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Tokyo coronavirus cases fall to 968; nationwide tally 8,234

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 968 new coronavirus cases, down 885 from Sunday and 947 down from last Monday. It is the 15th straight day that the daily figure has been lower than the same day of the previous week. It is the first time for the number to drop below 1,000 since July 19.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 2,414.

People in their 20s (244 cases), their 30s (191) and their 40s (188) accounted for the highest numbers, while 181 cases were aged under 20.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 267, up three from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 2,198, down nine from Sunday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 8,234. The prefectures with the highest numbers were Aichi (1,190), Tokyo, Kanagawa (971), Osaka (924), Chiba (665), Saitama (450), Fukuoka (420), Hyogo (357), Kyoto (258), Okinawa (167), Ibaraki (158), Hiroshima (145), Shizuoka (135), Gifu (125), Hokkaido (123), Nara (116) and Mie (109).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 40.

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2000 tests. Give me a break

-3 ( +26 / -29 )

Wow! Maybe I can get rid of these nasty masks soon and stop smelling my breath all day.

-11 ( +16 / -27 )

2000 tests. Give me a break

Aichi's numbers are higher than Tokyo's today. I wonder how many tests they do.

13 ( +24 / -11 )

Have they changed the cycle count on the PCR?

The recommended cycle count that the labs are using should be posted.

If it's changing, we're not getting a steady reading.

-15 ( +8 / -23 )

Reckless

Wow! Maybe I can get rid of these nasty masks soon and stop smelling my breath all day.

Why do you have a mask now ?

-8 ( +10 / -18 )

Wow! Maybe I can get rid of these nasty masks soon and stop smelling my breath all day.

Brush your teeth more often, and increase your fluid intake (preferably lightly acid such as tea or carbonated water). I guarantee you your mask won't be smelling this bad..

14 ( +23 / -9 )

The Japanese miracle. Thank you to all (government folks) who fought so hard and did their best! (/s off).

Can anyone provide a reliable site with test counts? I mean 2.000 test and almost 50% positive!!!

I would really like to know what's actually going on, and I guess it's not just me!

8 ( +24 / -16 )

Burning Bush Today  05:04 pm JST

Have they changed the cycle count on the PCR?

The recommended cycle count that the labs are using should be posted.

If it's changing, we're not getting a steady reading.

Thank you for you usual bla bla about cycle count on the PCR, this is useless as usual.

Number of infections is down because the peak wave has been reached since several days, no mystery at all.

4 ( +19 / -15 )

@klausdorth

Offical website of Tokyo regarding covid19 numbers

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

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Cases falling around the country. The conspiracy theorists won't like it of course, and so will quibble with the numbers. First time under 1000 for Tokyo since July. That is testament to the efficacy of the vaccine, given that around 75M people in Japan have had at least one dose.

-6 ( +16 / -22 )

Wow, that's a big drop. I want to get all hopeful, but, I think I'll check how all the surrounding prefectures are doing before getting my hopes too, high.

Some areas imposed states of emergency later, so they will likely peak later, but it sure would be nice to feel confident that the GTA areas efforts are starting to pay off.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Right on schedule to drop below 500 and enable lifting of SOE in time for the LDP leadership vote and the subsequent national election this fall. It's an LDP miracle...hallelujah!

2000 tests. Give me a break"

2000 tests ...lol...that's what a backwater provincial town does on a bad day in the rest of the " advanced world ".

16 ( +29 / -13 )

We really do need these reports to contain more information to provide context and understand their significance. The headlines are clearly designed to convey an impression that case numbers are easing, yet we have no way of knowing if that is actually the case or if it is just an effect of fewer tests being conducted.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

Sydney Australia MORE cases than Tokyo today had 1281 cases in its 11th week of harsh lockdown that includes curfews in some areas and limits on leaving your home and how far you can go when you are briefly allowed out. Harsh fines if you are found breaking the numerous rules. Travel within the country is banned even for people to see dying relatives and thousands of Australians are overseas unable to return to their own country. Yet Cases still going up up up, whilst Tokyo is going down down down. Lockdowns really work don’t they! Is there any better proof than Tokyo that they are unnecessary and that the Australian totalitarian approach is an unnecessary overreach.

3 ( +15 / -12 )

Although the CTs know fully well that Japan doesn't test asymptomatic people, they still harp on the number of tests being conducted. Give it a rest, please. It's kinda sad and pathetic at this point.

3 ( +14 / -11 )

"But where are the bodies being hidden?"

Stop focusing on cases and look at hospitalisations and deaths already, please

7 ( +15 / -8 )

Hmmmm! Can we really believe these numbers?

It's great news if true. But, in saying that, people under 30 still account for 43.9% 0f today's figures.

Also the 968 cases brings this month's total for Tokyo to 13,989 from an all out figure since the beginning of statistics last year, to 357,963 cases.

