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Tokyo reports 14,086 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 71,620

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 14,086 new coronavirus cases, up 1,273 from Tuesday and up 6,709 from last Wednesday.

By age group, 3,225 cases were in their 20s, 2,442 in their 30s and 2,213 in their 40s, while 1,600 were aged between 10 and 19, and 1,829 younger than 10.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 18, up four from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 470, up 26 from Tuesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 71,620. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (9,813), Kanagawa (4,794), Aichi (4,663), Hyogo (4,303), Saitama (3,890), Fukuoka (3,615), Chiba (2,621), Kyoto (2,216), Hokkaido (2,091), Shizuoka (1,461), Okinawa (1,256), Hiroshima (1,252), Okayama (876), Ibaraki (861), Gunma (808), Nara (776), Gifu (757), Shiga (703), Niigata (628), Nagasaki (608), Mie (599), Tochigi (594), Nagano (537), Miyazaki (511), Ishikawa (504), Miyagi (496), Saga (426), Yamaguchi (415), Yamanashi (375), Kagawa (370), Aomori (362), Oita (356), Fukushima (338), Ehime (279), Akita (242), Fukui (182), Toyama (170), Tottori (158) and Yamagata (150).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 32.

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Lordy! The truth is coming out!

11 ( +25 / -14 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 18, up four from Tuesday,

EIGHTEEN (18) people in an urban metropolis of about 20 million. And the media keeps telling is we should worry. Fact is, with Omicron being both insanely infectious and mild at the same time, everyone will get in contact with it, and most will not even notice. We can look at countries ahead in the Omicron curve like SA to see how it unfolds.

-21 ( +28 / -49 )

Despite huge case numbers which in no way reflect the true numbers we don’t see the hospitals overwhelmed and large amount of deaths. There may be some increase but these will probably fall within a couple of weeks as the peak is reached and cases fall

If you are non senior you are unlikely to have anything part from cold to flu like symptoms. Less than 1% of unvaccinated need hospitalisation and that includes all ages, all those with serious health health issues including the morbidly obese.

-25 ( +21 / -46 )

Less than 1% of unvaccinated need hospitalisation and that includes all ages, all those with serious health health issues including the morbidly obese.

This entire statement is fact free.

23 ( +41 / -18 )

I tried to get tested today, no fever but have had stomach discomfort and the doctor a couple taps on my stomach and said I was fine, 5 days of medicine and just probably food poisoning. I told him I work in a school with kids, and so, please do the test and without him giving approval there was no way to get the test. My friend is going to buy some PCR rapid tests for me near her house.

19 ( +32 / -13 )

nonu6976

Less than 1% of unvaccinated need hospitalisation and that includes all ages, all those with serious health health issues including the morbidly obese.

This entire statement is fact free.

No, that is what all available statistics say. Do you have other information?

-18 ( +13 / -31 )

God help us when something really bad comes along, like war or the Black Plague or another earthquake, and they are wheelbarrowing out the bodies. That would warrant this kind of daily count.

it just seems so overblown at this stage. And I blame governments, media, and the people. They’re all to blame now,

10 ( +28 / -18 )

Won't matter if it's a million -- so long as they don't call an ACTUAL state of emergency and insist on this "quasi" stuff, they need not do a thing, nor provide any kind of assistance at all. And so long as they do nothing, it'll keep on spreading. Oh, and rumor has it a new variant has been found.

2 ( +16 / -14 )

According to the link above, in Tokyo on 1/23 8,629 PCR tests were conducted. Closer to 20,000 on weekdays last week. We are getting near 75% positivity! Is that good epidemiology there? Might as well just rely on the doctors' diagnosis without a test if almost every test is positive.

9 ( +19 / -10 )

Increasing across the board!

Doesn't look too good now, does it?

Obese or not, you can get "hit" by the virus, some more, some less.

2 ( +16 / -14 )

Why do they always report the number by age group for everyone under 50, but not the over 50 crowd? It's the elderly that are more likely to have a bad run with covid.

14 ( +21 / -7 )

The Japanese government is doing its darnedest the minimize the effects of the pandemic, seemingly assisted by a brigade of copy pasters with names suggesting that this government is actually engaging in fear mongering conspiracy.

