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Tokyo reports 116 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 600

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 116 new cases of the coronavirus, down 121 from Sunday.

The number is the result of 4,793 tests conducted on March 5.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 46, down six from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 380.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 600. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Chiba (73), Saitama (65), Hokkaido (63), Kanagawa (59), Osaka (38) and Miyagi (29.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 45.

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Come on, now surprise me with sinking, negative numbers...lol

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Weekend numbers, but great to see they are low.

Hokkaido numbers don't look good today though, over 60 cases.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

very, very low. this is amazing news.
-13 ( +8 / -21 )

Let me say it now & get it out of the way -

’the government has manipulated the numbers’

‘Test numbers are too low’

’we need more tests’

Ok, hopefully these will appease all the doomsayers

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

’the government has manipulated the numbers’

‘Test numbers are too low’

’we need more tests’

You are absolutely right. Agree 100%.

6 ( +16 / -10 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 46, down six from Sunday,

Tokyo has requested the SOE extension by claiming that its bed capacity is near full with only about 50 or fewer covid patients. Unbelievable. The half smaller city Osaka, ahead off the SOE, has to date 73 serious patients. The real problem has more to do with bureaucratic red-tapes and lack of exit strategy.

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@noriahojanen

Completely agree, and going by the large increases in foot traffic as do an increasing number of people

3 ( +4 / -1 )

As expected, listening to and following all the dictums from Japanese government authorities are paying off.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Dont know about results past days if similar but low positive rate today, might mean a substantial proportion of tests didnt pass thru strict govt screening

0 ( +1 / -1 )

’the government has manipulated the numbers’

‘Test numbers are too low’

’we need more tests’

thanks! very helpful.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Tokyo has requested the SOE extension by claiming that its bed capacity is near full with only about 50 or fewer covid patients. Unbelievable. The half smaller city Osaka, ahead off the SOE, has to date 73 serious patients. The real problem has more to do with bureaucratic red-tapes and lack of exit strategy.

... Or maybe because its definition of 'serious', like its criteria for 'earning' a test, are so restrictive that in fact a number of 'mild' cases are also sick enough to need a hospital bed.

And the lack of exit strategy, too true - this includes a strong test, trace and isolate strategy and widespread free testing ... the way they have bungled it so far, all they can do is like turning a tap off and on, over and over. SoE - numbers drop, end SoE, numbers rise back up.

Anyway, just another symptom of selective facts and numbers that don't make sense.

But hey, there will be enough vaccine for everyone by June. Also, everyone should be vaccinated by the end of the year. Yeah, that adds up. Not.

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If it is true that people aren't dying in the hundreds or thousands each day due to Covid in Japan, then something is going right. The UK peaked at 1,820 deaths in one day in January (and has about half the population of Japan), the US peaked at about 4,400 deaths a day in January (and has 3 times the population of Japan) and Japan peaked at 108 deaths on one day in January. Those numbers are not even close to being in the same league. Let's hope those peaks are never eclipsed in the future.

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If it is true that people aren't dying in the hundreds or thousands each day due to Covid in Japan, then something is going right.

Less comorbidities thanks to an healthier food diet.

QED

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gakinotsukaiToday  06:42 pm JST

If it is true that people aren't dying in the hundreds or thousands each day due to Covid in Japan, then something is going right.

Less comorbidities thanks to an healthier food diet.

This is the proverbial elephant in the room. Even if the government is fudging the figures, we're still seeing a predictable fall in numbers that never got even close to the heights seen in the US and Europe. I think strong immune systems supported by a healthy diet has played a huge factor in protecting most Japanese from this virus.

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The low death rate in Japan cannot be explained by a lack of testing

7 ( +8 / -1 )

I don't understand this argument that there isn't enough testing.

Are you insinuating the government and hospitals are conspiring to cover up pandemic deaths? If so where are they hiding all the massive dead positive patients?

0 ( +4 / -4 )

At this point your have a better chance of getting some adverse reactions from the Mrna shot than even getting covid-19, a flu that has an extremely low death rate.

Games up. Time to take off the masks.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Yes things are great now. Until the next wave that is

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/japan-vaccine-delay-coronavirus-variants/2021/03/06/2a0248cc-7b65-11eb-8c5e-32e47b42b51b_story.html

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Whatsnext

If you can prove mask wearing in Japan hasn't helped keep numbers down, then maybe some would listen. But while you are gathering your evidence, better to keep that mask on.

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@anon99999

that Washington Post ‘article” quotes a doctor who quite frankly made a fool of himself last year with dire predictions for Japan that never came to be.

this is just more nonsense by the western, mostly American, media that can’t come to grips with the fact that their countries have totally failed in efforts to combat the virus.

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The Washington Post article is for an American audience that does not want to hear about countries that handled the crisis far, far better than they did. Apart from around Tokyo and Osaka almost all of the country is Covid-free. Japan has done quite well. Of course, starting up GoTo Trouble (sorry Travel) will soon change that again.

Vaccines are another matter. Japan's lackadaisical approach is pathetic. Kono and others blame the EU for a lack of Pfizer vaccines but no one seems to point out that this is a US company with US factories and almost all of the US output stays in the US. Well, let's face it, they do need it more than any one else.

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covid-19, a flu that has an extremely low death rate.

Stop focusing on death.

Covid-19 can have long lasting crippling effects (short breath, migraine, coughing ...) that doesn't not have a regular flu generally.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

"the government has manipulated the numbers’"

But of course, they can't prove it. And when the numbers were at 7000 a day In January, they were not saying the numbers were manipulated.

‘Test numbers are too low’

and

’we need more tests’

Yet again, they totally ignored the fact that there is no correlation between the number of test you conduct and the number of deaths.

In fact fewer Japanese died during the pandemic. A simple fact that they can't rebut.

Accept the facts. Japan beat covid 19.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

Only a few vaccines to test on their population so they can pull out once the truth on how deadly and crippling they are come out.

Let’s hope the truth comes out much sooner rather than later

0 ( +4 / -4 )

You have to give credit to Suga-san. The coronavirus just isn't gaining traction in Japan under his watch and due to his measured policies.

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At this point your have a better chance of getting some adverse reactions from the Mrna shot than even getting covid-19, a flu that has an extremely low death rate.

Any source of this? I mean for any adverse reaction above slight fever and pain of course, most people would be much more worried about a visit to the ICU from the infection than getting chills from a vaccine.

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Turn off your TV and watch ALL “corona virus” numbers disappear like magic. In fact without your tv you would have NO idea there was a “corona virus”.

brothers and sisters, remember your momma telling you not to watch so much tc when you were young? They were right but we did it anyway. Now look at us and the world.

turn off your TV set and think for yourself

loveissent

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Turn of your TV not tc :)

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Turn off your TV and watch ALL “corona virus” numbers disappear like magic.

So your solution for the pandemic is denial and live in ignorance up to the point where the disease affects you personally?

Not exactly the most productive advice, for anything. Be it the pandemic, crime, pollution, corruption, etc. All problems "disappear" as long as you try your best to remain ignorant about them.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

without your tv you would have NO idea there was a “corona virus”.

My friend's child died. Such comments are insensitive to the very real deaths, and the very real families dealing from the fallout of those deaths.

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