 symptoms but you do not develop pneumonia, you will NOT be tested for COVID-19 and sent on your way. Most infected with COVID-19 do not develop pneumonia...

The above was disclosed recently by Dr. Ohmagari Norio, who is a leading expert and also an advisor to the government said in a video (from 02:05): https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20200403210624053/

Ergo, many infected are walking amongst us with mild symptoms, yet they are still able to infect the vulnerable.

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130 is about the number the USA had on 7 March. Today over 300,000.

Act now Japan.

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Now is the edge of emergency decoration.

It's hard to keep the blance of social life and national lives.

Japanese shouldn't blame the situation for only government .Individuals must have the sense of critical and

behave to prevent from infection

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"...a development that could step up calls for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency."

Hahaha... yeah right. Not before he starts an even newer task force on what the consequences would be of making a decision, then recommends their findings to a board to discuss the possibility of making a decision. And even then he would say, "This is a mandatory shut down, optional for people who don't want to take part. We will be strictly patrolling parks and open areas, and if we find people lingering about we will very sternly ask hem what they are doing, and then if they are not obeying the law, we will kindly as them to stop. Companies can choose to ask their employees to stay home or not. And people who want to go out are exempt."

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Even during the time that this story has been up it's already become 143 (and might even go up more)...

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lying abt figures or human life is never good.

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towingthelineToday 05:47 pm JST

Remember...Japan is only testing people who have both 'fever and pneumonia'.

That is exactly the same in many nations where they testing at all. Here in Germany we'ere an exception in the EU and since last week they started large scale testing, all people - not only those with symptoms.

In Niederlande they only test you when you're critically hospitalized and in Sweden they don't conduct any kind of tests, they don't even take many social measures

Ergo, many infected are walking amongst us with mild symptoms, yet they are still able to infect the vulnerable.

Especially young people will not show any kind of symtoms at all - like children. Living together with elderly in tight spaces, like with elderly family members makes it high risk (see Italy.)

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Fanny GreeneToday 05:40 pm JST

Abe is going for 1000 a day. Then he'll send 1 more mask.

Japan is no exception to other nations. The real numbers of people infected is already much higher. Multiply it by 10 and the number is more realistically.

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I'm still waiting for someone to officially explain why the numbers only started rising the day after the Olympics postponement was announced.

I mean, the facts are clear for all to see:

The virus has been in Japan since at least mid-late Feb (Hokkaido, Tokyo, and the cruise ship), although it's reasonable to actually suppose it was here a week or so before that due to the high number of people visiting during the Chinese New Year holiday.

From then, until the Olympics were postponed on March 24 (4-6 weeks later), the numbers were in the low digits each day nationwide. Suddenly since March 24, we've had a steady increase in the numbers each day.

So, what happened? How does the government explain the dramatic change in circumstance? As far as I can see, nothing changed. It makes absolutely no sense at all that the virus was here from mid-Feb, pretty much dormant (or at least 'under control') until March 24, at which point it suddenly decides to start spreading aggressively.

I know the answer - but I'd like the journalists to ask the difficult questions to all the officials to try and see what nonsense explanation they are forced into giving.

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Remember...Japan is only testing people who have both 'fever and pneumonia'. If you develop all of the COVID-19 symptoms but you do not develop pneumonia,

Total nonsense.

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Remember...Japan is only testing people who have both 'fever and pneumonia'. If you develop all of the COVID-19 symptoms but you do not develop pneumonia, you will NOT be tested for COVID-19 and sent on your way. Most infected with COVID-19 do not develop pneumonia...

@towingtheline - This is absolutely the key point that for some reason the government is unwilling to address.

Sure the numbers are low, because they are operating the testing system like they operate the legal system (99% certain before taking action), but so many people are infected and asymptomatic. To continue to allow such people to just keep walking around freely literally puts everyone at huge risk.