Let's not be TOO complacent and let our guard down, hey?

From a concerned, and vaccinated resident from overseas.

Have a great day!

-1 ( +13 / -14 )

Perhaps @rainyday 5:20pm you are asking too much when we have been routinely ‘reassured’?: /s

*- **“this is a news site that tells you the news, it does what what it is supposed to do . Every day you ask for more information ( breakdown of ages, percentages of this that and the other) most of you that ask this already have this information already from government sites but still bleat on about not posting it.” -*

Can’t we just ‘consume without questioning’? /s - Like confessions, perhaps “It’ll go easier for you” if we just ‘accept’ and move along.

*- @rainyday 5:20pm:“We really do need these reports to contain more information to provide context and understand their significance. The headlines are clearly designed to convey an impression that case numbers are easing, yet we have no way of knowing if that is actually the case or if it is just an effect of fewer tests being conducted.” -*

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

At this level of testing, it's not worth reporting.

Clearly Tokyo doesn't want to know how sick it is.

7 ( +19 / -12 )

Ah! There’s some DAILY numbers we can perhaps trust from a self-described “independent and ‘outside’ source”:

@Leighton Rutt 5:34pm: “Hmmmm! Can we really believe these numbers?

It's great news if true. But, in saying that, people under 30 still account for 43.9% 0f today's figures. 

Also the 968 cases brings this month's total for Tokyo to 13,989 from an all out figure since the beginning of statistics last year, to 357,963 cases.

“Let's not be TOO complacent and let our guard down, hey?”

**From a concerned, and vaccinated resident from overseas.” - **Have a great day!

0 ( +6 / -6 )

We can believe these numbers because they have always only tested those with symptoms. Obviously there would be many more asymptomatic people since Japan doesn't do expensive, pointless, random mass testing. They haven't changed the way they test so we can make clear comparisons from week to week. Great news as the number of cases are on a decline! 60 million already fully vaccinated. They did the bulk of that in only 3 months. Looking good, Japan!

-10 ( +10 / -20 )

Akula Today  05:16 pm JST

Cases falling around the country. The conspiracy theorists won't like it of course, and so will quibble with the numbers. First time under 1000 for Tokyo since July. That is testament to the efficacy of the vaccine, given that around 75M people in Japan have had at least one dose.

If you think that just the vaccines will be enough to prevent other waves to happen soon, you do not know how works a pandemic.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

anon99999Today  05:28 pm JST

Sydney Australia MORE cases than Tokyo today had 1281 cases in its 11th week of harsh lockdown that includes curfews in some areas and limits on leaving your home and how far you can go when you are briefly allowed out. Harsh fines if you are found breaking the numerous rules. Travel within the country is banned even for people to see dying relatives and thousands of Australians are overseas unable to return to their own country. Yet Cases still going up up up, whilst Tokyo is going down down down. Lockdowns really work don’t they! Is there any better proof than Tokyo that they are unnecessary and that the Australian totalitarian approach is an unnecessary overreach.

Why always comparing Tokyo with Sydney Australia ? That make no sense at all.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

WobotToday  05:34 pm JST

"But where are the bodies being hidden?"

Stop focusing on cases and look at hospitalisations and deaths already, please

Focusing on cases became senseless in Tokyo for sure.

Japanese Government should have a plan to manage the daily live in the coming waves but so far this is no plan because there is no brain in their head.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

We really do need these reports to contain more information to provide context and understand their significance.

More information yes, and more testing. For the first time since this whole mess began I'm legitimately getting worried about safety in Tokyo. It's just absurd that a city of 14,000,000 can magically go down to under 1000 new cases after almost hitting 6000 a couple of weeks ago. Assuming that the 5800 cases at that point was ever a real number to begin with. Testing has never been sufficient, NEVER, and at this point it's just plain dangerous. And you can bet everything that key people in government positions are thinking the exact same thing and being "encouraged" to keep silent so that the LDP can remain in power and the government at large can announce "mission accomplished".

Sorry but I'm not one of the ignorant sheep who buy into this magical recovery. There is a VERY real danger that tens of thousands of new cases are circulating each day and being ignored due to testing eligibility issues, privacy issues, lack of significant symptoms, etc.

People don't want to accept the fact that just because an infected person isn't hospitalized and IS vaccinated doesn't mean they can't spread their infection to others. Breakthrough infections are not automatically benign. What is going on here is just plain wrong. The government should be ensuring that 400,000+ people are tested each day and THEN when it gets 900 cases per day or 500 per day it can be a more legitimate sample.

And for all those saying I'm just worrying for nothing? I see absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be certain these numbers aren't lying. Anyone who subsequently gets infected because Tokyo has collectively let its guard down really can thank all you "idealists" for pushing ignorance.