I think most would hope that the Japanese government took a more pro-active, comprehensive and socially-conscious approach to their pandemic measures.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Klausdorth

It looks fine as we have seen in South Africa it is a short wave with far less deaths and severe cases than previous ones. Good news is that those who have already had Covid are usually better protected than those with two jabs, slightly less than those with booster though.

Omicron is mild, whether you choose to believe that or not. It also provides good protection against Delta. A very mild highly contagious variant is far preferable than the opposite option.

-7 ( +17 / -24 )

no fever but have had stomach discomfort

How is that related to Covid symptoms?

Nobody will do a Corona test according a stomach ache without any fever.

-9 ( +10 / -19 )

Only in Japan do cases not double every two or three days. LOL

8 ( +18 / -10 )

And the media keeps telling is we should worry

You keep telling us that the media keeps telling is we should worry.

If you stopped telling us that people keep telling us that we should worry then we probably wouldn't be as worried as you are.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Foreigner

We probably have a few million currently infected in Japan, it will not be a long dragged out wave. Case numbers are irrelevant really, it’s so contagious it is ripping through the country. Most won’t know they are infected and will go about their daily business and whilst doing so will infect others etc etc.

Alos the younger people you speak about will be infecting their families and those while they are out, neighbours, store workers and teachers.

-1 ( +18 / -19 )

More evidence that the cases go up as the vaccination rate goes up.

-14 ( +15 / -29 )

@Foreigner

The virus is not likely acting differently here. It's the testing that is different. Infections have been underreported this entire pandemic in Japan. That's not going to change. So testing is irrelevant to the reals ebbs and flow of infections. Other countries with more robust data have seen the cases explode and then turn down after 4-5 weeks. No reason to think it will be different here.

19 ( +22 / -3 )

@Foreigner In Tokyo

It just appears to be rising slowly in Japan do to their hopelessly inadequate testing regime. There's without a doubt at least three time as many cases in reality. The slow, protracted rise we see is due to poor record keeping.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

lliBToday  04:54 pm JST

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 18, up four from Tuesday,

EIGHTEEN (18) people in an urban metropolis of about 20 million. And the media keeps telling is we should worry. Fact is, with Omicron being both insanely infectious and mild at the same time, everyone will get in contact with it, and most will not even notice. We can look at countries ahead in the Omicron curve like SA to see how it unfolds.

How many times do you people have to be educated? Quit doubling the population of Tokyo to suit your own narrative. At most there are 13-14 million. Still the point of 18:13,000,000 is a better ratio than many other issues IMO.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Me on packed train full of sardines and licking my fingers and not covering my face completely on the trains and yet i dont have any snffiles here in tokyo. It just doesnt add up with this fear mongering numbers/

-8 ( +12 / -20 )

Bubonam Justin Kayce: "Still the point of 18:13,000,000 is a better ratio than many other issues IMO."

Dude... 20,000 tests were reportedly given, and more than 12,000 cases found. That's not 18:13,000,000, it's more than 12,000:20,000, or getting close to 75%. Now, you give a test to EVERYONE in Tokyo and only 12,000 + test positive, you have grounds to stand on. Until then, don't forget they don't even have the tests to give -- they are now relying on doctor's opinions on symptoms, and saying they won't test kids at all unless very ill.

3 ( +16 / -13 )

Im lucky i seem to be immune to covid and not once vaxxed

-5 ( +12 / -17 )

Why are there so few critically ill in Tokyo when in Osaka the number is almost 300? Is there a big Covid hospital there or something? Are Osaka people getting more sick because they like to talk more?

6 ( +11 / -5 )

It just appears to be rising slowly in Japan do to their hopelessly inadequate testing regime."

Indeed that's the case..bureaucratic ineptitude causing major delays and shortages ...as always.

From Asahi news article today -

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Jan. 25 said 33,000 administrative tests were carried out the previous day. Tokyo officials have estimated that up to 71,000 tests per day will be needed during the current sixth wave of the pandemic, They said the metropolitan government has a capacity to handle 100,000 tests a day in the capital.

But with the surge caused by the Omicron variant, the metropolitan government has urged public health centers to prioritize the tests for familial infection cases and patients at risk of developing severe symptoms. As a result, the number of close-contact people who should take an administrative test has narrowed, and the number of such tests conducted has fallen far below the metropolitan government’s estimate. 

