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Tokyo reports 3,581 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 22,750

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 3,581 new coronavirus cases, down 646 from Friday and 1,493 down from last Saturday. It is the sixth 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 3,971.3.

People in their 20s (988 cases), their 30s (701) and their 40s (574) accounted for the highest numbers, while 634 cases were aged under 20.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 297, up three from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 2,060, up 60 from Friday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 22,750. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (2,378), Osaka (2,641), Aichi (1,891), Chiba (1,630), Saitama (1,608), Hyogo (1,050), Fukuoka (953), Okinawa (655), Shizuoka (603), Kyoto (540), Hokkaido (457), Mie (415), Gunma (367), Gifu (341), Hiroshima (339), Ibaraki (281), Kumamoto (259), Nara (222), Okayama (210), Tochigi (206), Miyagi (184), Shiga (178), Kagoshima (157), Oita (147), Niigata (115) and Aomori (100).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 42.

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Tokyo also recorded 19 deaths from 20s to 100s (occured between July 27 and August 23).

5 ( +6 / -1 )

If you look at the Tokyo Government COVID-19 reporting site, the lower number of positive cases reported follow exactly the number of tests conducted:

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

This it the sure way to ensuring lower numbers.

2 ( +13 / -11 )

Yes, walking there infected and spreading the viruses is very fine, healthily riding a bike would be not. ROFL

3 ( +7 / -4 )

On related news, Osaka wants to set up a field hospital: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210828/k10013229081000.html

This would be a terrible image for Japan as the country that "handled the pandemic better than most."

6 ( +13 / -7 )

It is reassuring to see these clearly improving (and not manipulated directly or in-directly whatsoever) data improve by the week!

We're in good hands everyone.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

Not sure what the photo has to do with the headline.

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SarcasmOnlyToday  04:57 pm JST

It is reassuring to see these clearly improving (and not manipulated directly or in-directly whatsoever) data improve by the week!

We're in good hands everyone.

More patients with moderate symptoms not treated at hospitals.

More patients in ICU.

More deaths.

More people recovered from Covid but incapacited with long lasting effects.

More business owners of bars, restaurants and izakayas going to bankruptcy.

If this is "be in good hands for you", lucky you.

8 ( +15 / -7 )

If you look at the Tokyo Government COVID-19 reporting site, the lower number of positive cases reported follow exactly the number of tests conducted:

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

This it the sure way to ensuring lower numbers.

Test positivity rate is falling so this doesn't make sense.

Do you people really think that the so called government conspiracy can be spotted by average Joe looking at the official stats site? Don't you think they would take a little bit more care to cover it up? Why would have the numbers even gone up in the first place if there was a cover up?

How many people do you personally know in hospital or to have even caught covid? I bet it's not many if any. So all you people do is react to the officially released stats and then for some reason convince yourself they are suppressing them. If they didn't report them in the first place you wouldn't even be concerned.

-8 ( +7 / -15 )

It would be interesting to know the extent to which the local folk (i.e. the Japanese people) believe these numbers.

We're a cynical lot on here (I mean that as a compliment) and I like to think we have reasonably well calibrated BS meters.

But I wonder what the Japanese themselves make of these weird numbers, which always seem to go down when there's an event on. I've always considered them to be brilliant people in many ways, but in others they can be far too trusting for their own good...which would explain the voting records over the last 70-80 years.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Can someone answer my questions please.

When someone is tested positive to Covid19 and is asymptomatic, should he go to quarantine? How long? Does he have to do another test later?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

So we have experts warning about undetected covid cases.

Tokyo's solution is to test even less than imaginable.

Yesterday's initial testing for Thursday testing was 13,316 this was updated to 14,988 usually the updates are around 3,000 more.

Last week Thursday testing was over 19,000

Today we had the initial testing number at 10,978 add 2,000 that will be added in the next update that is under 13,000

Last Friday 19,500 test.

So 6,500 fewer tests.

And people are going to go "oh great cases are down!"

The only people that believe these numbers are paid Government supporters or have severe problems with simple facts and logic.

3 ( +11 / -8 )

Good observation @thepersoniamnow 5:03p. Perhaps it may have something to do with “high school physics” of the speed & airflow around a riding cyclist possibly causing aerosol particles of some here-to-wit unknown variant to disperse amongst pedestrians? . . .

