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Tokyo confirms 68 new coronavirus cases; 27 at Taito Ward hospital

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Folks, if you can, stay home, if you can't, take care, do what you gotta do, and get home!

The government here is not going to do much to assist, and it's up to each of us to look out for each other, and take common sense actions as a precaution.

This virus will end eventually. I just dont want anyone here becoming a victim!

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Yes, you are correct Madame Koike, but unfortunately you and Abe are not doing much to prevent this. "Lock Down Japan for 2 Weeks" and get rid of your people from miserable death and foreseeable major economic loss.

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So now that the virus accelerates, let's all get crammed into those jam-packed trains. Logical, isn't it.

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Still those cruise ship numbers included. Give us the real numbers of those infected in Japan.

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A total lockdown of Tokyo would not be necessary if people practice effective social distancing.

How do you practice social distancing on a subway at 7:30am?

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We’ll definitely see lower numbers for today given a two-day soft lockdown is all that was needed to blunt the spread of this virus. (Sarcasm.)

The numbers will shoot up again once the people who got on trains today start showing symptoms.

The incompetent leadership here continues to bungle their response to this.

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After a quiet weekend, the virus must be looking forward to suiting up and doing its daily commute today.

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I don't know what Tokyo is waiting for ? I believe this is the right time to lock down the city till things are under control, or we may see another NY on hand if this chance is missed.

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@Mark... exactly!!!

Tokyo should be locked down immediately before this gets out of control ! Land to human space is the worst in Tokyo ( Petri dish ) in comparison to other global cities so the infection rate will increase relatively fast. Also wondering why Japan hasn’t banned the US travelers and just asking them to self quarantine upon arrival. Other countries with much lower infection are banned but seems like the Japanese Government is afraid of the American Government! The US would understand if Japan has to close its borders completely under these circumstances but seems like the Japanese authorities lack courage! The life of Japanese people are being risked by not closing the borders especially to the US which has the exceeded 142,000!!!

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I’ll admit, I was one who went out yesterday, the first time in a couple of days. I’m sorry, but my 1 year old needs fresh fruits and vegetables. Like most Japanese, our storage, fridge and freezer spaces are limited.

While trying to practice social distancing, I found it to be very difficult in certain shops that are way too small to keep any space between me and others who were out and about.

But mostly, I found it quite disrespectful of others who were clearly not making ANY effort. I obviously and clearly waited about 4 escalator steps between me and the person in front of me, just to have the next person position themselves on the VERY NEXT step, not even leaving the regular one step of spacing you would leave before this coronavirus era!

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@Klausdorth

1880 infected

52 death

28,760 tested ( until now - super low testing in comparison to the world )

Data from the Ministry of Health Japan via https://covid19japan.com/

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Mark, Hunter, and That: Agreed 100%.

That: I hope you have no problems keeping your little one safe and fed.

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the hospital in Japan looks worse than ever. no doctors ,no space,no solution.

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Mass testing is the only way to check the pandemic

We need to isolate the walking infected, otherwise it will take a toll until it burns out.

When the Olympics were finally postponed, the Abe government and Koike recognized the seriousness of the epidemic.

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Interesting how the number of confirmed cases spikes as soon as the Olympics are postponed....

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But mostly, I found it quite disrespectful of others who were clearly not making ANY effort. 

I had a medical appointment last weekend. On the train on Saturday, there were people trying to to sit two three seats apart with masks.

What I saw as disrespectful were all the people (6 different men) who were actually coughing and sneezing were the only ones without face masks!

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With Japan's archaic "がんばれ!” thinking, companies here will never allow workers to stay home for two weeks like most other "sane" countries in the world are allowing. Well..at least mine won't.

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Of the increase on Sunday, 27 cases were from Eiju General Hospital in Taito Ward

Easily traceable group infection.

Only God knows, the number of untraceble, undetected lone cases.

Going by population even Vatican has more infection than Tokyo.

Ridiculous.

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Ah-So

How do you practice social distancing on a subway at 7:30am?

The virus doesn't infect in the train, there has not been any single reported case of someone being infected in the train. Well this is what Kataoka the analyst for yomuiri tv here in kansai said. Ridiculous, this coming from an analyst.

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How many people have been tested so far? That answer would help shed more light on the situation.

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The virus doesn't infect in the train, there has not been any single reported case of someone being infected in the train. Well this is what Kataoka the analyst for yomuiri tv here in kansai said. Ridiculous, this coming from an analyst.

Brilliant post! We have to read it completely to understand the first sentence is pure, unadulterated sarcasm. Love it!

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Have a Japanese mate working in an old persons home in Tokyo and he says there is has been little preparation, nor change in duties, just a general feeling that this thing is coming and ‘Shikata nai’. Problem with a top-down populace that doesn’t bother to take initiative and do a bit of research to what may be coming or what could be done on a personal level. The denial period seems to last longer here, on a range of issues.

