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Tokyo reports 2,962 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 14,854

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 2,962 new coronavirus cases, down 1,333 from Sunday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 4,275.

People in their 20s (927 cases), their 30s (572) and their 40s (459) accounted for the highest numbers, while 449 cases were aged under 19.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 268, up 17 from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,603, up 40 from Sunday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 14,854. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (2,584), Chiba (1,609), Saitama (1,309), Osaka (964), Fukuoka (683), Aichi (571), Hyogo (402), Hokkaido (357), Okinawa (339), Kyoto (321), Shizuoka (247), Ibaraki (186), Kumamoto (152), Kagoshima (151), Hiroshima (144), Okayama (142), Shiga (120), Gunma (119), Gifu (116), Saga (114), Mie (108), Oita (85), Ishikawa (77), Toyama (77), Tochigi (76) and Ehime (71).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 22.

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I cannot wait to see the very interesting and also the dumb comments coming.

12 ( +22 / -10 )

Higher number of cases in Tokyo for a Monday. But should we take care of what happens only in Tokyo when figures are not very "real". Better to see the nationwide situation. Tokyo is just a part of Japan.

8 ( +15 / -7 )

Well, I saw my local mall filling up my water jugs; it was full of people shopping, food court full of people with their masks off eating away like nothing was amiss. and So, based on what i saw today don’t expect numbers to go down anytime soon.

0 ( +17 / -17 )

Obon and weekend count, wait till Wednesday/Thursday but watch for the amount of tests. Genuine cases must be sky rocketing.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

Wow - down 1,333! And second day decrease in a row.

-26 ( +13 / -39 )

Surprisingly quick drop in numbers. I guess testing was much reduced over Obon as most health service providers may not be open.

5 ( +15 / -10 )

Vaccinations are progressing, so the number of deaths will be capped even as infections rise. Looking forward to the token SOE being removed so struggling business owners can get a break.

-21 ( +6 / -27 )

Today no of 2962 is by far highest ever for Monday - also it shows yesterday 15 Aug total tests conducted are 2490?? Am I reading it right?

Beyond pathetic if tokyo has tested only 2490 yesterday? Of course the cases number will plunge if you dont test....

12 ( +17 / -5 )

Vaccination rate reached 36,5% (fully) 48,6% (partially). That's one of the keys to deal with the pandemic.

1,603 serious cases nationwide but we should add all the ICU covid cases (no intubations,...) that Tokyo refused to count. So probably 2,000 in total. The number of ICU beds nationwide being low, this is not encouraging.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Hilarious 2,962 cases 2,490 tests.

The 9 to 5 Japanese government covid army at it's best.

We are now fully immersed in the realm of fantasy!

18 ( +23 / -5 )

2490 tests yesterday? Haha absolutely ridiculous

16 ( +17 / -1 )

Here's a dumb comment. Is this number (2, 962) based on the 2,490 tests done yesterday?

9 ( +11 / -2 )

2490 tests.

2962 positive cases.

How does that work?

9 ( +11 / -2 )

SteveToday  05:02 pm JST

Vaccinations are progressing, so the number of deaths will be capped even as infections rise. Looking forward to the token SOE being removed so struggling business owners can get a break and I can hit up more bars. I just thank god I don't live in Melbourne or Sydney.

Do you need the SOE being removed to live normally in Japan ?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

To everyone who will complain about the J-govts handling of the pandemic: Would you rather be locked up indefinitely like in Melbourne or Sydney?

-20 ( +10 / -30 )

As everyone is wondering how can 2490 tests result is 2962 cases - maybe expect an apology that some oyaji double counted the fax reports and reduce the cases to 2490 - either way this shows a positivity rate of more than 100% - a world record which no one can ever break???

14 ( +17 / -3 )

I cannot wait to see the very interesting and also the dumb comments coming.

Wow - down 1,333! And second day decrease in a row.

Didn't have to wait long.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

2,962 cases 2,490 tests.

How can you get 2962 cases out of 2490 tests???

