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Tokyo reports 253 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,767

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 253 new coronavirus cases, down 49 from Monday and 751 down from last Tuesday. It is the lowest number since June 21 and the 30th straight day that the daily figure has been lower than the same day of the previous week.

People in their 20s (87 cases) and their 30s (53) accounted for the highest numbers, while 37 cases were aged under 20.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 152, down 17 from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,429, down 25 from Monday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 1,767. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (245), Kanagawa (188), Aichi (151), Saitama (121), Chiba (93), Hyogo (76), Fukuoka (75) and Okinawa (55).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 47.

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More good news so lets open the pubs now !

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Fiddlers Today  05:01 pm JST

More good news so lets open the pubs now !

Will big celebrations happen on October 1st ?

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Thanks ghosh!

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Still some way to go with the vaccine program, but I have no doubt that the 153m vaccines doses administered to date have made a big difference, with two thirds of the population having had at least one dose, and close to 70m people being fully vaccinated.

https://vdata.nikkei.com/newsgraphics/coronavirus-japan-vaccine-status/

Impressive to see now that 90% of over 65s have had at least one dose, and 88.6% are fully vaccinated.

Well done Japan!

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Must be magic! Just in time for the current soe to come to an end from October.

What a joke.

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Agreed, “Cautiously Optimistic” is the present, trending vernacular for such ‘numbers’.

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Let's stick to facts not rhetoric.

Except that's what this has always been about. Japan Inc and it's desire to push a narrative on how the country looks to be doing rather than how it actually is. Why isn't there mass testing for example? Why don't we have specifics on how many infected people in Tokyo are left to fend for themselves at home? Everything is done to perpetuate a specific narrative, and either of the two points I just mentioned would be counter to that result.

Look at the comments here alone. People who see the numbers going down and think the virus is gone, as if there is actual legitimacy to testing when it's so abysmal. Ask a group of cardiologists about people who 'don't feel" they have heart disease or HIV patients who don't' feel" they have the infection. That's why data is important, and if you refuse to test properly then you have insufficient data.

Sadly no amount of pointing out elementary principals of science or statistics seems to work on those deliberately intent on defending and spreading the government's PR narrative.

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Japan ranks around the middle of Asian nations in terms of Covid death rate per capita. There is ZERO evidence to suggest they resist the virus "better than anywhere on earth".

Ranks in the middle while having the oldest population in the entire world huh? Not bad Japan. Not bad at all.

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BurakuminDes Today  05:17 pm JST

Laughable.

I agree with you.

Japan ranks around the middle of Asian nations in terms of Covid death rate per capita. There is ZERO evidence to suggest they resist the virus "better than anywhere on earth".

Exactly.

Note that most of the people here compare Japan only with western countries to show how Japan is better handling the virus.

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Does a very contagious virus we all and the world has been fearing suddenly no longer infected anymore? I’m glad to hear it’s going down but suddenly?

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Sadly no amount of pointing out elementary principals of science or statistics seems to work on those deliberately intent on defending and spreading the government's PR narrative.

Are you suggesting that people who think things are getting better because they look at the official figures which indicate that things are getting better are somehow in cahoots with the government?

That sounds very exciting. :)

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AkulaToday  05:16 pm JST

Still some way to go with the vaccine program, but I have no doubt that the 153m vaccines doses administered to date have made a big difference, with two thirds of the population having had at least one dose, and close to 70m people being fully vaccinated.

https://vdata.nikkei.com/newsgraphics/coronavirus-japan-vaccine-status/

Impressive to see now that 90% of over 65s have had at least one dose, and 88.6% are fully vaccinated.

Well done Japan!

What will be the maximum rate of fully vaccinated people in Japan ? 60, 70, 80 % ???

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From data of last Friday, the 10 most populated prefectures (+Okinawa), percentage of infections and number of tests done by million of people.

