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Tokyo reports 1,121 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally tops 7,000

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 1,121 new coronavirus cases, up 214 from Friday. The figure is the highest since Jan 22, when it was 1,184, which was during the second state of emergency.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 776.6.

People in their 20s (286 cases), their 30s (216) and their 40s (187) accounted for the highest numbers, while 162 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 71, up two from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 1,131, unchanged from Friday.

Osaka reported 1,021 cases and 41 deaths. Hokkaido reported a record high 403 cases (277 of which were in Sapporo).

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 7,192 as of 6:30 p.m. It was the first time the total topped 7,000 since Jan 16. After Tokyo and Osaka, the prefectures with the most cases were Aichi (575), Hyogo (568), Fukuoka (519), Hokkaido (403), Kanagawa (303), Saitama (285), Okayama (189), Chiba (162), Hiroshima (125), Gifu (121), Kyoto (120), Gunma (113), Kumamoto (111), Okinawa (93), Oita (93), Nara (86), Ishikawa (80), Kagawa (78), Saga (76), Shiga (74), Fukushima (69), Ibaraki (67), Nagasaki (65), Shizuoka (65), Miyazaki (62), Tochigi (51), Niigata (50), Miyagi (47), Mie (47), Nagano (46) and Yamaguchi (39).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 85.

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Wednesday results and so many clinics were closed.

10 ( +18 / -8 )

We need vaccinations NOW.

24 ( +28 / -4 )

Glad those tens of millions of vaccines are in storage just in case we need them.

49 ( +50 / -1 )

How many tests?

Why are the number of tests not being disclosed anymore?

Testing was decreasing at an alarming rate, while cases were going up. If that was not concerning enough, now it’s not even being disclosed?

26 ( +28 / -2 )

Kyakusenbi_ArimasuToday 04:08 pm JST

Wednesday results and so many clinics were closed.

No, results from yesterday.

Results from Wednesday were published on Thursday, hence a low number of positive on that day. Tests increased for the last two days, after GW, and that's why we see an increase of positive results.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

robert maes - We need vaccinations NOW

Vaccines are nothing without effective control measures. After a week of SOE the new case numbers in Tokyo have nearly tripled to what they were prior to the latest SOE. Vaccines are not a cure! The only way to beat this virus is to stop giving it hosts. Lock the whole country down for two weeks. No school! No work! No pubs! No restaurants! Only essential services open. The cost of a two week shut down is far less than years of toil and useless SOEs. Just stay home!

11 ( +21 / -10 )

healthy figures ( when compared to lots of other places with far worse health systems ). and so I’m going to enjoy my dinner tonight with a calm demeanor,

-32 ( +8 / -40 )

Actually vaccines ARE the way to stop it as they prevent infection in 90-95% of people which denies new blasts and mutation.

17 ( +21 / -4 )

Increasing everywhere!

Kagawa had a record number of cases, too! Get those vaccines out of storage and do what has to be done!

14 ( +17 / -3 )

For a city like Tokyo, numbers are kept low. But it has been increasing in many regional prefectures where things have been nearly normal, restaurants open late, etc... That is more worrisome to me.

Record in Hokkaido today, Niigata and Fukushima yesterday, etc etc....

12 ( +15 / -3 )

For a city like Tokyo, numbers are kept low.

'Kept' being the operative word. Concealed a better choice!

28 ( +29 / -1 )

Multiple prefectures with records highs today: Hokkaido, Aichi, Gunma, Okayama -- just what I saw on NHK.

Unexpected? No, of course not.

12 ( +16 / -4 )

Well this State of emergency is clearly working!!!!

What did simple Suga say yesterday.....he saw a massive reduction in the people out and about and the cases are dropping hahaha

14 ( +16 / -2 )

With a frown on my face and a heavy step, I'd like to thank the inept Suga san for nothing. Japan is clearly succumbing to the virus.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

We need vaccinations NOW.

Too little too late. There is an incubation period for the vaccine to kick in. To many people are infected.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

We are clearly looking at 7000+ cases today.

That puts us in the top 20 in the world, with most of those with the amount of testing multiple times of what Japan is doing.

I think Japan is probably in the top 5 worst affected countries in the world currently. And probably the only one where the government is sticking its collective head in the sand.

16 ( +21 / -5 )

@Zoroto

what you think is unlikely to be true, the low amount of deaths show that.