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joffy Today  05:42 pm JST

We can believe these numbers because they have always only tested those with symptoms. Obviously there would be many more asymptomatic people since Japan doesn't do expensive, pointless, random mass testing. They haven't changed the way they test so we can make clear comparisons from week to week. Great news as the number of cases are on a decline! 60 million already fully vaccinated. They did the bulk of that in only 3 months. Looking good, Japan!

85 to 90% of the population need to be vaccinated in order to live with the virus and the coming waves. This will allow the medical system to take care of the ill patients for both covid and non covid diseases.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Aichi the prefecture with the most cases today, Osaka also under 1000 for the first time in a while. This will likely be the first day in a while when Japan has recorded less than 10k cases nationwide.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

That’s the deal, stepping down, yes, but only with good numbers for a lovely remembering in the history books. lol

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Obviously there would be many more asymptomatic people since Japan doesn't do expensive, pointless, random mass testing

Mass testing is not pointless. It can help give a clearer picture of exactly what we are dealing with in Japan, and identify any new strains as early as possible.

This is far from pointless.

Then again, I’m looking at this from the angle of wanting to know as much as possible rather than pushing a narrative.

10 ( +19 / -9 )

Let's hope the numbers drop quickly, I cannot wait to see my favourite small local bars and izakaya to reopen soon.

0 ( +9 / -9 )

Jimizo Today  06:01 pm JST

Mass testing is not pointless. It can help give a clearer picture of exactly what we are dealing with in Japan, and identify any new strains as early as possible.

This is far from pointless.

Then again, I’m looking at this from the angle of wanting to know as much as possible rather than pushing a narrative.

Mass testing is very useful to prevent infections. Not all the time of course but at adequate moments in order to manage the wave. But with the ultimate inefficiency of Japan government, the mass testing would be a waste. So no need for mass testing in the wonderful land of the rising sun.

-1 ( +10 / -11 )

Let's hope the numbers drop quickly, I cannot wait to see my favourite small local bars and izakaya to reopen soon.

Absolutely nothing is preventing you from donating some of your own money to support them. I'm sure the businesses would love such an act of kindness. But that's not the way people like you operate. You want others to take care of the hard part and just reap the benefits. Weren't you talking about how you can't wait for Go To Travel to resume just a few days ago? Funny how absolutely nothing is stopping you from doing it now, but you'd much rather use taxpayer money to subsidize your vacation.

It's strange though: you're so "concerned" about local businesses yet show no compassion at all for the people infected with the disease. Nor do you have any interest in a real picture of how the infection really looks. You are about yourself and no one else; anything so long as you can resume your overprivlidged lifestyle.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

Too funny the numbers now dripping because Olympics are now over gives Japan something to blame

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Good news!

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Good to see the numbers falling again. Let’s hope this can encourage some with irrational fears to get out and support the local economy. I did the right thing and supported local businesses from day 1, they got my money not Amazon.

The vaccines are doing well to protect the elderly and obese which means less severe cases and deaths. Though vaccines don’t work so well on obese, so they are still in much more danger than healthy people.

We should be looking at normality very soon, hoping the Go To Campaign resumes, can save a few yen on my monthly trips.

-5 ( +9 / -14 )

Foreigner In Tokyo Today  06:18 pm JST

Absolutely nothing is preventing you from donating some of your own money to support them. I'm sure the businesses would love such an act of kindness. But that's not the way people like you operate. You want others to take care of the hard part and just reap the benefits. Weren't you talking about how you can't wait for Go To Travel to resume just a few days ago? Funny how absolutely nothing is stopping you from doing it now, but you'd much rather use taxpayer money to subsidize your vacation.

I support them already because they have takeout options or lunch menu. But I cannot wait to enjoy an evening there with some nice local sake or craft beers and delicious food cooked in front of you.

I never make use of the Go To Travel insanity and did not take any holidays since the pandemic started. I am taking all precautions regarding the virus since last year.

It's strange though: you're so "concerned" about local businesses yet show no compassion at all for the people infected with the disease. Nor do you have any interest in a real picture of how the infection really looks. You are about yourself and no one else; anything so long as you can resume your overprivlidged lifestyle.

I do care about local business and I have compassion.

The current measures taken with the SoE are almost useless to prevent spread of the virus and it hurts the local business, this is why it should be ended and this can only happen if the number of infections goes down.

Closing drinking and eating places at 8pm is just idiot. And not serving alcohol only is so ridiculous that the people outside Japan who knows this situation are laughing at here.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

@truth 85 to 90% of the population need to be vaccinated in order to live with the virus and the coming waves. 

Oh, I didn't know about the coming waves. Do you have a date on those waves and the impact on Japan based on their future vaccination rate? I looked everywhere for sources on future news in Japan but came up empty.