Osaka 6,5% 1755

Okinawa 13% 1340

Aichi 10% 980

Shizuoka 4% 905

Fukuoka 6% 894

Tokyo 10% 716

Saitama 10% 685

Hokkaido 3% 660

Chiba 9% 636

Hyogo 12% 583

Kyoto 10% 451

Kanagawa 15% 441

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The Covid situation has never been dire in Japan. Some hospitals were affected greatly but not the majority as some would like you to believe. "Most" residents here practice self preservation and avoid getting into situations where transmission easily occurs. Plus, mask wearing indoors is nearly 100% and has been for over a year. With the number of vaccinated (especially the elderly) at very high levels, it is no wonder the situation is getting better daily.

@Foreigner asks why there is no mass testing?

There is no need to test asymptomatic people. Most Japanese don't want to get a test if they are feeling fine. Plus the expense would be enormous. Japan tests those who are symptomatic and we get the daily numbers from that data. It is consistent so it is an excellent gauge to see trends.

And no, dividing the Covid-Positive cases by the number of symptomatic tests does not give you an infection rate, which so many have claimed.

Japan is doing very well and it is a great country to live in during the pandemic.

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What Virus?

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Oxycodin Today  05:32 pm JST

Does a very contagious virus we all and the world has been fearing suddenly no longer infected anymore? I’m glad to hear it’s going down but suddenly?

That is how infection wave works.

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PCR tests in Tokyo Sept. 17th : 6,294

Pretty self-explanatory.

Just to make it clear, yet again:

If you don't let people get testes, you get smaller numbers.

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The Covid situation has never been dire in Japan. 

Yeah too bad all the people who died at home and in ambulances didnt really realize that the situation wasnt all that bad, Anyway we have found the silver bullet finally, its the he general election ....who would have thought...by ballot box day infections will be doen to single digit. Early Christmas for LDP.

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Seems like Japan gave COVID a swift kick in the you-know-what. Never seen it drop so suddenly.

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It's almost like a miracle.

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Looked at the graphs in toyokeizai.

Daily average of cases dropping more steeply than it has climbed while average of daily deaths just started to drop.

Hopefully current trajectories continue

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joffy Today  05:46 pm JST

The Covid situation has never been dire in Japan. Some hospitals were affected greatly but not the majority as some would like you to believe. "Most" residents here practice self preservation and avoid getting into situations where transmission easily occurs. Plus, mask wearing indoors is nearly 100% and has been for over a year. With the number of vaccinated (especially the elderly) at very high levels, it is no wonder the situation is getting better daily.

Oh wonderful Japan where Covid is just annoying but not serious and medical system is working fine with all patients hospitalized as needed. That's your view.

There is no need to test asymptomatic people. Most Japanese don't want to get a test if they are feeling fine. Plus the expense would be enormous. Japan tests those who are symptomatic and we get the daily numbers from that data. It is consistent so it is an excellent gauge to see trends.

You still do not understand the meaning of non restricted testing, you are really st......

Japan is doing very well and it is a great country to live in during the pandemic.

Yes, no problem at all here, no people has lost jobs, economy is flourishing, restaurants are open all day, no quarantine when going back to Japan when you are fully vaccinated and showing 3 negative tests.

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Right, it’s time to open up and get things back to normal. The vulnerable have been vaccinated and most of those that want it. By now a large amount of the population will have caught Covid too

Still a few fear mongers about here, but not being so dramatic and with apocalyptic scenarios.

Been out supporting businesses as I have daily since this all started and shall continue to do so.

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It's almost like a miracle.

weeps tears of joy and gratitude

votes LDP

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Right, it’s time to open up and get things back to normal. The vulnerable have been vaccinated and most of those that want it. By now a large amount of the population will have caught Covid too.

Would be nice if there was a study of prevalence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

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"if you don't let people test" - that couldn't be further from the truth. Actually anyone who has at least some of the symptoms (cough, temperature, body aches, etc) will get tested for free. If you have absolutely no symptoms and still want the tests, you'll have to pay for it.