Where did the additional 500 come from???

4 ( +7 / -3 )

The numbers of positive tests comes from tests performed in the previous days ! Do not calculate any ratio until data from tests are consolidated please.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Do you need the SOE being removed to live normally in Japan ?

Yes, I like to be able to enjoy some drinks at my local bar after 8pm.

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

37.2% of population fully vaccinated; 49.3% with one shot.

83.9% of elderly fully vaccinated, with 88.2% having had at least one shot.

With the local population largely protected against severe infection, I do wonder about the necessity of extending the State of Emergency until mid-September.

-13 ( +9 / -22 )

maybe expect an apology that some oyaji double counted the fax reports

OK, here is my answer...thank you!

4 ( +7 / -3 )

SteveToday  05:07 pm JST

To everyone who will complain about the J-govts handling of the pandemic: Would you rather be locked up indefinitely like in Melbourne or Sydney?

Do you know the world is not only Japan and Australia ?

7 ( +15 / -8 )

So with 2,490 test done for today and 2,962 news cases that can only happen if they added in forgotten results from previous day's.

Which means that in all likelihood today had 100% positivity rate.

A world record.

Gold medals all around for the Japanese government covid army.

12 ( +18 / -6 )

CommodoreFlagToday  05:08 pm JST

With the local population largely protected against severe infection, I do wonder about the necessity of extending the State of Emergency until mid-September.

Why do you care of the SoE ? Many Japanese do not take it seriously anymore. Anyone can live normally in Japan, no constraints, so enjoy life.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

SteveToday  05:08 pm JST

Yes, I like to be able to enjoy some drinks at my local bar after 8pm.

Oh just for that, LOL. Have beers at home or outside after 8pm if you are thirsty.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Why do you care of the SoE ? Many Japanese do not take it seriously anymore. Anyone can live normally in Japan, no constraints, so enjoy life.

I know some decent business owners who are following the guidelines for worry of being thought disreputable. I want to see them able to earn a living again.

-6 ( +11 / -17 )

Oh just for that, LOL. Have beers at home or outside after 8pm if you are thirsty.

The main issue is not that. I have many friends who run bars/restaurants, and the SOE restrictions have smashed them financially. Subsidies are not enough to cover rent in some case, and some have already been forced to close for good.

8 ( +15 / -7 )

I know some decent business owners who are following the guidelines for worry of being thought disreputable. I want to see them able to earn a living again.

Sure and the second a case is traced back to their business if given permission to open that will be the end of it.

I want to open but a Gaijin and even a single person that possibility got covid in my store it would mean years of work gone in an instant.

Saw 2 Ramen shop in my neighborhood go in that way already.

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

With the local population largely protected against severe infection, I do wonder about the necessity of extending the State of Emergency until mid-September.

Yeah, I have to agree the SOE is pretty meaningless at this point to be honest - many bars/restaurants are just openly flouting the "rules" anyway, people are out and about as usual, trains are still packed with rush hour office workers, para-olympics will take place, high school baseball tournaments are happening, gyms still open...

What would happen if the SOE is lifted - malls can stay open past 8pm?...anything else meaningful?

5 ( +9 / -4 )

CommodoreFlagToday  05:15 pm JST

I know some decent business owners who are following the guidelines for worry of being thought disreputable. I want to see them able to earn a living again.

I know some friends and acquaintances hit by the virus and its disease. No one is dead but some have long lasting (months, not weeks) issues. But you seem to care only about number of deaths and business owners.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

SteveToday  05:17 pm JST

The main issue is not that. I have many friends who run bars/restaurants, and the SOE restrictions have smashed them financially. Subsidies are not enough to cover rent in some case, and some have already been forced to close for good.

Oh I see, you are like CommodoreFlag. Freedom and money first.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

@Antiquesaving

Hope you're back on your feet again soon. The people I know who were hardest hit seem to be those who opened new businesses just before the pandemic. I'm not sure how the subsidies work to be honest but the impression I get is that they can't avail of the full amount?

