People wait at an intersection in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: AP/Koji Sasahara
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Tokyo reports 290 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,128

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 290 new cases of the coronavirus, up 174 from Monday.

The number (160 men and 130 women) is the result of 4,083 tests conducted on March 6. Ninety cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 39, down seven from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 381.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 1,128. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Saitama (106), Osaka (103), Kanagawa (100), Chiba (82), Hokkaido (63), Hyogo (41), Aichi (39), Miyagi (35), Fukuoka (34), Ibaraki (26) and Okinawa (23).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 58.

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Comments asking why is Japan slow with vaccines.

Slowness in preventing, slowness in reconstructing. This is Japan. Why would it be any different in affairs concerning the pandemic?

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The first day for a while where active cases actually increased.

3 prefectures now have no active cases at all which is good but government really needs more urgency around the vaccination program.

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The number reporting is like a see saw up and down. I think Japan is doing that new Covid math Itrickonometery

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God, that photo. Why is it always men who can't wear masks properly? And everyone looks like they were dressed by the Blue Peter appeal. Poor

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Goodlucktoyou - 39 serious out of 128,000,000 people. The end is near.

Do you mean the end for the 39 people with severe symptoms?

I’m quite sure you would not be rejoicing if you were one of the 39.

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Let’s not get too nasty here. We all just want this to end as fast as possible. This has already gone on way too long.

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Because the EU placed export restrictions on the vaccines.

Yeah right, it's only EU's fault while there are vaccines produced in Russia, China, USA as well ...

Please explain the above numbers.

Once again : japanese food diet bring less comorbidities factors than western food hence a lower death rate.

Japanese govt strategy has nothing to do with it.

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Why IS Japan so slow at rolling out the vaccines?

Because the EU placed export restrictions on the vaccines.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Why IS Japan so slow at rolling out the vaccines? 

I take it you've never lived or worked in Japan.

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most important number here is the severely hospitalized @ 39

I agree. Tokyo's number (out of near 10 million residents) is already exremely small and continuing to go down.

I heard a US citizen arrived at Narita and was told even though he was vaccinated he still had to observe the two-week quarantine. 

But as far as I know other countries have imposed the same measures to any visitors. We have yet to reach common agreement on a global vax passport. In US, those jabbed are now allowed to take off masks.

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"Don mai-N!" Don Mai-N!" "Ganbare Japan!" I can't wait for the Tokyo Olympics......................

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39 serious out of 128,000,000 people. The end is near.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Why IS Japan so slow at rolling out the vaccines? Unless they pull their fingers out the Olympics will be a pointless exercise.... Tourism and business travellers will be hit badly, hotels will find it hard to cope... or do they want Japan to be isolated again?

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severely hospitalized @ 39

They likely just died (Tokyo has many deaths each day) and they are not admitting new patients or classify them as "not severe." Easy-paesy to make the numbers look good.

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most important number here is the severely hospitalized @ 39, that's pretty good considering it was over 95+ about a month ago. Just let us get back into the bars and start drinking again!

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Still a very small number. Also, what's with the accompanying picture?

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robert maes - Vaccinating is now a much higher priority than testing

Vaccinations are not the silver bullet Japan is praying it will be.

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Agree with above comment

and travel will be a huge problem if Japan doesn’t get its vaccine act together

I heard a US citizen arrived at Narita and was told even though he was vaccinated he still had to observe the two-week quarantine. It’s not good enough and already Japan is falling behind other G7 not to mention Third World countries

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Vaccinating is now a much higher priority than testing, however i don’t think i have to expect vaccination this year.

here is my worry. As most other countries will vAccinate their people they will be able to return to normal life and business earlier and us, japanese businesses and people will be severely handicapped in our competitive position as we won’t be able to meet in person as fast as nearly all other countries. That might deal us a much more heavy blow than the current situation where all countries have the same business hurdles.

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Boing. Seems we're getting a minor pogo stick effect at the moment, but nothing that's particularly concerning. Numbers are continuing to trend down or flatline around the country, aside from a small uptick in Hokkaido.

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..... not bad for a weekend (those 4.083 tests).

But the numbers are increasing again, despite what people might say.

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4,083 tests..... Ok.

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