The longer the situation is allowed to continue, more and more people are going to become infected unnecessarily. The deaths of all people going forward are squarely on the government - because they could've acted months ago and chose not to. They could've acted today, and chose not to.

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Just wait a few more days and e dry thing should be a-okay, right Shin-chan?

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no worries folks, because apparently, in Japan, the virus is lazy on weekdays and prefers to go out ( just ) at night ...

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Where are the severe cases and deaths associated with the imaginary number of infected? If they are ten times, hundred times more then there has to be a proportionate number of severe cases and deaths.

Surely there are a lot of untested, undetected cases out there but don't let your imaginations go too wild

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These numbers can’t be real. They must have been filtered.

If it’s 800 per day day, I’m guessing they’ve agreed the best way is to go one day at a time: 148, 159, 230, 257, 298, 323, 366, 372, 406, 433, 487, 509, 524, 566, 601, 598, 627, 644, 669, 703, 730, 747, 798, 779, 801.

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ianToday 06:37 pm JST

Where are the severe cases and deaths associated with the imaginary number of infected?

Lets wait 1-2 weeks from now and discuss it again.

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A new PB - well done Tokyo !

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 - but I'd like the journalists to ask the difficult questions to all the officials to try and see what nonsense explanation they are forced into giving.

What are you saying?, Journalist cannot ask officials critical questions.

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Meanwhile, schools are still opening up tomorrow, and failure to attend opening ceremonies will result in a Black Mark to be held against students when they hope to apply for university later.

This place is still living in Ostrich mode.

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Maybe when it his 1,000 per day the dinosaurs running this country might actually do something? 

Closing shops on weekends only is just delaying things when they are up and running again on Monday.

I wouldn’t hold my breath. The main philosophical difference I see is the willful embracement of the Angel of Death. In Japanese 覚悟する. Many believe if they get infected, it was meant to be and see themselves as a beautiful falling cherry blossom petal.

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In my personal opinion I am fine with the government policy.

There are risks yes, but national emergencies have great social risks to.

I hope this is the peak but even if it isnt

To compare Japan to Italy or New York you have to keep in mind

1.The virus has probably been in Japan longer thus more people have already been exposed.

2.Japan has stopped mass gatherings since mid february thus reducing risk of large clusters.

Japanese people have been practicing hand washing and mask wearing since february. This is effective in reducing risk.

4.Japan has a better medical system in terms of bed numbers, ct machines etc. Thus greater leeway.

5.This is unknown but Japan is already experiencing warmer weather. pneumonia is les wide spread in summer clearly this is benifical.

Wheather it is achieveable or not

I am not sure

, that said lockdowns are also unproven outside of one city in China.

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That's not so many people.

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Lets wait 1-2 weeks from now and discuss it again.

Sure. I sincerely hope that you could dig up the information in that time, if they exist

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Two weeks ago people doing 'hanami' in Ueno Park, while most of the world was already in lockdown. Japan is always slow to react on everything, smoking, women's rights, tax increases. Lets just talk about it and talk about it for awhile, then pass a law, then when the problem is already out of control we will take action, that we can't actually enforce, or make people abide by. I have lived in Japan for 13 years, and like it here. But law and order and decision making in general is paralysed by hesitation, powerlessness & inaction.

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If only the entry ban would have been fully enforced back in Dec having learned nothing from the SARS MERS experiences coming from China or any other country and ban traveling to any reported countries who had reports of COVID-19. Concerns will be for closed businesses and the hopes that we do not follow the new developing CRASH n CARRY businesses popping up in other countries as people get desperate.

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It does seem that, in Japan, corona positive people with mild symptoms are NOT TESTED.

Therefore it's extremely difficult if not impossible to get an accurate picture of the spread of COVID-19 in Japan.

The number of tests performed has been very low, but seems to have gone up somewhat (on average) since March 25th... interesting timing!