-19 ( +4 / -23 )

What on earth are they doing with the testing? For a while, it was the results of tests from 3 days earlier, then it became 2 days earlier, and now it seems to be 1 day earlier. Why does it keep changing without explanation? What happens when they skip forward a day? Do that day’s tests just get ignored, or...?

It concerns me that more and more details about the tests are being omitted.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

what you think is unlikely to be true, the low amount of deaths show that.

Deaths in Japan under reported by 10x according to reputable research:

http://www.healthdata.org/news-release/covid-19-has-caused-69-million-deaths-globally-more-double-what-official-reports-show

So if we go buy that the 140 x 10, yes, Japan is number 3 in the world in deaths.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

With very limited testing the numbers are going to be inaccurately low, with stringent administrative restrictions on when a death can be registered as due to Covid the number of deaths will be inaccurately low. Basically the populace are being lied to by omission.

as a comparison the whole of the UK reported 2490 new cases yesterday with extensive and widespread testing.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

So if we go buy that the 140 x 10, yes, Japan is number 3 in the world in deaths.

I agree to your general complaining, @Zoroto. But all the other countries have of course the same downplayed numbers i.e. also those 8x...15x higher real numbers. So the relation or ranking would be quite similar.

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

I agree to your general complaining, @Zoroto. But all the other countries have of course the same downplayed numbers i.e. also those 8x...15x higher real numbers. So the relation or ranking would be quite similar.

Yes, but Japan is almost the worst at 10x, only followed by Romania and Kazakhstan. So no, the relation or ranking would not be similar.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

Glad those tens of millions of vaccines are in storage just in case we need them.

I'd be laughing if it wasn't so serious. There are countries which are struggling to get enough vaccines, and here we have, Japan, sitting on millions of them, with Suga and Kono twiddling their thumbs. These politicians are lucky they don't live in a country where criminal politicians are held accountable. Otherwise, they'd be in jail by now.

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@Zoroto

Please show actual evidence that supports this claim, not research and speculation but evidence such a a huge rise in the death rate. Japans fell last year. The amount of deaths cannot be hidden .

-19 ( +3 / -22 )

here we have, Japan, sitting on millions of them

Tens of millions, and tens of millions more delivered soon. Obscene.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Don't the vaccines have a time limit too? So basically they are just going to waste.

And news some months back said that they accidently wasted a few thousand vaccines because the refrigeration unit broke...ha!

Celebrate good times! Cmon!

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Don't understand why falseflagsteve is downvoted so much when asking for facts. I saw this research too, but if the number of deaths went down last year, that would require a bit more research. I also doubt official figures but I don't believe they would erase 100,000 deaths from their stats.

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

There's only so much patience people can do. Parks are full, restaurants are full, the streets are full.

There's no other definition of incompetence except Suga's government.

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@ pim

I doubt that the number of deaths is inaccurate possibly because influenza numbers declining maybe. What people are saying is that the reason for people dying is being hidden. Maybe deaths aren't being recorded as covid related to keep numbers low. We'll never know I'd say. Just guessing.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Updating my previous post. Here we can find the death rate in Japan, https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/JPN/japan/death-rate

Source is the United Nations so I guess we can trust their figures.

Number of deaths per 10,000 people in Japan:

2019 = 10.646 / 2020 = 10.865 / 2021 = 11.085

So it's increasing but there seems to be no acceleration. It's been increasing roughly 2% per year in the last twenty years. So this not really consistent with this Washington research. Why, I have no clue. But I'm going to ask them. I suppose they must have checked that before putting out their figures.

(By the way, I guess it's normal that there are fewer deaths because of the population decrease).

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Sorry, per 1,000 people, not 10,000. Doesn't change the rest though.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Sorry, per 1,000 people, not 10,000. Doesn't change the rest though

Actually that makes my calculation correct. So that's 24,000 increased deaths in 2021.

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Just sent an email to Washington ;-). If they're as serious as they look, these guys must have looked into that already.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

"Glad those tens of millions of vaccines are in storage just in case we need them. "

Had to LOL with that one.

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I hate to say but it takes a lot in Japan to be serious a CCP virus as most thinks it ya joke but hallelujah!!! Time to wake up

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

It’s live or die......don’t be freaking out. And don’t expect jgovt to take care or help.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

@moderator

You left Kumamoto off the list. It had a record 111 cases today.

Moderator: Thank you for pointing that out. It has been added.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Hard lockdowns do not work. Most of Europe had them, and they had huge numbers of cases and related deaths. Whoever asks for lockdowns does not understand basic biology/anatomy, or has no common sense, or both.

