Mount Fuji appears behind the skyline of skyscrapers in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP/Kiichiro Sato
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Tokyo reports 234 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,339

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 234 new cases of the coronavirus, down 79 from Sunday.

The number (123 men and 111 women) is the result of 5,051 tests conducted on March 26. By age group, people in their 20s (54 cases) accounted for the highest number, while 64 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 4o, one down from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 342.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 1,339. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (213), Chiba (110), Saitama (102), Kanagawa (93), Miyagi (80), Hyogo (70), Hokkaido (46), Oknawa (42), Aichi (39), Ehime (24), Ibaraki (23), Yamagata (23) and Shizuoka (20).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 29.

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Like always, they are manipulating the numbers by reducing the number of tests and altering the criteria for being counted as an official infection. We all know the numbers are increasing, and a lot of residents do not trust the government, yet they continue to vote the same people into office or do not vote at all!

First!

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At least it's a few more tests than last Friday, 5000 vs 4900. But of course, still laughably low.

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What is the criteria for testing?

If about only 5000 warranted the need for testing does it not mean that there are so few and bad cold like symptoms among the populous?

If this is teh case, then not laughable to me. This population with all its elderly are in great shape. Congratulations Japanese populous.

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When they say The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 4o, one down, I would like to know if that means they died or got better!

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 I would like to know if that means they died or got better!

Dunno about today, but yesterday there were 20 deaths in Tokyo, so I venture to say that those didn't get better.

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And how about the other 100 million people that live in the other 46 prefectures?

Tokyo isnt the center of the universe! And Mondays are ALWAYS lower!

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I know this is a dumb question but I would be grateful if someone could answer it without insulting me.

Every day for the past 12 months, Japan Today has been reporting these numbers and the highest number of infections are always people in their 20s and 30s. So why not vaccinate the general population first? It seems to be that people in their 20s and 30s, though their symptoms may only be mild, must be the ones infecting older people. They go home to their parents and grandparents and infect them.

Is one reason because there are not enough vaccine supplies to begin inoculating the general population?

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Still very low numbers and even lower numbers of those really badly affected. But let's lock it all down. again. That seems to work.

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Smartacus... not a dumb question. The answer is because the 20's and 30's generally don't die from covid. The old folks are more likely to suffer serious problems.

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Is one reason because there are not enough vaccine supplies to begin inoculating the general population?

They don't even have enough vaccines for 1% of the population, so yes, that's one reason.

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Is one reason because there are not enough vaccine supplies to begin inoculating the general population?

That might be one reason, so vaccinating first those who need it most.

But I think that because the young are so much more unlikely to suffer adverse effects of the virus, they have less reason to risk taking the rushed vaccines, which have only been approved for emergency use.

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The number will reach zero just in time for the Olympic opening ceremony. Coincidentally, the number of tests conducted will also be zero.

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But I think that because the young are so much more unlikely to suffer adverse effects of the virus, they have less reason to risk taking the rushed vaccines, which have only been approved for emergency use.

Compared with the risk from COVID the risk from vaccines is insignificant, so if the trials prove the vaccine is as as safe for children as it is for adults that still means it is valuable for them because it would reduce the risk even for them. And the vaccines have absolutely no rush in their safety testing so there is no extra risk from the compared with any other vaccine, as the data collected from VAERS until now prove.

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"It seems to be that people in their 20s and 30s, though their symptoms may only be mild, must be the ones infecting older people. They go home to their parents and grandparents and infect them."

You could have a point. This is the strategy that Indonesia has.

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The numbers man by his fax machine has lifted his game these last two days numbers going down nicely for the Olympic victory dream. Or perhaps it is a new person in the role as the person last week was not doing well. Less tests always helps as well.

Personally I disagree with vaccines for the young as under 30s are overwhelmingly safe from the virus ( the statistics from every country in the planet conclusively prove that) and in fact man, maybe even most are asymptomatic and never even know the had it, particularly thanks to the low testing in Japan. Yes they do spread it to others but vaccines don’t prevent that anyhow

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Perhaps they are counting flu systems with covid or someone must be cooking the books.

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Criteria for testing is no longer essential as if you think you have it or feel unwell then the test kits are now sold almost everywhere at your local japanese phramacy like Matsukiyoshi. Its expensive though. These test results if indicated positive may land you a free trip to a the hotel hospital?

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Love the constant skepticism of the numbers.

The increase in numbers is not great though. Japan is paying a price for dithering with their vaccination program.

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Criteria for testing is no longer essential as if you think you have it or feel unwell then the test kits are now sold almost everywhere at your local japanese phramacy like Matsukiyoshi. Its expensive though. These test results if indicated positive may land you a free trip to a the hotel hospital?

So you feel tests that are expensive, completely optional and are not required to be reported to the government somehow make the testing more adequate?

What do you think a person that cannot skip a single paycheck will do if he knows he was a close contact from someone that is COVID positive but has only very mild symptoms? pay for a private test with money that he doesn't have so he will have to skip work for a couple of weeks? The whole point is making testing as easy and simple as possible so even people that are reluctant to test will have no excuse.

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