Testing data here: https://mainichi.jp/covid19

It does seem to me that the major news organizations in Japan have stopped even questioning how many tests have been performed and whether the number performed is enough...

Have they been ordered to do so by the government?

Surely it's a point of interest.

I can't rely on the mainstream TV news reports in Japan at all. They're not doing their job.

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One thing you can count on in Japan is the government to do everything it can to protect their monetary interests.

Hence people need to continue working, and a state of emergency held off on (that in itself would require more government spending, when it would rather use tax payers' money for projects that the government can profit off of, such as buying weapons).

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rgcivilian1Today 07:34 pm JST If only the entry ban would have been fully enforced back in Dec

There wasn't any country back in December which took such drastic measures. Till in the beginning of February most nations did not take any serious travel restrictions.

I've to back in Osaka in May, so I wonder if there will be travel ban by then....that is if EU lies fly again on Japan by then.

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Take a look at this story. The poor guy had to wait for 5 days with a fever above 40C to get tested. What the heck is going on people??

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/03/asia/tokyo-coronavirus-japan-hnk-intl/index.html

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Just regarding the testing, I have a few questions for someone more knowledgeable than me.

When we hear the number of new cases announced on the evening news, is that the number of new cases reported by hospitals for that day from (say) 8am to 6pm?

Or is it the total number of new cases reported since the last figure was announced?

Also, how long is the 'time lag' between the number of new cases and when they were actually tested?

I mean, for example, if we get 100 new cases announced in Tokyo today, is that really a snapshot of the new cases (say) 3 days ago because after a person is tested it takes 3 days to get the test results?

I'm just curious about this.

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Where are the severe cases and deaths associated with the imaginary number of infected? If they are ten times, hundred times more then there has to be a proportionate number of severe cases and deaths. Surely there are a lot of untested, undetected cases out there but don't let your imaginations go too wild

From what the article below says, theres plenty of room to tuck coronavirus deaths into the overall pneumonia deaths, which are the third most common cause of death in Japan. Simply by holding back on testing when someone presents with severe symptoms and then dies untested, they dont need to be counted as coronavirus cases. Convenient. In fact, this puts funeral workers at risk, because hospitals dont notify them of untested bodies. And no conspiracy is necessary either - theres stigma around coronavirus, so institutions and families may prefer that a death just counted as generic pneumonia.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200401/p2a/00m/0na/014000c

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@cornbread1

Thanks for the link... it makes Japan's policy seem shockingly bad.

What the hell is the government playing at?

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@Rizdown

Don't have the answers to your questions. But, data suggest around it around 5-7 days after infection that people start to show symptoms. The testing policy in Japan is you need to have a fever for 4 days before even being eligible for a test. After that, I don't know, but maybe another day to actually get the test, and then another day after that to get results. So, the results we see each day probably have a lag of around 10 days.

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Lets wait 1-2 weeks from now and discuss it again.

i agree with you, let's discuss again.

2 weeks ago people were saying the same thing and we are still waiting for piling up dead bodies.

Don't get me wrong, we don't know how it will develop yet, but this panic scattering gets on my nerves.

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 that said lockdowns are also unproven outside of one city in China.

Carpslidy - I hope you are right and the numbers to do rise in Japan, but if you are wrong, the outcome could be thousands dead.

The reason the lockdown has only worked in China so far is because China did it first and it has had time to be demonstrably true. What you should say is that China has demonstrated that lockdowns are effective.

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Time for Rock Down!

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that said lockdowns are also unproven outside of one city in China.

And just to add, daily new cases in Italy and Spain are now falling - clear evidence that the lockdown approach is effective.

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Hoping that Prime Minister Abe would realized that prevention is better than cure.Doing nothing to contain the Virus will multiply the number of infected person.Declaring “state of emergency” would be too late.