Sweden's solution was/is the best: whoever belongs to the vulnerable category stays home and protects him-/herself - and whoever wants, or can afford it, etc. -, and those who need to work, go to school, be active, live life, do so with the corresponding precautions.

Anything else is madness.

And vaccinations DO work. Again, whoever states the contrary ... see above.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

@Pim

Here we can find the death rate in Japan, https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/JPN/japan/death-rate

Does not seem like it is the actual death rate but based on a prospect from 2019.

Obviously we need the data about Japan but the methodology is quite transparent :

Our approach to estimating the total COVID-19 death rate is based on measurement of the excess death rate during the pandemic week by week compared to what would have been expected based on past trends and seasonality. However, the excess death rate does not equal the total COVID-19 death rate. Excess mortality is influenced by six drivers of all-cause mortality that relate to the pandemic and the social distancing mandates that came with the pandemic. These six drivers are: a) the total COVID-19 death rate, that is, all deaths directly related to COVID-19 infection; b) the increase in mortality due to needed health care being delayed or deferred during the pandemic; c) the increase in mortality due to increases in mental health disorders including depression, increased alcohol use, and increased opioid use; d) the reduction in mortality due to decreases in injuries because of general reductions in mobility associated with social distancing mandates; e) the reductions in mortality due to reduced transmission of other viruses, most notably influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, and measles; and f) the reductions in mortality due to some chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease, that occur when frail individuals who would have died from these conditions died earlier from COVID-19 instead.

Another factor to take in account with Japan is the mortality related to climate &co. Anybody know every year we lost bunch of people to natural disasters and weather, including heat waves. As 2020 went, a huge decrease in mortality could have been expected : far less major typhoon, flood, heat wave, ... and everybody being given 100.000 yens around summer thus being able to pay for aircon.

Adding reduced deaths in fields from the quote : one could want to get its hand on the whole data thinking too many people died in Japan in 2020.

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Osaka have a higher mortality rate than India now, and that is with SIGNIFICANTLY less testing. I am willing to bet that Japan at best captures maybe 1/10 of the actual covid deaths numbers due to restrictive testing policies.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/ef9fd9e4f1b83ebbb02fd514f91e2211250b60c6

But no matter how bad Japan gets, the government and media will always say that Japan is doing the best in the world, and the government response is perfect, and anyone who does not praise the government response is committing treason.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

What each time hit goal is the fact that since a few days around 50% of national deaths are from Osaka.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Be responsible to yourself and all around you.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

“The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 85”.

This is the only reliable government number as a minimum. the death rate has quadrupled in the past month - at this level it suggests the real rate of infections are nearer 10,000 to sadly give this fatality level. The virus doesn’t care whether or how many we test or trace - but once infected around 1% will unfortunately succumb. Despite emergency measures ( lol) the golden week surge is in full flight. For most people the virus is mild and an inconvenience- unless you are the 1%.

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On the news there was a Japanese doctor working from his clinic and serving the many COVID patients he said should be hospitalized but were refused as there were no beds. He further added his regular patients could not be seen as often due to all the emergency cases that were COVID related and he had no heart to turn away.

Now there is a report there are millions of unused vaccines sitting in freezers and numbers of COVID cases rising rapidly along with death rates...uggh.

If there are any parents whose children are duo citizens and if your home country is safer get them out of Japan as still there are no online classes and I don't see any in the nearable future. My son who has 3 passports I took him to Guam and he is now staying with a family and going to a very small and private school. I miss him over the moon, however, his safety is my utmost priority.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Maybe the government should began with the younger generation, it’s seemed they are spreading COVID-19.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Do the hustle

Vaccines are nothing without effective control measures. After a week of SOE the new case numbers in Tokyo have nearly tripled to what they were prior to the latest SOE. Vaccines are not a cure! The only way to beat this virus is to stop giving it hosts.

With SOE "ideas" like cramming more people into fewer trains and shortened restaurant hours, what do you expect. And vaccines are a "cure", not for the individual, but for society. Once everyone has either had the disease or is vaccinated against it, there are no more hosts. Is that not obvious?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

 My son who has 3 passports I took him to Guam and he is now staying with a family and going to a very small and private school. I miss him over the moon, however, his safety is my utmost priority.

But my guess is that most of us don't have the money to do this, even if we wanted to.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

In Hyogo, the schools are still open.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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