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I hope there is no new variant emerge.

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Funny how Japan has steady increases and sudden drops of cases along the waves.

Japan is defying the laws of epidemiology and data science ... or bending them ... ?

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You seem to think the official numbers are somehow an accurate representation of the infection. The issue isn't concealing positives and hiding them from the public, it's not finding positives period. What happens when you don't do mass-scale, largely randomized testing? You only wind up with people who are required to get tested or who think they are infected. That's like saying the only people who need to have their blood pressure checked are elderly people with headaches. 

I'm not sure if this is too hard for people to understand, because there is always a lot of resistance or ignoring the facts whenever it's pointed out. The government is not doing a sufficient job keeping on top of the infection, and defending it and making excuses for it just prove accountability is not needed in Japan. This idea that somehow asymptomatic people can't infect others is wrong.

Ask yourself: If 1,000,000 tests were conducted tomorrow at random and 15,000 positives came back, what exactly would that change? Everything. It would imply the government has been failing to identify the actual scope of 5th wave infection. It would imply there are far more infected people than believed. It would mean people should keep trying to get vaccinated. It would mean people shouldn't go back to early-July behavior. 

Now consider if the same 1,000,000 random tests produced similar results to today's numbers. That would mean infection numbers are less cause for concern. 

Two different scenarios and yet people don't seem to understand why it's necessary to determine which is reality.

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Japan is defying the laws of epidemiology and data science ... or bending them ... ?

What laws are those?

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Yipee! We will be going back to normal really soon!

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Why isn't there mass testing for example? Why don't we have specifics on how many infected people in Tokyo are left to fend for themselves at home?

Why do you CTs always push the testing narrative? Has it actually helped any country prevent the spread of covid? Or has it actually just delayed the spread?

And what would specifics about rationed care help in any way? You want to push the anti-japan Inc narrative as often as possible, but how will it help?! Smgdfh 2x

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Realize ‘some’ may have missed developments over the last year with frequent cross-country travel & such *@kyakushinkan_Arimasboose 5:28pm ***but **most have had ‘concerns’.

*- @kyakuShinseibin_Aricabusu 5:28pm: “What Virus?” -*

However, these ‘numbers’ have recently been changing, but not just in the last ‘24 hours’.

Perhaps some should check the internet and those pockytwatches from time-to-time?

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@Foreigner In Tokyo

Appreciate the in-depth response.

I'm not sure massive amounts of testing would be of great benefit at this point. Given that the focus is now on getting people vaccinated and preventing hospitalizations and death.

The vaccines won't stop people from testing positive or stop them from being asymptomatic spreaders so I think that the metrics for the severity of the pandemic have changed. I think you could make an argument for the testing approach prior to vaccinations. But now the main focus should be on "percentage of people vaccinated". The number of people who are getting tested/who want to get tested is going down because they aren't symptomatic. And if we look at these daily figures from that perspective, I think our situation is getting much much better every day.

As for the government doing a sufficient job, I kind of lean on the side of "They did what they could". I don't think they get a lot of credit for the Pfizer contract at the start of the vaccination launch, and giving people that extra sense of assurance in the safety of the vaccine by conducting their own safety trial (other people complain about that but I for one think it was necessary). And I do think there's a lot to be said for not having the country go into what would have been a pointless lockdown. Vaccination rates high also and still show no sign of leveling off yet - is it the Japanese people rather than the government who deserves credit for that one? Maybe - but there's still an argument there I think.

I don't know if we're going to see eye to eye on this but there's my two cents anyway.

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However, these ‘numbers’ have recently been changing, but not just in the last ‘24 hours’.

Apparently, some people don’t know what ‘24 hours’ (as in “I’m taking a 24 hour break”) entails.