Metropolitan officials aimed to conduct 30,000 tests a day at pharmacies and other locations under this project, but only around 8,500 daily tests have been done, and the waiting lists for testing have grown.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

Instead of those daily phantasy numbers I am much more interested to find that damned booster vaccination letter in my postbox quickly. That’s where some minimum efforts should be put on now! Numbers that fit I can produce myself.

0 ( +9 / -9 )

Nothing's going to stop it now. At least the symptoms for Omicron are mild, so if you get it, chances are you'll be fine. No need to panic. The sky's not falling.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

We need to observe reality. Bars and restaurants closing at 9pm and no alcohol after 8pm has had zero impact on case reduction. As cases are higher than ever.

I know people don’t want to hear that but it’s what we see.

4 ( +16 / -12 )

"and the doctor a couple taps on my stomach and said I was fine, 5 days of medicine and just probably food poisoning. I told him I work in a school with kids,"

So, basically, medicine, science e and doctors in Japan are a joke.

Why do you want to live in such a place baffles me though!

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

We are getting near 75% positivity!

Has is it not been explained that the so-called "Positivity Rate" that is exclusively referred to on this board is of no statistical relevance whatsoever?

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Has is it not been explained that the so-called "Positivity Rate" that is exclusively referred to on this board is of no statistical relevance whatsoever?

Why are they publishing it then?

2 ( +8 / -6 )

And the media keeps telling is we should worry. 

"The media' do your reading and interpret what you read FOR you? You must have a very special relationship with them. But to me it sounds more like those at the margins of reality who say one of their imaginary demons made them commit whichever hideous act.

"Media" is a plural word, free Individuals can choose whichever media sources they want and easily find a variety of sources fitting their worldview, however tiny that worldview might be. Unless they live in North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia or another authoritarian state, or work for one of those states and just read what they are told to read..

3 ( +8 / -5 )

Why are they publishing it then?

Who has published this "Positivity Rate"? Honest question - please let me know.

Unless I'm wrong - please correct me if I am - the "Positivity Rate" is the percentage of people who have tested positive out of a number of people who have sought tests that changes on a day to day basis.

What possible statistical relevance could be inferred from this number?

It's not being published because it's not statistically relevant.
-5 ( +3 / -8 )

What's causing the COVID death rates in the US?

Being unvaccinated and unhealthy. If you're old or overweight and unvaccinated, omicron is still a dangerous virus. If you're young, healthy and vaccinated omicrom is not much to worry about.

As much as antivaxers love to pound the table with stats showing the vaccines don't prevent infection or reduce spread, they are missing the important point. The vaccines do offer excellent protection from serious disease. Even without a booster.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

This is all very boring now folks...

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Ummmm 18 people in hospital…wow what’s the hype about??

-6 ( +9 / -15 )

I am watching co-workers going out and eating lunch together. Only a matter of time before they get infected and bring the virus into the office. Sigh when will the government realize the virus is just as active in the day than it is at night.

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

So Japan has almost 500,000 active cases.

Does anybody here believe with all the hankoing and faxing going on, this is something they can manage?

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Open borders in March, please, thanks. International business would like to resume. Nothing to see here on this wave.

3 ( +10 / -7 )

What amazes me is that even with new records like this being hit every day and the mass panic and despair the government and the media are propagating. The Japanese government remains fixed on its policy of not pushing forward the vaccine boosters. Whilst other countries have moved it forward to 3 /4 months so people can get vaccinated now and before and the current wave, Japan remains fixed on 7/8 months which will ensure most people cannot get their boosters till after the current wave has subsided. How ridiculous. Or maybe they are just up on current science and numbers that appears to show the booster do not really work much against Omicron anyhow,

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

njinosebleed - Ummmm 18 people in hospital…wow what’s the hype about??

If you were one of the 18 I’m pretty sure you’d be hyped!

there are quite a few posts about low hospitalization numbers and how insignificant they seem to think they are. Many people died at home during the Delta outbreak because they could not get a hospital bed. This is the case with Omicron too. Only the severely ill are hospitalized. Every one else has to suffer at home. There are also many comments about omicron being less severe. If you consider having a fever for two to three weeks and a cough that will last for three to four months less severe then perhaps you should catch covid to prove the physicians wrong.

