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Tokyo reports 248 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,722

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 248 new coronavirus cases, up 94 from Monday and five down from last Tuesday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 340.9.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 117, down eight from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,062, down 44 from Monday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p,.m. was 1,722. Osaka had the most cases with 281, followed by Tokyo, Aichi (139), Kanagawa (128), Hyogo (128), Saitama (97), Chiba (76), Okinawa (57), Kyoto (51), Gifu (49), Fukuoka (44) and Hiroshima (31).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 50.

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Looks like we are entering a new trough. Perhaps a 6th wave from November like last year, or if we're lucky this is the end of the pandemic.

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Now down to 2 paragraphs. Perhaps a 5pm daily “banner” at the top of the page will do from now?

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Please open the borders.

-3 ( +10 / -13 )

Oh well, that's what it is.

Rollercoastering again and I hope for no major increases. Time will tell.

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Of course it’s jpn slightly from Monday. It always is. This isn’t anything new.

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Come on, mate! Nobody’s crying here that much anymore. People grew tired of it. Perhaps it’s almost over and ‘positivity’ carried many through? Let’s just continue to be safe, ever vigilant and move on to better days, eh?

@theResident 5:35pm: “Well - the amount of responses today really does go to show the normal suspects that just wished for bad news and the failings of Japan. Sad Individuals.” -*

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To paraphrase the lengthy comment I made in the other top story about SOEs ending: I'm legitimately worried that what is about to happen will set Japan up for a 6th wave that ends up being the worst yet. It's not "doom and gloom" unfortunately, just common sense:

Since around February 2020, foot traffic has been reduced around the country, especially in cities like Tokyo. The SOEs were extremely helpful in achieving this, but even absent of those periods most people were still being careful and virtually everyone was wearing masks.

What is likely to happen from October 1st is that millions and millions who were previously avoiding crowds or being more selective about their actions are likely to become lax or stop entirely. The high vaccination rate coupled with the artificially low number of new cases is sending a clear message to Japan: go back to normal.

This is the exact time when mass, randomized testing is needed. A responsible government would want daily proof to the tune of millions that people are not infected. Instead what's happening is a few thousand people - all of whom likely have the virus or think they do - are being tested. If the virus really has disappeared to the extent current data suggests, that's great. If the virus hasn't, that's a recipe for disaster.

Also regarding a comment I saw yesterday about several European nations classifying COVID-19 as no different than the "common" flu. Note their total populations compared to that of just Tokyo. Central areas of Japan don't have the luxury of space and distance to avoid the disease. Everything is dangerously crowded to the point where Tokyo is going to be ravaged when the overdue major earthquake finally hits. Diseases can't spread as efficiently when there are less hosts and less opportunities to infect them, and even something as "mundane" as the "common flu" can be dangerous when it's more contagious.

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Please, Government of Japan open the border. Since last year I am waiting to join company as a engineer. I am totally frustrated, depressed and exhausted. My degree in vain. After graduating from university I learned Japanese and choose Japan with respect to others country. I have a huge respect for Japanese people but please open border and Japantoday please convey this message. Thank you

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Close the borders even more strictly, open more slowly and carefully business inside. That’s how to do it at the current situation and moment.

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Omg foreigner how do u sleep at night worrying about all this stuff? Earthquake, pandemic. Life is too short. Chill out.

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Omg foreigner how do u sleep at night worrying about all this stuff? 

Actually I sleep fine. Some people can think critically without it "damaging" them or their health. Perhaps you're unaware that Risk Management is an actual profession and that the bureaucrats and medical establishments are aware of the very points I'm making?

The issue here isn't about staying up at night worrying. If that was the case I would have would have been shut in since January 2020. Instead, I've been out as per normal every single day, albeit with a mask and avoiding stores or restaurants that have been crowded. What I'm talking about is the need for people to be responsible and to think, rather than just view October 1st as "get out of jail" day.

Each of the 5 waves so far have occurred when people go back to normal life and stop using good judgement. Large crowds, no social distancing, things like that. Japan has not gone a single day without a new infection this since this pandemic began, and the idea that absent of such an achievement for a period of weeks (or months) caution can be thrown to the wind is just dangerous, sorry.