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I know they can't tell us where everyone is getting Covid-19 from, but it would be helpful to know if these cases are all coming from senior centers or from the subway. Even a hint would be appreciated. Just tell us where to be careful, what places we should avoid. Maybe many of these cases are from pachinko parlors or from izakayas in Shinjuku. Otherwise, we're all just sitting ducks.

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There is another spike on the recovery side: A record 61 to join the total recovery number, at 575.

In the last few days, international media coverage and primary focus seem to be shifting from daily infection numbers to death tolls.

The info about confirmed cases in an accumulative manner is no longer helpful in understand the ongoing situations as active numbers are always dynamic, changed over time. For instance, China is almost all over the crisis, but it remains among most affected countries on the list (slightly ranked down as "newcomers" are rising up outpacing China).

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Tokyo bed occupancy is full 101%.

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The little people have always been expected to sacrifice themselves for the good of their rulers. Abe and the rest of the cabinet are descended from the pre-war aristocracy. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

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@ah so

Agreeed numbers thankfully are falling in Italy and Spain.

My worry is that once a lockdown is eventually lifted you run the risk of having a secondary outbreak in a population that has low levels of immunity and a society less willing to lockdown again.

Particularly in Europe with open borders and a history of illegal migration.

Japan of course could close its borders until a vaccine is ready and with far less unchecked entry would stand a better chance of success.

But with Olympics postponed only a year the government appears unwilling to close the borders for a long time.

All signs point to a policy of controled spread to achieve herd immunity and protect the economy.

Or Abe could declare a state of emergency tomorrow, we are all guessing government policy at the end of the day.

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This article states, "The number of temporarily closed stores and restaurants apparently increased from last weekend."

What's with the word, "apparently"? That's NOT good journalism, especially considering the seriousness of the topic. Add them up, reporters!

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He needs to take serious action, which he seems too inept to do until we’re in the same situation as Europe and the us. At the very least he should be pushing for social distancing, ive seen little evidence people here even understand it’s meaning.. Too little too late abe..

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China is almost all over the crisis,

Says China. The rest of the world does not believe this, considering pretty much everything coming out of Communist China has been lies. The British government suspects China has lied to such an extent that the real number of infected is greater than 40 times the official PRC figures.

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Moving quickly and being decisive are two of the most important elements to managing this, yet they are not generally notable character traits of either the Japanese Government, or the people themselves, so it could get much worse before they are forced to act, which may well be too late.

I agree. Therefore, you've got to look out for yourselves. Harmony and hospitality, whatever; that's fine but taking swift decisive action and calling the shots, are not the forte of the Japanese and their government.

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New York City says they need an extra 45,000 medical workers.

How many does Tokyo need?

Nagoya?

Osaka?

Not that much transparency here. Why not?

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Sunday's tally follows 118 cases reported in Tokyo on Saturday, the first time the daily increase had topped 100.

The metropolitan government said it has secured about 900 beds so far, with 817 patients hospitalized in Tokyo as of Saturday evening.

To date (4/4) there are only 69 seriously ill people across Japan, of whom only 22 are in Tokyo who need professional care and equipment. Meanwhile there are so far 50,000 ventilators, 6,000 ICU beds in Japan. It is unlikely that the healthcare systems would collapse all of a sudden (just like in Italy or Spain or NY). Most cases are mild or without symptoms, can be treated for recovery at home by self-quarantine.

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Please note also the purpose to deceive as only Tokyo area figures are given.

Since there is no lock down, figures in an area is irrelevant.

It is twice as much on country level and surely way more in real since trains are running.

Please inform globally because not everyone lives and stay in Tokyo.

No other country is limiting its official figures to their capital (outside in a way Wuhan, which is a so special case).

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He should declaring lock down not only for 2 days, it should be a weeks or more ... and why these people still going out for fun? I saw many on the mall, and coffee shop they brought their PC and just sitting there, what are they doing? geezzzzz these people are totally stubborn!

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When a country reports a rise in coronavirus infection rates, it is because the country is becoming more efficient at testing its citizens and is nothing to be concerned about.