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Oh I see, you are like CommodoreFlag. Freedom and money first.

Nice that everything is black and white to you.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

@Steve and CommodoreFlag

All the decisions of Japanese Government are useless and counter-productive, only hitting small restaurants and bars. Government should pay right compensation indeed.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Oh I see, you are like CommodoreFlag. Freedom and money first.

Freedom and money... That's a rather shallow view of the effects of having your income and invests curtailed. This is how people make a living and what gives them a reason to wake up every morning...

1 ( +10 / -9 )

Always those down numbers from the previous day. Doesn't make sense at all. Comparing with the same day last week or two to three weeks ago should be the way to go!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

nonu6976Today  05:26 pm JST

Nice that everything is black and white to you.

Everything is between black and white.

Japan could have taken better measures.

I am not asking for any useless lockdown.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

CommodoreFlagToday  05:25 pm JST

@Antiquesaving

Hope you're back on your feet again soon. The people I know who were hardest hit seem to be those who opened new businesses just before the pandemic. I'm not sure how the subsidies work to be honest but the impression I get is that they can't avail of the full amount

Well welcome to my world.

I bought a place to open my business in the month this all started. Previously I was still working with my master who retired in 2019 and for part of 2019 I worked out of my rental house.

I spent 10 year apprenticing for my master building a relationship and reputation in a Japanese nationaly recognised craft and finally got the approval from my master to be accepted as a master.

Can you even begin to think what would happen if the Gaijin (me) was said to be responsible for a Japanese catching covid? Just catching.

Businesses are paying private hospitals not to report cases and paying cash to treat employees so no one knows there were any cases of covid, I know because both my adult Children's Japanese companies have done it.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

CommodoreFlagToday  05:28 pm JST

Freedom and money... That's a rather shallow view of the effects of having your income and invests curtailed. This is how people make a living and what gives them a reason to wake up every morning...

When I read comments of people constantly repeating the number of deaths is very low and covid is just like a flu, I am shocked too,

I know how bad the situation is for people earning money from izakaya and bar. I have continue to support my local favourites one since the very beginning of the pandemic visiting them many times a month. They had to make business on the side to survive indeed. During 4th wave, it was the worst, they close for weeks because of ban on alcohol. During this 5th wave (the more severe), alcohol is no more banned, they shift opening 17-23 to 14-20.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Well, I have to expect the numbers will go up as testing centers open after Obon, but I must say that tall guy in the picture has an awesome flower shirt. Really stands out in drab corona-Tokyo.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Steve

Good points as usual, same here I know people who run bars, I support them as much as possible.in fact I’m going to pop to one shortly

5.35pm poster

Its best to remain positive and don’t get paranoid about things. My business was smashed by Covid, carried on, diversified and now it’s back to pre Covid levels. I meet Japanese face to face on a daily basis, only concerns they’ve shown re Covid is the loss in business.

Things will be back to normal pretty soon, stay safe, work hard and be positive.

-11 ( +9 / -20 )

This has been going on for nearly 2 years and you don't know anyone who has had the virus and definitely don't know anyone who has died from this so why are you so worried?

-18 ( +4 / -22 )

RobToday  05:48 pm JST

This has been going on for nearly 2 years and you don't know anyone who has had the virus and definitely don't know anyone who has died from this so why are you so worried?

Well I know many That had the virus and I know 4 that have died including 3 of my family members and the 27 year old paramedic son of a close friend.

So now say that again!

8 ( +16 / -8 )

Today may be the first day in a while that recoveries outpace new cases.

Also at 49.3% of the population having had their first dose of the vaccine with 83% of over 65s fully vaccinated. This will be the last wave of any significance.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

Good points as usual, same here I know people who run bars, I support them as much as possible.in fact I’m going to pop to one shortly

In Osaka?

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Genuine cases must be sky rocketing.

so these are all fake cases ?

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Today may be the first day in a while that recoveries outpace new cases.