-6 ( +7 / -13 )

If you consider having a fever for two to three weeks and a cough that will last for three to four months less severe then perhaps you should catch covid to prove the physicians wrong.

No, this is not Omicron. Omicron is asymptomatic for most. For me and my family it was on par with a mild cold.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Get your - votes ready . It is not okay nor factual that unless you’re elderly or have other medical conditions or simply obese that you have nothing to worry about . The time to panic is here . The time to be vigilant is here . This omicron variant is highly contagious and is infecting people of all age groups . With over 500k in active cases that are known about , the healthcare system will soon be near the brink . PCR testing supplies are already limited . So limited that the jgov told healthcare providers just yesterday to “assume certain symptoms means Covid.” The “daijobu” attitude of nationals has infected some of you foreigners with a dangerous “don’t worry” attitude. Shame on those of you spreading misinformation and suggesting that it’s okay if it’s only killing the elderly. Most of these deaths could be minimized and/or prevented if people would just start to care. This is not just a problem here in Japan . It just shocks me at the utter disregard for others .

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

44,692 Positive cases nationwide…

If all the people who entered Japan today, plus all the people who entered Japan yesterday, but really absolutely all of them, for some magical reason tested positive despite all of them having tested negative within the previous 72 hours and were left out in the wild taking public transportation, going to the office and schools and onsen etc…it would still be less cases than today’s community spread. But thank god those border measures are protecting us, the people of Japan approve the strong Prime Minister’s decision huhuuu

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Everyone hysterical and in a panic as usual

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

Considering Omicron wave as just a flu wave is a terrible idea.

Wildly circulating viruses are prone to mutate more, potentially to a more deadly variant, lowering the vaccines protection as well. Sars-cov-2 has proven it can be deadly and not seasonal.

A new mutation could target different population than the current vulnerable one.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

What surprises me is how low Japan's booster rate is (2.1%) and how little that seems to be making the news. That's even much lower than Lebanon and Albania and nowhere near other developed countries. Not surprised at all numbers are rising and expect it to continue for quite some time.

https://ig.ft.com/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker/?areas=gbr&areas=isr&areas=usa&areas=eue&areas=are&areas=chn&areas=chl&cumulative=1&doses=total&populationAdjusted=1

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Please help. I feel afraid too much anxiety to exit home. Can Omicron enter from windows? I closed everything shut off everything but still worry. I m stress.

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Loving to see opinions be so different.

We know figures are fiddled because old oyaji Japanese politicians can't take any initiatives except doing sakoku which pleases theirs voters.

RIP to the increasing number of deaths.

I think there is no way one can fight such virus so living normally and abiding by the health measures is what needs to be done (ban large groups). Let people live their lives otherwise.

One should avoid the public means of transport because how on hell can you avoid the effect of a bad cough from the neighbour jsutbeside you.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

I am actually wondering, if Tokyo / Chiba and Kanagawa made the testing capacity 100 000 test a day would people actually take the test ?

I am really not sure as many here would prefer not to be detected even if they were positive and to not become a positive or create contact case. As far as I know still few companies offer flexible WFH policies and government didn’t ask to limit commuting or switch to online work and meetings when possible.

What is Salary man Kintaro supposed to tell his boss if he is tested positive with Covid ? Does he get sick leave or the possibility to wfh ? Also no kids at school… well he would rather not be tested event with a little fever and a cough. Gaman Shimasu, come stamp the inkan on the fax and fax it back.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

I hope the best for the 17 serious cases but that is no reason to clamp down on the border or force restaurants to take the blame.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

I go out daily enjoying myself whilst taking sensible precautions of course.

Not going to live in fear like some say here from this virus, if it was much more deadly I would possibly make a different decision.

Life Is for living not hiding, and it seems the vast majority, in Jalan at least, feel the same .

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

jkctlr89

Maybe paranoid about foreigners but not about Covid. Don’t see the government and media turning into nut jobs trying to shame people into do what they want.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

I don’t get why people would expect the same country that stops alcohol at 7pm thinking its an actual solution…..to just open up the borders to everyone now?

snall hint: if bars aren’t open yet neither will borders be.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

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