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Tokyo reports 18,287 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 97,833

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 18,287 new coronavirus cases, up 1,174 from Tuesday and down 3,289 from last Wednesday.

By age group, 2,899 cases were in their 20s, 2,997 in their 30s, 2,995 in their 40s and 1,759 in their 50s, while 2,105 were aged between 10 and 19, and 3,157 younger than 10.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 59, up eight from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 1,212, up 71 from Tuesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 97,833. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (15,264), Kanagawa (7,252), Aichi (6,287), Hyogo (6,135), Fukuoka (5,002), Saitama (4,944), Chiba (4,741), Hokkaido (3,606), Kyoto (2,996), Shizuoka (1,906), Nara (1,595), Ibaraki (1,531), Okayama (1,131), Gifu (940), Miyagi (934), Shiga (916), Gunma (892), Kumamoto (884), Mie (880), Tochigi (854), Kagoshima (721), Okinawa (694), Nagano (690), Niigata (620), Saga (547), Fukushima (541), Ishikawa (540), Aomori (498), Wakayama (496), Nagasaki (485), Kagawa (414), Oita (391), Miyazaki (344), Kochi (286), Ehime (260), Yamagata (251), Fukui (224), Tokushima (186) and Iwate (175).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 162.

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Should be 20000 by Friday.

1 ( +10 / -9 )

first time we are down week on week I believe - wouldn't be surprised if we are past the peak now.

13 ( +24 / -11 )

Nice to confirm we have peaked and serious cases are still very low. Now end the QSOE and open the border.

-10 ( +13 / -23 )

klausdorth

while we can expect case numbers to fall it takes a couple, if weeks until the fall is reflected in severe cases and deaths.

-11 ( +9 / -20 )

klausdorth

No, I don’t agree. Peak is case numbers is happening but sever cases and deaths will peaks 2 to 3 weeks later

-5 ( +12 / -17 )

A drop from last week. The virus has peaked, and watch numbers drop considerably over the next week or two.

-6 ( +10 / -16 )

Nice to confirm we have peaked

It's called tests capping, this is how you create a peak

6 ( +16 / -10 )

first time we are down week on week I believe - wouldn't be surprised if we are past the peak now.

-3

not sure why I am getting down voted for stating something that is very likely true.

a. The percentage increase from week to week has been getting smaller and smaller.

b. This is the first time the week to week count has gone down (and by over 3000)

c. This amount of time (4-5 weeks) matches what has been seen overseas (and Okinawa) before the numbers started going down.

You can argue the peak has been reached only because of limited testing (probably true), nonetheless there is a strong likelihood it has.

-3 ( +10 / -13 )

Cases are down now compared to last week. The initial descent has started.

4 ( +13 / -9 )

Almost a third of the cases are among kids (0-19), who represent only about 16% of the population. On top of that, it's clear that a significant proportion of the adults got it from their kids. That being the case, it probably is time to stop leaning on the hospitality industry and let the restaurants and bars go about their business.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

@nomu6976

There is no peak, because the testing is near to non-existent.

The numbers are in a rollercoaster up-and-down in all craziness.

These 18,287 positives are coming from the 7,387 people tested in Tokyo on 2/6

Try to make sense of that!

-5 ( +11 / -16 )

yakyak

Should be 20000 by Friday.

Probably more. A lot more, if there was more testing. We know the pattern from countries that are ahead in the curve. Omicon will infect everyone but put only very few in hospital. In countries ahead in the curve, infection and hospitalization graphs have completely decoupled. Another couple of weeks ahead with the media reporting ever more infection, and then a steep drop.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

It's called tests capping, this is how you create a peak

which is exactly why case count is not the way to measure severity. It is by serious cases which as of today is 58. 58 in a the largest city in the world is a statistical zero.

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

A peak in case numbers for Tokyo now would align well with the Okinawa model.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Almost a third of the cases are among kids (0-19), who represent only about 16% of the population. On top of that, it's clear that a significant proportion of the adults got it from their kids.

Agreed.

That being the case, it probably is time to stop leaning on the hospitality industry and let the restaurants and bars go about their business.

What? Stop leaning on the artificial Jgovt scapegoat? No way.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

It may be wiser to wait for data that is widely verifiable.

National effective reproduction number at 1.15 , Tokyo 1.14.

If graph trends continue in current direction we may hit 1.0 very soon.

Hopefully.

https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

while 2,105 were aged between 10 and 19, and 3,157 younger than 10.

Jgov need to immediately install doormen on all bars to stop these children younger than 10 from drinking alcohol after 8pm. 3157 somehow managed to sneak in and catch covid.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Focusing on basic precautions largely makes sense.

The central question, for me at least, seems to be why the Japanese government will not restrict commuter flows and definitively cut down on transmission.

Instead choosing the quasi-emergency conditions restricting social venues only.

And giving a reason to divert taxpayer funds to these landowning establishments as their only pandemic measure. Other nations have not narrowed their focus in such a manner.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

 The key take away from any of this is Japanese people are catching Omicron and it's spreading.

