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Tokyo reports 3,168 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,031

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 3,168 new coronavirus cases, up 259 from Tuesday and 1,060 down from last Wednesday. It is the 10th straight day that the daily figure has been lower than the same day of the previous week.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 3,369.3.

People in their 20s (835 cases), their 30s (668) and their 40s (506) accounted for the highest numbers, while 571 cases were aged under 20.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 286, one down from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 2,092, down 18 from Tuesday and the first decline in 42 days.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 20,031. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (3,004), Kanagawa (1,921), Saitama (1,203), Chiba (1,134), Hyogo (1,018), Fukuoka (1,017), Okinawa (535), Kyoto (532), Shizuoka (480), Hokkaido (351), Gifu (278), Mie (269), Hiroshima (266), Okayama (218), Nara (216), Ibaraki (215), Shiga (183), Gunma (180), Kumamoto (180), Miyagi (171), Tochigi (164), Aomori (133), Oita (127) and Kagoshima (96).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 71.

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The ladies Windows shopping . Stay home and help not to spread the virus please.

-7 ( +13 / -20 )

Strangely enough, 3,168 is 110 more cases than at the beginning of last month. I will be interesting to see how this month pans out.

Just saying!

4 ( +13 / -9 )

Wow! Going up. So, was this what the Japanese Government wanted to happen because they all said that they are doing a great job of stopping COVID. The results are their target?

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

I notice also 1,406 cases of people under 30 are in the stats. That represents 44.38% of daily total.

Again, just saying!

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

Yesterday I guessed 2,950-3100,Damn!

missed it by a little

2 ( +9 / -7 )

wow its getting real bad over there stay safe people

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

Stay home where you don't need an umbrella

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

even though test numbers are still pathetic, its good to see the numbers going down - I really hope we are starting to see the light at the end of tunnel...

7 ( +13 / -6 )

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-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Does anyone know how positive cases are handled? Japan as a whole is very into privacy, and I've wondered for some time now how that plays into the virus. If someone goes to a public testing facility, I would assume their personal information is not only recorded but also reported to the government. On the other hand private clinics seemingly don't have to report specifics, though the clinic itself would still know who is sick.

There are around 10,000+ people who are confirmed to have the virus in Tokyo forced to recover at home. Presumably their symptoms are not bad enough to warrant hospitalization during a time when hospitals are basically full. I wonder how many other people might be sick but skipped testing entirely due to either privacy issues or just the knowledge a confirmation won't allow them hospital access.

While the issue can't be avoided under normal circumstances (when companies or schools require proof of illness from a doctor's office) those who can work or study via Zoom and WebEx and so on could get around it, as would NEETs.

It's just something to ponder. I've heard stories from the 80's regarding HIV for example, and even now someone who has HIV would be extremely stigmatized given how uncommon it is (unlike say, in the USA where the fear largely went away in the 90's). So I wouldn't be surprised if there are sick people who just don't want to get diagnosed to avoid social problems or judgements; it would be very easy to assume a salariman or college student who contracts the virus must have been out drinking or disobeying SOE guidance, for example, and many people might not want to be associated with that kind of irresponsibly.

So while I am sure the case numbers would be significantly higher if testing was as well, I do question how many people genuinely want to get tested in the first place.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

Numbers, if you wanna call it that way, increasing again, at least compared with yesterday. More than 4.000 tomorrow is my guess! The light at the end of the tunnel is still far away!

8 ( +13 / -5 )

So I wouldn't be surprised if there are sick people who just don't want to get diagnosed to avoid social problems or judgements;

There is a big difference between HIV and COVID in this respect, as HIV is largely a lifestyle disease. But anyone could catch COVID.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

Low numbers including severe lower cases nationwide, job being done well.

Back to normal soon, though I’ve carried on as normal during the whole time whilst taking extra precautions of course.

-8 ( +8 / -16 )

klausdorthToday  05:23 pm JST

Numbers, if you wanna call it that way, increasing again, at least compared with yesterday.

You can't suddenly move the goalposts when the week-to-week numbers keep decreasing. For some strange reason you don't want or refuse to believe that the situation is getting better. I wish people would be more objective.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

nonu6976Today  05:05 pm JST

even though test numbers are still pathetic, its good to see the numbers going down

Are you expecting them to start testing asymptomatic people at random? Are you expecting Japanese people to volunteer for testing when they have no symptoms? There is no point other than to waste a lot of money and time. Look abroad and see the media hype, lockdowns, and social division. Be happy you live in Japan where this virus hasn't shut down the economy and have kept deaths low, per capita.

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

How is it possible that for more than a year and a half now they keep reducing tests everyday but it hasn't got to zero?

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

So cases up despite 5,000 fewer initial testing numbers compared to yesterday.

Yesterday's adjusted testing is as i expected 4,000 lower than the same day last week.

Even as they test fewer and fewer they still can't stop the number of cases from being high and going up!

So even when they update today's testing numbers that will still be 4,000 to 5,000 lower than last week, take a guess where the drop in cases came from.

6 ( +14 / -8 )

Been following the posters here for over a year now and just startrd commenting. I have literally seen the same people, saying the same things for over a year.

15 ( +19 / -4 )

Does anyone know how positive cases are handled? Japan as a whole is very into privacy, and I've wondered for some time now how that plays into the virus.