Japan has lived with the virus quite well for the past 18 months. With a major boost in vaccinations that keeps growing, things are trending in an even more positive direction.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Corona has been widespread in Japan for 18 months, whereas Australia has tried elimination. It stands to reason due to naturally gained immunity Japan would eventually have lower numbers.

Hopefully Corona is turning into the flu

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Knowing that Suga won't be running the show much longer the virus is running scared

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Tokyo’s strategy for dealing with COVID-19 is to do limited testing with 50+ % positive rate and claim that the infection rate is declining dramatically! The number of test should be such that the positive rate is around 2-3 % as recommended by World Health Organization and as done by almost every other country globally!

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Paralympics end, numbers go down. Correlation, yes, but causation? Thoughts?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Well, I can't say anything for Tokyo as I am neither living there, nor am I working in the medical field, nor am I a statistician.

But, I am living in Urayasu-shi in Chiba. My city is essentially a gate between Tokyo and Chiba through both Shin-Urayasu and Urayasu stations. A lot of the locals like to think they are living in the Tokyo suburbs over living in the Chiba outskirts LMAO.

A few years ago, I did registered to an automatic e-mail alarm system at the Shiyaku-sho, system which started to notify me of Covid cases occurring within our city (Urayasu-shi) back in spring 2020.

As such:

.Uraysu-shi had its Covid-patient zero on 2020/3/19 (1 case on that date)

.as of 2021/7/21 (16 months later) we reached case 1,501 (daily average since patient zero: approx: 3 cases / day over 16 months)

.then things started to spin out of control in parallel with Tokyo and as now, as of 2021/9/5 we hit case 3,238 which is an increase of 1,737 cases over 45 effing days: daily average since 7/21: 39 cases / day over 45 days which is a 13-fold increase). We did have a peak of 106 on 8/16.

Contrary to the Tokyo figures which recently miraculously crashed and burned our figures here haven't. Here are our week-end figures:

9/5: 78 cases

9/4: 77 cases

Again, I am not talking about Chiba as a whole, I am talking about a single mid-sized city with 150,000+ inhabitants on the border with Tokyo.

Obviously I am not in any objective position to be able to comment on the Tokyo figures, but frankly, it damn looks like a lot of BS as seen from our Town!!

Here's the alarm if you want to register.

http://isdmail.city.urayasu.chiba.jp/

5 ( +8 / -3 )

@Jim

The test positivity rate is currently around 15% in Tokyo and I don’t think it’s ever been over 40%. Where are you getting this data?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Corona has been widespread in Japan for 18 months, whereas Australia has tried elimination. It stands to reason due to naturally gained immunity Japan would eventually have lower numbers.

But according to the numbers, almost no one has had it out of the entire population right?

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Jim Today  06:56 pm JST

Tokyo’s strategy for dealing with COVID-19 is to do limited testing with 50+ % positive rate and claim that the infection rate is declining dramatically! The number of test should be such that the positive rate is around 2-3 % as recommended by World Health Organization and as done by almost every other country globally!

Tokyo positivity rate (on a 7 day average based on consolidated date) reached 29% at worst last month. Currently it's around 19%. So it's not a 50+% as you stated.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Bull!

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Miraculous. It's almost as if the numbers were being manipulated. That would never happen now would it.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Not bull, not a miracle... Just Sunday's numbers.

As I have posted about a zillion times before, to get a test on a Sunday you don't need to be sick, you need to state that you are having difficulty breathing. If not they will tell you to wait until Monday or Tuesday.

So 50 % of those who said they had breathing difficulties pinged positive.....

BTW.. it will be the same next week, the week after and so on... Just like it is EVERY MONDAY!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

A bit skeptic . When the Olympics started the numbers went up . Olympics over and now the numbers will drop. 99.9 under 50 you survive

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Nice!

Until silver week...?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

The pandemic has long passed into an endemic virus that will continue forever.

To think you can lockdown society to stop its spread is FOOLISH BEYOND MEASURE. More like INSANITY ON STEROIDS.

The cases are low relative to the population and those in critical care is EVEN LOWER.

Ivermectin has been shown to work and we need to start hearing more about it. The inventor is Japanese, who went on to win the Nobel prize and that drug is considered an ESSENTIAL MEDICENE ACCORDING TO THE WHO. Look it up yourself if you dont believe me.

Enough of the fear mongering and politics.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

The pandemic has long passed into an endemic virus that will continue forever. To think you can lockdown society to stop its spread is FOOLISH BEYOND MEASURE.

First you have made nothing or only mistakes all the time , almost two years, and now have the guts to declare all people who had solutions as foolish. That’s quite an attempt, my dear…lol Well, so try to live with it, if that’s what you wanted right from the beginning. I just only predict , you won’t be able for that too, on average and in the long run. In contrary, it’s getting more and more lethal for society, businesses, individuals and don’t cry then, when it’s too late.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

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