- “Not sure what the photo has to do with the headline.” -

. . . Perhaps *we should wait for ‘more qualified individuals’ and Resident “experts” to reassure us and to weigh in on the relevance of said accompanying photo? From the article:

“Security guards hold posters of a district ordinance banning bike riding on the sidewalk in the Ginza shopping district of Tokyo.” -

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I'm not going to say, "I told you so" but...lol

JK guys, let's all celebrate these lowering numbers. Who knows, we might even reach the pre spike numbers by early September like I predicted, and we can finally get back to normal. Drinks are on me.

With the spikes happening every few months or so, we should be well vaccinated by the time the next one arrives. Sayonara Covid.

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TheTruthIsOutThereToday  05:14 pm JST

Can someone answer my questions please.

When someone is tested positive to Covid19 and is asymptomatic, should he go to quarantine? How long? Does he have to do another test later?

That depends on what country, and where you got tested.

In most other developed countries you must quarantine and I think get a negative test.

In Japan if you got tested by the ultra rare government paid testing, which is impossible because they will not test those without symptoms.

But in theory you are contacted and the conciliation centre is supposed to give you guidance.

If tested privately and you paid, well basically do whatever you feel like doing as it will not be reported.

Most likely your boss will insist you show up for work as usual seeing you don't have a fever, etc ..

Afterall this is Japan.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Tokyo has 4226 patients hospitalized for covid with 294 under ventilator/ecmo. How many in ICU, it's not published but we can extrapolate to 900 compared to others countries.

2006 others are recovering at hotels, 25040 at home.

And 10614 are awaiting guidance on hospital, admission, etc.

Amazing numbers.

But don't worry, the number of infected is going down. Thanks to great Government of Koike.

Happy not to live in Tokyo.

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jderToday  05:20 pm JST

With the spikes happening every few months or so, we should be well vaccinated by the time the next one arrives. Sayonara Covid.

You convinced yourself that Covid will be gone ? Really ?

After this wave, their will be another one for sure, you should know that. It happens everywhere. The thing is to be prepared to manage the new wave like some countries do but Japan don't at all. 防災 is a myth in Japan.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 3,581 new coronavirus cases, down 646 from Friday and 1,493 down from last Saturday

Testing down by over 9,000 when updated that will be 6,500.

Amazing how that works.

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AntiquesavingToday  05:22 pm JST

That depends on what country, and where you got tested.

In most other developed countries you must quarantine and I think get a negative test.

In Japan if you got tested by the ultra rare government paid testing, which is impossible because they will not test those without symptoms.

But in theory you are contacted and the conciliation centre is supposed to give you guidance.

If tested privately and you paid, well basically do whatever you feel like doing as it will not be reported.

Most likely your boss will insist you show up for work as usual seeing you don't have a fever, etc ..

Afterall this is Japan.

That's what I feared.

Anyone who is tested positive should isolate many days until a negative test is done, this sounds so logical.

Japan is not able to prevent covid19 disaster to occur. This is a shame.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

It was inevitable that the number would start dropping given how many people are vaccinated now. 3000 odd is still too many though.

Close to 70 million people in Japan have had at least one dose now.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

The Case Positive rate is a key metric to understanding how well a country has this under control. The WHO suggests having a rate under 5% indicates infection prevention measures are effective.

Japan currently sits at about 20%, with an apallingly low rate of testing for a developed country. No only that there is almost no contract tracing in Japan, a Covid app with a very low usage rate and no mandatory QR code and location registration.

https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing#the-positive-rate-a-crucial-metric-for-understanding-the-pandemic

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Good afternoon. DidI just write good? Well, as far as numbers go, yes there are 646 cases less than yesterday, but then the 3,581 added to the month for Tokyo, still represent a tad over 35% of all cases. And of people under 30 years of age, 1,622 of those 3,581 is a whopping 45.29% of the day's figure.

Just looked at the scramble crossing in Shibuya. To me, people don't seem to worry about social distancing.

Just saying!

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@jder

*by early September like I predicted, and we can finally get back to normal. *Drinks are on me.

If that will really happen, I will take you by your word!

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@TheTruthIsOutThere

After this wave, their will be another one for sure, you should know that. It happens everywhere. The thing is to be prepared to manage the new wave like some countries do but Japan don't at all.