Its a cull folks, as simple as that. A political system that has the over 60s and elderly at its very base, but didn’t bother moving fast enough to at least try to mobilize and stop the spread. The whole worlds been turned upside down on the move but here we have the bureaucracy of eyes down, silent, slow, awkward side glancing doom.

I know anger ain’t the right thing now, nor does it have much utility, but it’s hard not to be in amazement at the sleepwalking that’s been allowed to happen until now. Good luck Tokyo.

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@Yubaru,

We may have sparred on issues in the past. But I feel your words to be very genuine and kind.

Thank you.

Much apprciated sir. You as well take very good care.

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I see Shimura Ken just passed, RIP. He was a good comedian. That fact alone will serve to drive home the seriousness of doing one's best not to contract this virus. It does not differentiate between the famous and the homeless, rich or poor.

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They probably performed about 70 tests lol no one demands the right question so they will never care

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Tokyo will be locked down too late to prevent thousands of infections.

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The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Center for Health Security is predicting 65 million deaths worldwide for COVID19.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a global pandemic conference with Johns Hopkins University in New York City in October 2019 before when this virus was starting to break out. Event 201 a Global Pandemic Exercise was a “pandemic drill” to try to prepare the world for the real thing. This is a statement from this conference:

In recent years, the world has seen a growing number of epidemic events, amounting to approximately 200 events annually. These events are increasing, and they are disruptive to health, economies, and society. Managing these events already strains global capacity, even absent a pandemic threat. Experts agree that it is only a matter of time before one of these epidemics becomes global—a pandemic with potentially catastrophic consequences. A severe pandemic, which becomes “Event 201,” would require reliable cooperation among several industries, national governments, and key international institutions.

http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/event201/191017-press-release.html

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I’ll admit, I was one who went out yesterday, the first time in a couple of days. I’m sorry, but my 1 year old needs fresh fruits and vegetables. Like most Japanese, our storage, fridge and freezer spaces are limited.

That's nothing to "admit" to, essential travel means going out for essential things, like food. I hope you and your child are safe.

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I was wrong. They did test on a Sunday. Must be getting serious. The saving grace is Japanese are afraid of rain and snow.

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I’ll admit, I was one who went out yesterday, the first time in a couple of days. I’m sorry, but my 1 year old needs fresh fruits and vegetables. Like most Japanese, our storage, fridge and freezer spaces are limited.

While trying to practice social distancing, I found it to be very difficult in certain shops that are way too small to keep any space between me and others who were out and about.

But mostly, I found it quite disrespectful of others who were clearly not making ANY effort. I obviously and clearly waited about 4 escalator steps between me and the person in front of me, just to have the next person position themselves on the VERY NEXT step, not even leaving the regular one step of spacing you would leave before this coronavirus era!

It's normal to go out and get groceries. And many people just aren't smart or aware enough to keep their distance. The stores should be doing more to keep people apart, or at least clean the shopping baskets, etc.

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NY stores have a 10-person limit allowed in their store at any one time.

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With no outward sense of crisis or ugency, people go about the business as usual.

I see Ken-chan passed. A wide show devotes an hour to his life. This week his story will be no. 1 in the rankings. It's inevitable.

On another channel I see that they are discussing the impact that single-use plastic bag charges are going to make and how there is too much plastic being tossed into the oceans. One young girl says bring charged for a bag can't be helped. It's the way it is.

But many other countries implemented BANS on these months or even YEARS ago. It's the way it is.

Japan just goes about things in their own way. We have to accept that.

Corona or no Corona, we have to accept that it is what it is.

Many in Japan are going to die.

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@quercetum

The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Center for Health Security is predicting 65 million deaths worldwide for COVID19.

Source? Link?

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@quercetum

You are mistaken.

We are not now predicting that the nCoV-2019 outbreak will kill 65 million people. Although our tabletop exercise included a mock novel coronavirus, the inputs we used for modeling the potential impact of that fictional virus are not similar to nCoV-2019.

http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/newsroom/center-news/2020-01-24-Statement-of-Clarification-Event201.html

The 65mil was from a fictitious exercise conducted before this pandemic.

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So do they know who brought the virus to the facility?

If not, it shouldn’t be categorized as traceable.

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Please stay home , think more seriously,

Iam angry because I love Japan.

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Stay at home and watch Anno Hideaki’s Shin Gojira. It’s everything you need to know about the Japanese bureaucracy’s response to disasters. Not a pretty sight, but a sobering one.

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Tokyo has approximately 14 Million people. 430 have been officially identified as infected over the last few weeks.

If my math is correct 430/14,000,000 is 0.003%.

Somehow the infected Tokyo population of 0.00003. Sorry, it's not very intimidating yet. Perhaps when it reaches 0.05% I can become somewhat worried. As for now, I'm more worried that my math is wrong and that there is still no toilet paper available.

In the meantime, I'm keeping with the gambaru spirit, I will continue to wash my hands frequently, wear a mask in public and avoid crowds as much as possible.

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@james

Your calculation is correct. Your math is wrong.

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what happened to my comment??

Moderator: Nothing. You didn't post anything.

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