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There’s still 4-5 conspiracy theorists still banging the same drum ( yet 1 has gone quiet and I think 2 are the same person) yes it’s a holiday weekend and the testing is low but for the last month nearly the infections have been going down in Tokyo and across the country. If you want it to be higher would that please you and make you feel better in your world

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Instead of fronting CoVid 19 continually on the front page, how about placing any covid articles under health segment. For 18 months of continuously headlining covid is really getting, how can I put ? a real pain. I have finish commenting on Covid if I don't, I know it will effect me. I suspect a lot of readers feel the same about the continueous headlines about CoViD.

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I'm not sure massive amounts of testing would be of great benefit at this point. Given that the focus is now on getting people vaccinated and preventing hospitalizations and death.

The problem is that with these absurdly low numbers, it just provides unlimited evidence for ignorant people to resume life as per normal. Especially the under 40 crowd who drove up the whole Delta Wave and many of whom are still not vaccinated. It also decreases the "need" to seek out vaccination for that that haven't been.

Some seem to think that deaths in the dozens of hundreds are somehow "ok" because they're not in the millions. As if the value of human life depends on the magnitude of suffering. If higher positive findings will discourage careless risky behavior then I'd say it's worth the cost. Especially since one alternative is using tax money to subsidize the travel and food of the well-to-do people who have had a full salary this whole time and can afford to do both without any "support".

Also with respect to the elderly, every day I go outside in Tokyo as I have from the beginning of the pandemic, yet since earlier this year in particular, I see virtually no elderly people. It's sad that an entire segment of the population has been more of less compelled to stay home because of the selfish nature of those who value their own entertainment over the wellness of the population.

Anyway I'm just very disappointed with how everything has played out. People forced to die at home because the country didn't prepare enough hospital space. Testing done en mass for the "dirty foreigners" at the Olympic Village yet no need for the local population. Covering up Lambda and Mu infections for months. Things like that. I very much dislike how Japan has adopted a "Trump" approach to so much of this and had faced basically no backlash or outrage at all.

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@For In Tokyo: Your thoughts are interesting and welcome. Really make semse. Nice to have someone on this site thinking out of the box.

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Why do you CTs always push the testing narrative? Has it actually helped any country prevent the spread of covid? Or has it actually just delayed the spread?

If you're calling me a conspiracy theorist, you don't even understand the argument being made. I'm literally analyzing and extrapolating data. There is no allegation of deliberately hiding something: the data isn't there to hide period.

The question is why Japan has taken this approach. Does it not have the capacity to do mass testing? Does it not think mass testing is important? Does it not care about finding a more accurate sample of cases? Does it worry about the ramifications large numbers would have on the country's international credibility?

It's quite telling that an immediate labeling of "conspiracy theory" is made the second anyone raises valid points. Does it bother you that I question what the government does? Does it anger you that I'm advocating for accountability or justification?

What a dangerous world it is when the very need to question - the entire point of science - is being derided as pushing a conspiracy.

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You are maybe too easily to satisfy. A year ago it was 483 cases for the whole country and still without any vaccinations. I don’t know exactly what you try to celebrate every day now, but feel free to teach us. lol

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I'm not sure massive amounts of testing would be of great benefit at this point.

I disagree. Mass testing is a very useful way to give a clearer picture of what’s going on and perhaps most importantly, detect any possible new variants as quickly as possible.

Some get hysterical with this idea and think they are going to be manhandled in the aisles of Costco or at late night bars in Osaka, or dragged off the Shinkansen with a Pocky stick sticking out of their mouths.

It doesn’t work like that.

The government promised more testing. Hold their feet to the fire.

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People here still don’t understand how an effective reproduction number is calculated and seem to be confusing it with the percentage of people who test positive among symptomatic people who go to get tested.

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k good one

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Sven

Lower cases were before Delta appeared which is much more transmissible, the answer is simple.

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Only a vaccine and a mask can save you. Never forget. A vaccine and a mask. Got it!

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