That's what I'm saying. When the next one happens in a few months, enough people will be vaccinated, that it'll be a fairly unremarkable event.

As far as what will be done for the next one, the argument for lockdown took a BIG hit with this wave. Even with the government essentially doing nothing, packed trains and all, the spike only lasted about a month.

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jderToday  05:20 pm JST

Who knows, we might even reach the pre spike numbers by early September like I predicted, and we can finally get back to normal. Drinks are on me.

But life is quite normal here in Japan. Okay, you can't eat at restaurant after 8pm and you can drink alcohol at restaurant. But apart from that, life is really normal in Japan.

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MontyToday  05:43 pm JST

@jder

*by early September like I predicted, and we can finally get back to normal. *Drinks are on me.

If that will really happen, I will take you by your word

Well judging by the way testing is dropping I would say you have a good chance at getting that drink.

If the pattern continues By tomorrow testing will be under 2,000, Monday's testing will be around 5,000 Tuesday's 3,000 and by Wednesday Tokyo government will declare victory.

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jderToday  05:45 pm JST

That's what I'm saying. When the next one happens in a few months, enough people will be vaccinated, that it'll be a fairly unremarkable event.

As far as what will be done for the next one, the argument for lockdown took a BIG hit with this wave. Even with the government essentially doing nothing, packed trains and all, the spike only lasted about a month.

The next wave will happen only after a few weeks, not months.

Yes, vaccination is the main key to handle the situation but measures should be taken to prevent spreading by doing more tests, isolating infected people, closing classroom when infections occur there... The less people are infected, the less stress on the medical system and the better ill patients can be healed.

Between lockdown and doing nothing (except preventing alcohol and dinner after 8 pm, how pathetic this is), there are things that can be done.

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This is not news anymore

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Well I will be out field testing the lock-down night life of Osaka soon. I expect drinking and eating will be later than 8. Although it might be the car park of a local 7-11. I have not ventured out often recently so it will be very interesting to see what is really going on. The wife has given me a small bottle of spray because she thinks its the toilets (seats and handles) that are the most toxic places to touch. I tend to agree with that sentiment considering the worst place on the Princess was the toilet floor for virus numbers.

As for the daily numbers who cares anymore.

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Good to see cases dropping. No need to test if fewer people are getting sick, right?

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

and yes - @Antiquesaving: Things WILL be back to normal by the end of Sep/Mid Oct. Testing is irrelevant now with the pace of vaccine rollout. No reason to test those that are other than symptomatic

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Do you people really think that the so called government conspiracy

The only person who is talking about "conspiracy" is you...

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theResidentToday  06:16 pm JST

and yes - @Antiquesaving: Things WILL be back to normal by the end of Sep/Mid Oct. Testing is irrelevant now with the pace of vaccine rollout. No reason to test those that are other than symptomatic

But life IS already normal for most of the people in Japan. What are you talking about ?

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 pace of vaccine rollout. 

What vaccine rollout? You mean only the elites and the privileged? They got it, but the general population do not have access.

But for rest of the people under age of 65, there's barely any access to vaccines. We have to wait in long times for Shibuya or try to get lucky with JSDF. For many people even vouchers were not sent out.

Vaccine rollout is only for the elites and the privileged, either working in a Tier 1 company getting the vaccine from their company, or elite wards such as Minato.

For the rest of us, getting access to a vaccine is like winning a lottery. Chances of having access this year is pretty much none.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Quite why this photo was chosen for this story is anyone's guess... Random Tokyo street photo?

Yesterday's photo was a person touting on the sidewalk.

Dunno how it's relevant.

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I bet tomorrow Sunday, Tokyo will declare around 3000 infections.

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The Case Positive rate is a key metric to understanding how well a country has this under control. The WHO suggests having a rate under 5% indicates infection prevention measures are effective.

Japan currently sits at about 20%, with an apallingly low rate of testing for a developed country. No only that there is almost no contract tracing in Japan, a Covid app with a very low usage rate and no mandatory QR code and location registration.

Totally agree with all of that.

However it doesn't change the fact that we have passed the peak of this particular wave.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

It's not a conspiracy, so stop using that as a way to delegitimize valid questions and concerns.