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I understand. Glad u sleep well. We will see what happens. Let’s hope for the best. Hopefully the vaccines will make a difference. Time will tell.

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@Mountain

Now down to 2 paragraphs. Perhaps a 5pm daily “banner” at the top of the page will do from now?

It is done on purpose. The few clear details the government provides the easier it is to mislead the public. Before they were providing the exact number of tests for each city on the government website.

How many tests in Tokyo for the day?

Now a week ago they began giving a 3-day average to make it more difficult to know how many tests each day. The 3-day average including today is 5,609 which means around 1800 tests were completed. That is less than the 2000 + tests a few days ago. Lower the number of tests, and you lower the number of infections as Japan gets closer to the planned ending of the SOE, so they can have elections at the beginning of next month.

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en

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It is done on purpose. The few clear details the government provides the easier it is to mislead the public. 

the limited info is being provided by Japantoday. There is a great invention called google where you can get more data concerning the COVID situation in Japan.

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It's not "doom and gloom" unfortunately, just common sense:

how is predicting that Japan's sixth wave will be worse than the others common sense? It's actually not common sense because the world has never experienced such phenomena before. It's just the same blathering that you always post trying to sound superior and yet at the same time worried about the common man. Smgdfh

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50 deaths.

too many or too little?

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Thanks godness. My family from china want to visit me for so long. They were saving until pandemic times, and hopefully now I can go to them too soon.

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Osaka leading the way for the rebound!!

Kyoto and Hyogo going up too.

The 7-day averages around Kansai just ticked upward week-on-week for the first time since Aug 31.

Reckon this may be the 6th wave in the air.....

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What is the current National vaccination rate?

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The 3-day average including today is 5,609 which means around 1800 tests were completed. That is less than the 2000 + tests a few days ago. Lower the number of tests, and you lower the number of infections as Japan gets closer to the planned ending of the SOE, so they can have elections at the beginning of next month.

Given the short attention span people have these days, the LDP will most assuredly win big in the election. One month of "back to normal" is likely enough to make the angry cool off, and those who would vote for the opposition in protest to just skip it entirely. Personally I have little hope any of these incompetent people will refer ever be held accountable for any of the disgusting negligence that has been on display here, from vaccine disasters to the hundreds dying at home in Tokyo.

how is predicting that Japan's sixth wave will be worse than the others common sense?

Because none of what I said requires an imagination or complex statistical calculations. I'm not arguing something based on calculations or algorithms or things like that. When you go from 50% foot traffic to 100% in the span of a day/week/short period of time the chances of disaster increase. It's the same reason you don't have open heart surgery and run a marathon the next week, and the same reason you don't eat spicy food after spending the morning sick as heck from food poisoning. The government is right to try and make this return to normal a gradual process, but too many won't heed the warnings or follow the guidance.

trying to sound superior and yet at the same time worried about the common man

If that's how you characterize my posts, it sounds like the issue is insecurity on your part. Making logical, supported arguments and points isn't "trying to sound superior". Perhaps you should ask why so few others don't do the same as well? Since when must comments all be in the form of two-sentence string-of-thought consciousness? And I am worried, which is part of the reason I make such long comments: if someone reads what I write and considers something they hadn't previously, that's a positive outcome in my book.

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Sounds to me covid is over time to resume life like it was before the release of this nasty virus

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Critical thinking seems to always be chalked up to "alarmist outrage" on this board. How many waves have we seen occur thus far? 6? I, like anyone else, want things to go back to normal as soon as possible. But we need to transition gradually, not abruptly. Every time an SOE ends, hoards of people flood the streets with their back-to-normal mentality and cause another wave to occur. I am hopeful that the vaccine will have a major impact with regards to new infections occurring. But, if nothing else, I would like to hope we have at least collectively learned to take our time with reopening.

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Please, Government of Japan open the border. Since last year I am waiting to join company as a engineer. 

I like your enthusiasm but I think Singapore would be better in my opinion as they are pretty much silicone valley of Asia where most of the high and good paying engineering jobs are. Japan again in my opinion is going to be ups and downs as a foreigner engineer. Just sharing my thoughts

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