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Tokyo reports 1,410 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,886

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 1,410 new coronavirus cases, up 139 from Friday. It is the highest number of cases since Jan 21 when 1,485 were reported.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 1,012.

People in their 20s (469 cases), their 30s (311) and their 40s (232) accounted for the highest numbers, while 171 cases were aged under 19.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 59, up six from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 382, up six from Friday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 3,886. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (539), Osaka (380), Saitama (318), Chiba (244), Hyogo (122), Hokkaido (111), Okinawa (81), Aichi (75), Fukuoka (60), Kyoto (52), Tochigi (48), Ibaraki (45) and Miyagi (34).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 16.

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The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 59, up six from Friday, health officials said. 

Well this is concerning. I hope the vaccine rollout is accelerated.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

Is there really a shortage of vaccines?

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That's the highest daily total since mid-January.

Cue John Williams's "Olympics Fanfare."

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Shinkansen,

I think it’s the infrastructure that is lacking which (to me anyway) is even more infuriating. The government had well over a year to get ready and they don’t have a system set up to rapidly vaccinate the general public.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

“I will stand at the frontline of the battle while I get the people’s cooperation.”

Suga pledged to achieve the Olympics as “a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.”

Oops?

14 ( +18 / -4 )

Suga pledged to achieve the Olympics as “a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.”

Have you noticed in the last 2 weeks all the nonsensical slogans have stopped? Now they are not even trying to pretend it's not all about the money.

13 ( +20 / -7 )

Now, finally show a little mercy and cancel those games. How can you still insist in continuing with those numbers and rising cases within the athletes and the Olympic village too? Are you crazy, obsessed, Satan in person, or altogether? Stop it now, damned!

7 ( +13 / -6 )

71.7% under 50 years old. This rate keeps climbing. It means that the elderly are MUCH more protected than in earlier in the year. This is proven by the reduced number of deaths and serious cases.

The likelihood of an under-50 year old succumbing to Corona is statistically low, especially if they have taken care of themselves. Most of the young people won't even know they have it.

Things are getting better despite the "scary" 4 digit number in a population of over 12M people.

It isn't the end of the world. Nothing is shut down and we should be thankful for that.

-23 ( +8 / -31 )

Where is Koike?

10 ( +17 / -7 )

Now, finally show a little mercy and cancel those games.

We are so far beyond the point of cancelling the Big Undokai I'm afraid. It has simply become a case study in human greed and incompetence.

It isn't the end of the world.

Is that how bad a situation needs to become for you to acknowledge it as being a problem? What about for people for who it will be the end of the world? Or are non-you people unimportant?

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Zoroto

She is probably busy getting her outfit ready and getting her hair done for the opening ceremony. She’s gotta look good as the world will be watching.

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Please read my comments from last week to present. My words, unfortunately, we’re spot on. My doctor friend told me last Friday there would be a thousand cases a day. Unofficially, he said the cases are much higher. My friend wo works in the kuakusho said there will be 2000 cases a day after the Olympics.

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@AshleyShiba

I know your intentions are good, but you make it sound like you have some inside intelligence that no one else has. But, your doctor and kuakusho friends are only telling you what the average person can reasonably foresee for themselves. There are plenty of posters here making the same calls. They don't need a doctor or local official to tell them.

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Please read my comments from last week to present. My words, unfortunately, we’re spot on. My doctor friend told me last Friday there would be a thousand cases a day. Unofficially, he said the cases are much higher. My friend wo works in the kuakusho said there will be 2000 cases a day after the Olympics.

You can bet there are already more than 2000 in Tokyo but that has no meaning when the majority are connected to young, healthy adults and children. The worst is behind us as the elderly are getting protected quickly. Most of the elderly (over 50%) are FULLY vaccinated and over 70% have had at least one shot. I don't think personal or anecdotal predictions add to the situation. It is best to look at the numbers we know.

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More increases.

It won't get any better in the near future! Expect worse latest mid September!

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@Pim : small day-to-day increases...really??? As I said, compared to earlier in the year and you will see significant drops in serious cases and deaths. This is all due to vaccinations and the fact it is mainly the young who are infected now.

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

Most of the young people won't even know they have it.

Then how come they're showing up in the testing? You need to be showing pretty strong symptoms to be sent for a test.

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Oh boy! Here they go! The Covid cases are rapidly increasing to an out of control pandemic. People have got to stay home! Everybody!

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

There really is no way to spin this. It’s bad. Very bad. And when Japan’s notoriously brittle health care system hits the breaking point, people will be dying in their homes because there won’t be a place to treat them.

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@N.M. Even if COVID is less severe on a younger population, the more people get infected, the more likely a variant that resist to the current vaccine will appear. And which point, all the progress to protect the people at risk (e.g. the elderly) will be for naught.

As long as you believe this. It surely has not been proven. Let's look at what we know.

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GdTokyoToday  06:22 pm JST

There really is no way to spin this. It’s bad. Very bad. And when Japan’s notoriously brittle health care system hits the breaking point, people will be dying in their homes because there won’t be a place to treat them.