Everyone knows the reported cases are a fraction of the real incidence. That's just a fact, given the testing policy. But that policy has been a constant since the start (in fact it was originally even harder to get a test than now, originally they only tested people with pneumonia type symptoms). I personally agree this a stupid policy.

However lots of people on this forum are saying the government are further restricting and limiting testing beyond this policy, and under reporting deaths, to intentional suppress truth from the public. That is called a conspiracy theory.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Good. Seems the vaccines are doing their job and people can finally start living a normal life again no thanks to this SoE nonsense.

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falseflagsteveToday  07:01 pm JST

Numbers fall yet again and Covid is in retreat. The vaccines are working fine and the more they are administered the less of a threat Covid is.

Now most elderly have been vaccinated, the emphasis should be vaccinating the obese and those with underlying health issues, most people are in little danger from the virus.

Numbers in Japan are not falling at all, you are wrong.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Does anyone know how Japan/Tokyo classifies a death from COVID? 

AFAIK, it's not known.

Eventually the real numbers will be known indirectly from the excess deaths minus normal flu deaths, since flu has disappeared for now.

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theResidentToday  07:40 pm JST

Nice try.

I never said anything about a conspiracy, I am saying their are non standard way if counting especially in the positivity rate.

And I am saying the testing is being lowered.

Otherwise explain how suddenly we have these lower cases at the exact time testing is lowered over 15% from a week before, explain why Saturday and Sunday testing drops to a few thousand.

Are you saying people aren't getting sick on weekends, they suddenly all decide to wait for Monday to be sick.

No other country has testing drop before cases drop, only Japan if I am having a heart attack on Sunday do I wait for Monday to go to the hospital? No!

So if I covid with a fever and problems breathing am I going to wait for Monday? Think hard and use logic!

It is clear vaccines are doing their job, as we are seeing a very small portion of cases being over 65, what is also clear from July 28 severe cases are now mostly those 39 to 49 that in Tokyo getting vaccine if your company isn't doing it is not an easy thing to do

What is not going to change much is some silly walk in vaccination centre in one location where most don't live and can't get time off to go.

More alarming are the peer reviewed reports now not only showing Delta is more contagious but also causes more severe cases.

Latest report is out of Singapore so the common argument usually pushed by one here doesn't apply especially since they compared relatively similar people that were since with the original variants as well as others and Delta.

So keep saying get vaccinated that I 100% agree with but acknowledge that at this point those not vaccinated are entering the section of the population that cannot for a multitude of reasons from no vaccine to not open to their age group to just their employers won't give them the time off to go.

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The government can actually eradicate covid at any time.

Notice how if they reduce testing the number of cases does not balloon afterwards?

When testing is reduced or stopped the virus also stops spreading. That's why there were no explosive increases in sick people and deaths.

You would think undiagnosed hundreds and thousands everyday for more than a year would have infected the whole country by now but it didnt happen because spread of infection stops when you don't test =)

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What I'd like to know now is why the govt still continues with the conspiracy. Everyone said it was because of the Olympics before.

How about now what's the reason?

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So what I would like to know is if the testing is so open and available as so many claim.

Why did a bunch of Japanese expert just recently express their concerns that not enough is being done to find the true number of cases.

I guess they to must be conspiracy theorist.

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8.46pm poster

Do you have any verifiable evidence rather than some guys speculating, they have a hunch, it doesn’t mean anything.

We must be careful with Covid, don’t believe everything on TV or the internet or from gossip in the street.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Here is a simple challenge for those saying Tokyo is transparent in its information.

Show us "exactly" how it arrives at its claimed positivity rate.

By exactly I mean give us the 7 day numbers, the total and the cases used to compare and arrive at the positivity rate.

Good luck and I expect an answer seeing you all claim everything is transparent and clear.

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8.53pm poster

Did you miss the big headline just a few days ago or were you to busy in bar?

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

https://japantoday.com/category/national/experts-warn-of-untested-covid-cases-in-tokyo-as-average-dips

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8.58 pm poster

I saw it, it says there may be untested people, so what? It doesn’t prove anyone is hiding things. Everyone knows there are tons out there it Covid. Most people have little or no symptoms, especially the non seniors in decent health.

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@falseflagsteve

anyone is hiding things.

Nobody says that. Where did you hear that?

We just say that the numbers are low because testing is painfully low.

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