I am also curious about home scenarios when one family member tests positive but the rest doesn't. What happens? Does the family leave them and stay elsewhere?

Last week, my son's Kindergarten called and said his teacher tested positive for Covid and that my son and the rest of the class would need a PCR test the next day. Between the call and the PCR the next day, I couldn't stop thinking about what would happen if he was positive but the rest of us family wasn't. Would my wife and I have to flip a coin to see who stays with him? He tested negative luckily. I just want to hear what other families are doing in the same situation.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Back to normal soon, though I’ve carried on as normal during the whole time whilst taking extra precautions of course.

Same here. My life has not changed one bit, except wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer. I still travel, and go out. I have been out ALOT and have not caught COVID. (That I know of) People need to continue loving their life. However those that have lived in fear since this started has just made it more fun for me. I can travel and places are not super busy!

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

AntiquesavingToday  05:51 pm JST

Testing has jumped the shark. Please get over it. It is so repetitive and brings nothing to the conversation. The way Japan has tested has NOT changed. They always test the symptomatic. So the positive cases that are recorded show a decline. The exact same as the previous curves. There is no trickery going on. Fortunately it seems things are getting better based on the last 10 days of data.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

Back to normal soon

Could you elaborate on what normal would look like for you falseflagsteve?

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Foreigner in Tokyo,

If you’re tested using National Healthcare Insurance it gets reported to the Public Health Center. If you pay for the test yourself, and you test positive, you are supposed to be referred to the PHC, but reporting the case isn’t obligatory. There was some talk about including self-financed tests on these daily numbers but I guess that boat has sailed.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

September has not started well in Osaka. 3 people under 50 dead. Last month it was seven in total. 13 people under 50 in ICU last month it was 154 in total.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

ahar

Back to normal is everything open like before, no alcohol restrictions etc and no SOE’s anymore

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

Been following the posters here for over a year now and just startrd commenting. I have literally seen the same people, saying the same things for over a year.

There’s only so much whining that can be done, so they’ve resorted to copying & pasting

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

Are you expecting them to start testing asymptomatic people at random? Are you expecting Japanese people to volunteer for testing when they have no symptoms? There is no point other than to waste a lot of money and time. Look abroad and see the media hype, lockdowns, and social division. Be happy you live in Japan where this virus hasn't shut down the economy and have kept deaths low, per capita.

I generally agree with your posts, but not on this point. There is a viable inbetween. Obviously in the west they are not forcing people to test like in China, but tests are hugely more accessible than in Japan. For example in the UK there are drop in test centers where you can do a rapid lateral flow test for free. If this comes back positive you can then do a PCR test.

Such centers should be around everywhere. Then for anyone feeling a bit under the weather, wondering if they have a cold or covid, they can drop in at their convenience and get a test. This would catch much more mild cases and thus reduce the spread. Given Japans gaman culture, long working hours little holiday, inability to take time of work without using sick pay, and private health care costs, the Japanese govt should make it hugely easier to get a test.

No one can argue that a 20% positivity rate is not an absolute disgrace.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Been following the posters here for over a year now and just startrd commenting. I have literally seen the same people, saying the same things for over a year.

Yep testing reduced everyday, haven't increased, should be at negative hundreds of thousands now =)

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

@audioboy

Also in the UK large amounts of people had tests at home. Many NHS staff were testing themselves twice a week. They were also allowed to use the tests on family living with them and family in their bubbles.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

@ joffy

The way Japan has tested has NOT changed.

Please prove it.

Also prove it exist a way Japan test, meaning that is common all over Japan.

Tips : close contacts

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Foreigner in Tokyo

Well in Japan when the schools have a positive case they isolate the child and then inform others.

Last year they didn’t test, but for example today in a class at a company I am working at, a family member got an infection.

Now we will wait to see if the kid is also positive, and do tests on those in the class

My little brother tested positive today!

He lives with his girl, he was sent home with some meds.

This is what happens with everyone that I know. Some people choose to go to stay in hotels when they are the onlt one, or have the option, can afford it, etc.

The rest simply go home and rest.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Neither the CDC or Mayo Clinic recommend mass testing so why do some people here think it's a good idea?

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Falsesteve

Low numbers including severe lower cases nationwide, job being done well.

Did you look at the number of deaths? Check it and let us know whether it is still job well done .

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Let’s focus on Tokyo where it’s down 1000 + cases from last week and skim over Osaka which reached over 3000 cases for the first time ever…

9 ( +10 / -1 )

They always test the symptomatic. So the positive cases that are recorded show a decline.

If they are always testing symptomatic cases then the positivity rate should always be close to 100 percent.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

That is correct information. They are NOT testing asymptomatic people.

People who have symptoms are no way near 100% positive, they are many other viruses and other forms of illnesses floating around.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Vaccinations aren't a miracle cure if you are morbidly obese and unhealthy, like a large percentage of the US population. The fat-shaming culture in Japan is doing a good job at keeping deaths comparatively low.

If you could show me data to support your assertion then let's see.

Until then I'll assume that most of the unhealthy people that died due to covid you allude to were unvaccinated.

There's a reason people with underlying conditions are prioritized for vaccinations.

I don't think it's to waste doses.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

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