When Japan reports a rise in coronavirus infection rates, it is because the entire country from the politicians down to every citizen, is ignorant, inept, and incapable of stemming the tide of the disease.

smh

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@carpslidy

But with Olympics postponed only a year the government appears unwilling to close the borders for a long time.

All signs point to a policy of controled spread to achieve herd immunity and protect the economy.

I agree, and Japan might want to take the course for group immunity in an incremental, manageable pace, considering its host to receive guests from overseas. If a vaccine is made ready, things could be faster and more hopeful. But the goal is unchanged; to attain group immunity through either infection or vaccination.

The Covid-19 has been settling deeper in our life. It is nearly impossible to eradicate (or very costly to do so, to no avail in the long run).

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To date (4/4) there are only 69 seriously ill people across Japan, of whom only 22 are in Tokyo who need professional care and equipment. Meanwhile there are so far 50,000 ventilators, 6,000 ICU beds in Japan. It is unlikely that the healthcare systems would collapse all of a sudden (just like in Italy or Spain or NY). Most cases are mild or without symptoms, can be treated for recovery at home by self-quarantine.

Source please...

According to the Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine:

The number of ICU beds in Germany is between 29 and 30 per 100,000 people, whereas in Italy it is around 12. In Germany, most deaths from the new coronavirus infection die from the ICU, whereas in Italy many people die before they get to the ICU. Despite the aging of Japan, the number of ICU beds per 100,000 people in Japan is about 5 beds per 100,000 people. This is less than half of Italy, and overshoots in terms of deaths are expected to come very quickly .

It is important to note that in Japan, ICU is a two-on-one nursing care system. However, in order to treat severe new coronavirus infection patients in the ICU, it is necessary to treat one patient from the viewpoint of infection protection. That means you need two nurses. This means that the eight-bed ICU will be full at manpower when two patients with the new coronavirus infection are being treated in the ICU and that the ICU will not even be able to accept patients after normal surgery or emergency patients. Intensive care is highly specialized, and inappropriate respiratory management can damage the lungs. However, the problem is that there are few doctors in Japan who can handle respirators for severe pneumonia. More manpower is required for ECMO management.

Currently, it is estimated that there are about 6,500 ICU beds in Japan, but the number of beds capable of accommodating severely ill patients with new coronavirus infections may be less than 1,000. Forcible containment can lead to nosocomial infections due to disrupted infection control, infections of healthcare workers, and physical and mental stress of medical staff engaged in intensive care. It is clear that manpower resources are a major issue , not just a matter of the number of ventilators.

https://www.jsicm.org/news/statement200401.html

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The official numbers make no sense. The daily rate of contagion is counter-intuitive. The language of government announcements and the demeanor of officials smell of fake news. Or can all these suspicions be simply explained by the "Chinese" virus having mutated benignly to a "Japanese" corona that has adapted to the unique constitutions of the Japanese? It would be wiser to be afraid, very afraid of how this pandemic is being treated by Abenomics. This will be bigger than the Fukushima meltdown which was explained away as being 想定外 (unexpected!)

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The Hyogo governor has been getting bashed from all sides for his plan to re-open schools this week.But the numbers in Hyogo across the board are far less than in Tokyo. Only 13 new cases today and 200 overrall.Kids are the least suspectible and their immune systems can only become weak staying at home doing buck-all. I'm sure most kids will appreciate going back to school if only for a short time.

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I was here when the government told us that the explosions at Fukushima were just steam escaping and nothing to worry about.

I will maintain a healthy scepticism about anything they want me to believe about coronavirus.

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Night time bars and clubs are going more and more to be closed waiting govt. to support them and automatically close for this pandemic period. I'm much against the pachinko parlors 10:00 to 23:00 still open at that cluster environment (bad air) not mentioned by govt., any problem to authorities say it's harmful to be still opened? Life at first of all!