!00 percent correct!

7 ( +9 / -2 )

"The cases have peaked"... because an insufficient number of tests that were taken suggests it. None of you have the faintest idea what's actually going on, nor do the people in charge. Unless there is a legitimate sample size of tests taken, it's conjecture.

You seem to think there's some testing conspiracy but has this not been proven to be totally unfounded by past waves? (i.e., case numbers are quite high now and if you believed there was a limit on tests, then they should have stopped by the time we reached peak Delta case numbers.)

There isn't some mandatory government imposed limit on tests. When people get sick enough to go to a doctor, they get tested and voila you have your case numbers for the day. So actually we do have a good idea of when the waves peak and when they subside.

Look at Okinawa, Yamaguchi, and Hiroshima which were all ahead of Tokyo on this wave.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Please Japan Today tell me something about the Soe and Japan plan to control Covid. What they are doing??

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Not sure why people care so much about infection count and the "scandal" of testing.

Just take a look at the hospitalisation count https://covid19japan.com/ and see if it's aligning,

"Two data points don't make a trend" as they say but if you map the data based on any specific day of the week we seem to see it shallowing out. It suggests that the peak is close, or perhaps this is it.

That said, perhaps it's just a ledge in the graph and it will climb again like in late 2020.

My feeling is that we will have a good spring and numbers will be down. we'll know they are down not from testing or infections which I'm sure will be down but from hospitalizations, bed counts and other more reliable data.

Then we'll see if there is another wave in summer... do we care? Some do I guess

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

Please stop with the "they are not testing nonsense" At least in Tokyo.

https://tokyo-kensasuishin.jp/img/business.pdf

190 walk in test on demand facilities in Tokyo. This is EXTRA to the usual clinics and hospitals you are sent to if you call the official covid hotline or visit your local doctor.

Not sure about the rest of the country or in the past but if you want a test in Tokyo its EASY now.

There are of course many who are infested and are not too bad so just stay home, as well as those who don't feel too bad and just go about their business infecting others. Just like every other country.

BTW Public health officials were predicting end of Feb/first week of March for the peak so if we have already maxed out then good news.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Please stop with the "they are not testing nonsense" At least in Tokyo.

the constant whingers have been repeating this for the past two years. They’ve got Nothing better to do.

-6 ( +7 / -13 )

I tested positive for corona two weeks ago. I'll tell you what the numbers mean to me -- 18,287 other people who have to go through the same period of illness and isolation.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

In Chiba specifically they need to loosen their Covid patient admittance. Also this is not just a cold or flu. Post Covid syndrome can impact anyone, even those with minimal acute symptoms and post Covid syndrome has a laundry list of symptoms that are not pleasant and sometimes can be life threatening. I’m doubly vaxxed and got omnicron. I never got pnmonia but definitely have post Covid problems. Anxiety due to ardinal gland getting impacted. I also have arythmiya (which both are said to go away with time). This is not a strain to take lightly at all. Luckily I think I found a good doctor for my recovery. I’m also told not to exercise for 90 days.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Thank you.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

You don’t hear anyone talking about it. Is the levelling out of infections partly due to the shortage of test kits as reported at the end of a January.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Or the number of people not bothering to get a check.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 162.

The point of the article is here. A daily record of death.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

The point of the article is here. A daily record of death.

If somebody gets run down by a bus and is transported to hospital, tested and comes back positive for covid then dies two days later of his / her injuries, are they included in this number?.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 162.

The point of the article is here. A daily record of death.

I usually just check back for this update.

Higher than yesterday's and it may be updated later still.

Rest in peace

5 ( +5 / -0 )

If somebody gets run down by a bus and is transported to hospital, tested and comes back positive for covid then dies two days later of his / her injuries, are they included in this number?.

No.

the 20th World Health Assembly defined the cause of death to be mentioned in the Death Certificate as “The disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to a person's death or the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury”

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.e-stat.go.jp/en/stat-search/file-download%3FstatInfId%3D000031883915%26fileKind%3D2&ved=2ahUKEwj-_aeWu_L1AhWGGaYKHYFODyoQFnoECAwQAQ&usg=AOvVaw316AUMKG8Ovfrt0vo6rFC6

At 2.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

密集 ない

Avoid large crowds,

仮面をかぶる

Remember to continue to wear mask when in public.

ワクチン 痘苗

For Moderna & Pfizer Vaccines Remember to get fully vaccinated, means 2X - twice - 二回

Those fully vaccinated should get BOOSTER after 5 months, 五ヶ月 事後, ブースター after being fully vaccinated.

For Those Seeking Vaccination Sites in Japan,

https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/search/

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https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=en&tl=ja&u=https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/search/

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

National effective reproduction number at 1.15 , Tokyo 1.14.

If graph trends continue in current direction we may hit 1.0 very soon.

Hopefully.