Nope. Not even close.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

To summary, the SoE is :

doing nothing to prevent the spread of the virus, all measures are of joke and most people do not take it seriously.

and putting in danger the business of izakaya/bar/restaurant hardly because of stupid measures from incompetent regional and central governments.

So Yes, SoE should be over !

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Here are the only ways i would believe these numbers.

1-) I am beyond plastered drunk.

2-) I am stoned out of my skull

3-) I develope sudden onset dementia.

Seeing I no longer drink don't do drugs and in perfect mental health for now.

I am not buying into the fantasy.

6 ( +13 / -7 )

@Antiquesaving

Tokyo situation

Date Tests Positives

2021-08-01 4200 1957

2021-08-02 21293 3723

2021-08-03 17570 4869

2021-08-04 17269 4822

2021-08-05 16960 4520

2021-08-06 18513 4876

2021-08-07 11048 4102

2021-08-08 4158 2430

2021-08-09 6348 1931

2021-08-10 22787 4734

2021-08-11 16096 5509

2021-08-12 13791 5423

2021-08-13 10402 4549

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Just test everyone and let the numbers go sky high, it doesn't matter we aren't all going to die

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

TheTruthIsOutThereToday  06:38 pm JST

You conveniently left out the last 2 days, why.

Now tell me what is the population of Tokyo 50,000, 60,000 a 100,000 or is it 14 million?

2,490 test done in a prefecture of 14 million, even 20,000 tests.

A certain country of 9 million is doing 300,000 tests a day.

Targeted testing is a lie because in no conceivable way would every week we see the same up and down from tens of thousands on Monday to under 3,000 every Sunday.

That is not a natural movement of any disease in existence.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

This has been going on for nearly 2 years and you don't know anyone who has had the virus and definitely don't know anyone who has died from this so why are you so worried?

Wow mate, sounds like your circle of acquaintances is rather small. My sister, her husband, and her son all had it (they recovered at home), my cousin in her 40's had it (and was hospitalized). A friend of mine lost three family members to it, and another friend has been dealing with the joys of long Covid for over a year now.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

At this point, the following should be the bare-minimum standards for testing in Tokyo, if not the whole country:

All people who want a test can and should be encouraged to get one. Absolutely no turning anyone down under any circumstances because they "only" have a sore throat and fatigue or any other excuse the overlords in Tokyo cite. Willful intent to manipulate statistical data and deceive the population should be a crime. People want to be tested? TEST THEM.

All people who have been in contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of infection should be required to get tested, even if only anonymously.

All private clinics should be required to turn over anonymous test data results to public authorities.

All major companies should be required to have daily testing among employees, anonymously if necessary.

There should be an absolute minimum of 50,000 tests performed per day, with a target of at least four times that. Get some of the 40,000+ paper pushers in Tocho out of their elitist microchip palace and make themselves useful for a change. There needs to be a legitimate sample baseline. The city has 14,000,000 residents and yet we see day in and day out reports of 6000 tests, 9000 tests, 16,000 tests. It's almost inconceivable that 30,000 tests were performed each day in the Olympic Bubble.

Sorry but when you see garbage like this on Sundays/Mondays, not because less people are getting sick, but because less TESTING was done, that is inexcusable. How bad does the situation actually have to get before the shameful people running Japan take it seriously? You want to prove things aren't bad? Find enough of a daily sample that the positivity rate is below 20%, then see how many tens/hundreds of thousands of infected are discovered.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 268, up 17 from Sunday, health officials said. 

A steady increase of around 20 per day of these in Tokyo . I wouldn't be surprised if schools close in Sep .

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Japan has the most unique covid variant in the world, someone needs to do a paper on it.

A variant that conveniently only goes up on Mondays and us so polite that it give the medical personnel a break every weekend by not spreading or affecting people.

Why bother with the present SOE.

The solution is for everyone to stay home Monday to Friday and everyone go out and work on the weekends and holidays when the nice cooperative virus is taking a rest

See how easy it is to ends the problem. A few weeks of only weekend work and outings and the virus will fade away.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Ashley, - I don't understand your behavior. You preach about not going out at all, but you're filling your water bottles in a busy mall.