To treat who? The elderly are well on their way to be protected. People under 50 (which is 70%+ of the cases) statistically don't end up in the hospital, or worse off dead. Be thankful things are getting better.

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There really is no way to spin this. It’s bad. Very bad. 

No it is not ! 80% of the 65+ are vaccinated . It is not that bad, it is medium bad.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

Just 59 people with severe symptoms out of the population of 12 million. What are they making all the fuss about? Even if you get infected, if you don’t develop the symptoms you’re in good shape.

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

Similar to taking an unapproved vaccine? One that we don’t know what happens later from it?

but at what cost to their long term health?

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

Choice of each persons.

When the vaccine meant you can’t get corona and didn’t have to wear a mask anymore and we could go back to normal life- it might have been worth it to me.

then it was well you can still get corona it just won’t be as bad. So wear a mask still anyway.

then it was oh by the way you can die from the vaccine. and we don’t have the data on long term side effects yet.

all this for something I’m 95% not sure to catch and 99% sure to be ok in 1-2 weeks? No thanks, for me. Do what you like though.

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

all this for something I’m 95% not sure to catch

I'm not going to weigh into the vaccine debate here... but I'm 95% sure you're underestimating your chances of catching the virus.

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1400 cases. 14 million population. What percentage is that? It’s easy math. Would need 280,000 cases to even get to 5%. But to each his own.

olympics are going on still. It’s “safe” they promised, right?

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the more people get infected, the more likely a variant that resist to the current vaccine will appear.

-As long as you believe this. It surely has not been proven. Let's look at what we know.

Yes, let's look at what we know.

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/a-new-strain-of-coronavirus-what-you-should-know

As long as the coronavirus spreads through the population, mutations will continue to happen.

The more people who are infected, the more chances there are for a mutation to occur.

The vaccines are proving to be effective against Covid.

Pity then that Japan is slowing down the pace of vaccinations. And that there appear to not be enough to go around.

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It’s easy math. Would need 280,000 cases to even get to 5%.

That's the thing with math. Any dummy can use a calculator, but not everyone knows what to put into it.

I'll help you out a little. Stop trying to calculate your odds of catching the virus by using a single day's infection count.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

FYI:

16th Feb 2021 = 101 deaths

16th Mar 2021 = 57 deaths

16th Apr 2021 = 46 deaths

16th May 2021 = 47 deaths

16th Jun 2021 = 80 deaths

16th Jul 2021 = 10 deaths

You read it right first time. 10 deaths.

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

“I will stand at the frontline of the battle while I get the people’s cooperation.”

Suga pledged to achieve the Olympics as “a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.”

Oops?

Suga also promised back in winter he will bring corona virus under control without a doubt and that he will cancel the OG if cases increase. Then again he had always been a professional bs artist.

And who can forget Shinzo proudly proclaiming " the superior Japanese model has beaten the virus " back in May 2020. Both totally hopeless as " leaders" in a crisis.

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I used almost the highest daily number this year. Would you prefer I use a lower one?

my chance of catching it today is based on today’s conditions. Which appears to be around 0.001% in Tokyo.

Stop trying to calculate your odds of catching the virus by using a single day's infection count.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Fasten your seatbelts it's only going to get worse, and the sadist thing about it is this government had 6 months to get ready and be able to keep these numbers at minimum but I really doubt it.

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6 months? More like a year. Total clowns

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1400 cases. 14 million population. What percentage is that? It’s easy math. Would need 280,000 cases to even get to 5%. But to each his own.

There are 2281 people in hospitals with COVID in Tokyo. That sounds like a lot of doctor, nurses and other medical professionals who could be treating other patients are tied up treating this preventable disease.

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Is it “preventable”? I heard you can still get it even if you are vaccinated, no?

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

After reason some of these comments, I am not hopeful for the future. You all believe this virus, with a 98% survivability rate, age depending of course, for younger people it’s higher, is actually as severe as they say it is...I mean seriously, stop with the drama. We will all die someday, just kick back and enjoy the ride. No need to fear what you can’t control.

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

Is it “preventable”? I heard you can still get it even if you are vaccinated, no?

Hospitalization is almost completely preventable. But I am sure you already know that.

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“Almost” completely preventable?

like only 2281 people hospitalized out of 14 million preventable? (0.0016%)

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Of note, 15 people arriving into Japan tested positive at the airports today as well.

Wonder how many were Olympic related?

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like only 2281 people hospitalized out of 14 million preventable? (0.0016%)

I am happy to see another person who was not sleeping at school.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Cancel the Olympics, save lives.

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It is time for Japan to act responsibly in the face of the current shortage of vaccines and increasing Delta cases. We can't wait for more trials when evidence of Ivermectin working fairly well as a prophylactic is right there under our noses. This medicine "Made In Japan" could save us from another very problematic wave. We have nothing to lose, start distribution of at home kits like what they did in other countries.

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TARA TAN KITAOKAToday  07:07 am JST

Cancel the Olympics, save lives.

Tokyo is the largest city in the world, over 35 million people living there. 1410 new cases of people getting sick is 3000 too many. I don't care what anybody says.

Call the Games off NOW.

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