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Sounds like the voluntary stay at home "suggestion" for the weekends are working wonderfully.

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The global death toll has now reached 10% of last years toll for a common disease we are not allowed to mention anymore.

Wash your hands, avoid large meetings in crowded places, stay home if you are sick...

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It's no joke guys!

Do not play the game Japan to become the next epicentre of COVID19.

Not much time left to avoid it.

There is no scientific reasons that what has/is happening in Europe or USA does not happen in Japan.

STAY HOME!

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NZ for example, or comparison, has about 80 or so confirmed cases a day with a total population of only about 4.5 million so figure it out. Tokyo has about 14 million is much smaller than NZ in area size and much more densley populated.

How many tests does NZ do per say 1000 citizens vs Japan?

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Today most (well all) of the Restaurants and Bars were closed. Just the Supermarkets were open.

Again, no Toilet paper or FaceMasks were available anywhere !

The Right wingers kept away too, which made for a rare peaceful Sunday - the Police too weren't around.

Very few people on the streets, and traffic was pretty much non-existent - don't know why the Black cabs keep driving around - no one wants to use them! The private White cabs are no longer driving around....

Unfortunately contradicting Government Advice, Public Schools are asking new attendees to come in and pick up teaching materials tomorrow... something very wrong with that.

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Indonesia is having it bad, I sadly watched two online videos showing a man and woman lying in the street convulsing before remaining silent - people around them were muttering "Corona".... it's a horrible way to go, and perhaps the general Public should be shown such videos in order to make them realize that this is the real deal - self-isolate or face the potential fate that some poor unfortunate souls have met.

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Home Delivery Companies need to change the way they operate,

Signing for the receipt of a package is just simply increasing the chance of transferring the Virus.

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@ Rizdown

When we hear the number of new cases announced on the evening news, is that the number of new cases reported by hospitals for that day from (say) 8am to 6pm?

Well it depend of where you get your number.

If you look at NHK, there is 2 global numbers published a day :

The graph is from 00 to 24.

The table is from 10:30 the previous day to 10:30.

Then they publish article once they got informed of new cases and make several total along the day.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/special/coronavirus/

Regarding the MHLW, they make total at 12:00 on day 1 and publish it at 12:00 of day 2.

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_00032.html

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/houdou/houdou_list_202003.html

this kind of link for the cases report : 新型コロナウイルス感染症の現在の状況と厚生労働省の対応について(令和2年3月31日版)

For prefecture ones, see at the end of the page :

https://github.com/reustle/covid19japan-data/

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I sadly watched two online videos showing a man and woman lying in the street convulsing before remaining silent .people around them were muttering "Corona".... it's a horrible way to go

Are you a parent? If you are, teach your kid not to believe everything he/she sees on the Internet. Don’t forget to add that bystanders’ casual diagnosis is usually wrong.

A lot of ESL pupils are watching this thread. So act accordingly.

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 that said lockdowns are also unproven outside of one city in China.

its working well in Korea Taiwan Australia NZ California Singapore

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Signing for the receipt of a package is just simply increasing the chance of transferring the Virus.

you can ask them to sign for you, my delivery guys have been doing it for the last couple of weeks

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wtf:

its working well in Korea Taiwan Australia NZ California Singapore

I dont think Korea and Taiwan have a lockdown, do they?

On the plus side of this virus panic, I notice that all the screaming about release of Fukushima treated water, global warming, LGBTXXXX rights, PETA, and other fashionable issues has disappeared. Nothing better than a little pandemic to put things into perspective....

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How many tests does NZ do per say 1000 citizens vs Japan?

New Zealand reports doing 7,282 tests per million people. (April 5)

Japan reports doing 354 tests per million people. (April 5)

Tokyo reports doing 273 tests per million people. (April 3)

That's a pretty stark contrast; NZ performs 20 times the tests on a per capita basis.

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