For those unfamiliar with the effective reproduction number, or r0, it essentially refers to the number of new infections which will result from a single existing infection. At a r0 of 1.0, then each person with covid will infect one other person; a flat line effectively. So in terms of the 'peak', the rn has to be less than 1 to indicate declining cases.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52473523.amp&ved=2ahUKEwjxjrO8vfL1AhVLAt4KHX_-AygQFnoECDUQAQ&usg=AOvVaw3R9taT8wZ078zyep0cKW5f

3 ( +4 / -1 )

You don’t hear anyone talking about it. Is the levelling out of infections partly due to the shortage of test kits as reported at the end of a January.

It is. It is not the cases that have peaked, but we've reached a limit to the testing that Japan can give.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

It is. It is not the cases that have peaked, but we've reached a limit to the testing that Japan can give.

Citation needed. If you want to get tested in Tokyo, you have options everywhere.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Down from last week is a sight of relief but the increase deaths is a bit concerning.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I follow Japanese data. What’s happened and happening around the world cannot be compared to any other country. In Japan for example; The Omicron variant is far more deadly than many other countries. And by far the deadliest variant in Japan to date . We’re setting new records of death daily . Hospitals are stretched to their limits . Not my words , direct quote from this new site. As sad as it would be , I wish Japan would go ahead and share the mortality rate in children of all age groups here. Because children are leading the surge in new cases daily . And some people refuse to change their dangerous behaviors. Refuse to believe scientific facts published by the Japanese Institute of Health. Are we near the peak ? Probably not. But even if the numbers have peaked, they aren’t coming down anytime soon. Everyone does not have to get infected and herd immunity is not possible with Sars2/COVID-19. Just a medical fact quoted from the WHO. That mentality is precisely what got Trump. Abe , Suga, etc. And yes ! The virus spreading of misinformation and outright lies, fabricated stats with zero factually correct information, is also part of the problem. Japan needs a hard lockdown. That will stop the spread or certainly localize it .

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Using data from India has zero relevance here in Japan . Lockdowns are effective at stopping and localizing the spread of Covid. Everyone does not have to catch Omicron and in Japan , omicron is the most deadly variant . Not just some inconvenience or nuisance. And only the jgov knows the actual mortality rate from Covid in children of all ages. 0-19. They do NOT share that information and stating the same claim daily that has no basis in fact is highly irresponsible.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

Those that sadly die from covid, do so about a month after the initial infection. That is why deaths can go up while infections can go down. Those dying are the people infected a three weeks ago.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Nepali

Indeed, the scientific consensus is that due to the contagiousness of this variant everyone will be infected.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Does anyone know why the elderly demographic is never included in these figures? I suppose one could do the math and deduce the leftover number as being the category of 'age 60 and over' (2,375 by today's count). But it's uncanny that those individuals aren't specifically listed in the daily count, especially when one considers that they are the most vulnerable and susceptible to death from the virus.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Commodore

The guy has lost the plot and I’m trying to keep things polite and civil.

As for under 20’s death from Covid I’m Japan, there’s been 3 or 4 10-20 year olds and zero under 10.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Does anyone know why the elderly demographic is never included in these figures? 

They are missing in the article itself but if you click on the link in the article, the age categories are broken down by decade.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

@Steven MCCArthy Here are the stats from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

https://covid19.mhlw.go.jp/extensions/public/en/index.html

Scroll down and you can see graphs for severe cases and Covid deaths according to sex and age.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Thanks for the link . It confirms that Japan does not report the death of children in any age group from Covid.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

@Steven Mccarthy If you have evidence to prove that Japanese children have died from Covid could you please give it? Do you personally know of anyone children that have died from Covid in Japan?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

@Steven MCCArthy 

You're right. And the link confirms it.

The Japanese Ministry of Health is not showing deaths of ages 0~20.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

And how many Japanese children have died from the vaccine?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Honest question.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Steven Mccarthy

I follow Japanese data. What’s happened and happening around the world cannot be compared to any other country. In Japan for example; The Omicron variant is far more deadly than many other countries.

How do you get to that claim? If it is a different, more dangerous variant, it is not Omicron any more. Reference please.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

And how many Japanese children have died from the vaccine?

that's a scary question, I don't wanna know the answer.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

bokuda

Covid deaths in Japan: under 10- 0 deaths, 10-20 4 deaths.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

OJ

I tested positive for corona two weeks ago. I'll tell you what the numbers mean to me -- 18,287 other people who have to go through the same period of illness and isolation.

Me too! Did you have any symptoms? I just felt a bit groggy like a slight cold, if anything. Did the 1-week house arrest thing anyway. Feel great now, with natural immunity from Omicron..... way preferrable than an experimental mRNA shot afaic.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

that's a scary question, I don't wanna know the answer.

If it's zero. What's scary about that?

Covid deaths in Japan: under 10- 0 deaths, 10-20 4 deaths.

The question was how many have died from the vaccine.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

The demolishing anguish that I would have if a child dies because I vaccinated him.

I don't wanna be part of it.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

The Japanese government will keep their Covid theatre going as long as they can- moronic

1 ( +3 / -2 )

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