Filling your water bottles? From where the infected may have drunk.

Hello?

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Tokyo population 14 million tests done yesterday 2,490

Japan population 126 million tests done on the 15th 62,000

Sydney population 5.3 million tests done yesterday 150,000 +.

Which one makes sense which are fantasy head in the ground?

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Just test everyone and let the numbers go sky high, it doesn't matter we aren't all going to die.

Absolutely.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Japan has the most unique covid variant in the world, someone needs to do a paper on it.

So Funny ! I love this post

6 ( +6 / -0 )

This has been going on for nearly 2 years and you don't know anyone who has had the virus and definitely don't know anyone who has died from this so why are you so worried?

So true. I'd love to post a significant number. But this post will get deleted. Hint. It's just barely higher than the flu.

-12 ( +4 / -16 )

No - I don't believe any of it @Antiquesaving, but your obsession with testing is becoming a little OTT.

The policy of Japan regarding testing has not changed and won't. Save your fingers.

Much rather they spend the money on getting the vaccine into all of us instead of throwing MORE money away.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Foreigner in Tokyo..

All people who want a test can and should be encouraged to get one. Absolutely no turning anyone down under any circumstances because they "only" have a sore throat and fatigue or any other excuse the overlords in Tokyo cite. Willful intent to manipulate statistical data and deceive the population should be a crime. People want to be tested? TEST THEM.

The system would be over-run in a day. The test centers are doing a very good job (though not perfect of course) of narrowing down likely cases.

All people who have been in contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of infection should be required to get tested, even if only anonymously.

These people are being asked to self isolate, If they develop symptoms they are tested.

All private clinics should be required to turn over anonymous test data results to public authorities.

This is actually a legal requirement. Covid 19 is a notifiable disease.

All major companies should be required to have daily testing among employees, anonymously if necessary.

See answer 1. It would be a huge waste of resources for very little benefit.

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

All private clinics should be required to turn over anonymous test data results to public authorities.

This is actually a legal requirement. Covid 19 is a notifiable disease.

No it is not!

My daughter's company not only tested her team but didn't inform the government of 2 positive members which the company paid a private hospital to treat with using the health care system.

Her friend works the IT section in a major private testing lab and unless given permission no information is sent to the government privacy laws.

Only testing done by medical institutions are required to provide the government with test results.

This is why so many pop-up testing site have appeared.

So get tested by a private lab then treated in a private hospital not directly connected to the lab and the government doesn't know about it.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

8.16 pm poster

Too much anecdotal stuff without anything to back up the claims, it’s a daily occurrence.

Rob

Well put. The lockdowns create devastation all round. They are cruel and inhuman, thankfully in Japan these cannot be imposed.

-9 ( +7 / -16 )

Thank God for the Rain!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

8.29 poster

15,000 deaths in Japan without any lockdowns. I think this alone proves that lockdowns don’t work.

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

Based on what the actual transmission rates must be the hospitalisations are low as are deaths.

It seems that vaccinating the elderly and infirm was/is the best strategy and worrying about people who are not likely to die from this virus is a waste of time. Natural immunity to Covid must be high in Japan as actual case rates would be in the 10s of millions from the last 18months. Get more access to beds for any who recquire it and move on. Pfizer is already showing large decreases in efficacy against the delta strain so by vaccinating all there will likely be a Vaccine resistant strain that is going to reek havoc with the most at risk groups.

On top of which Pfizer must be very excited about making more money due to the requirement of booster shots every 6 months...

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Looks like numbers are coming down. Vaccines are effective after all. I'm getting my second shot tomorrow.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Of course any death is tragic, but deaths still remain at the around the same rate despite the rise in cases.

Either this is the calm before the storm (as some on here have been endlessly repeating), or there really is something different about this wave.

Vaccine being the obvious.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Either this is the calm before the storm (as some on here have been endlessly repeating)

repeating for over a year & a half !

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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