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Tokyo reports 4,051 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 22,045

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 4,051 new coronavirus cases, up 927 from Thursday and up 3,129 from last Friday.

It was the first since Aug 27 that the daily count has topped 4,000. Of the total, 1,474 are in their 20s, 714 in their 30s and 515 in their 40s.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, one down from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 221, up 96 from Thursday.

The Okinawan prefectural government reported 1,596 new coronavirus cases, down 221 from Thursday. However, a further 480 new cases were reported by the U.S. military in the prefecture.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 22,045. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (2,826), Okinawa, Aichi (1,317), Kanagawa (1,155), Hiroshima (997), Hyogo (929), Chiba (916), Fukuoka (800), Kyoto (671), Shizuoka (516), Hokkaido (467), Kumamoto (390), Shiga (281), Yamaguchi (268), Gunma (255), Ibaraki (249), Gifu (248), Nagano (236), Ehime (220), Mie (220), Okayama (202), Niigata (200), Tochigi (199), Nagasaki (163), Nara (158), Wakayama (149), Kagoshima (140), Yamanashi (117) and Saga (121).

Nine coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

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I think by now we are all SICK and tiered of COVID and the infections, if we don't die by the virus, we will from it's stress, that means anyway you look at it COVID will get us someday .

So GO OUT AND ENJOY your life while you can, I say.

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At least, numbers are not hidden

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Here we go again! But this should be the last dance.

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@HBJ, I’m pretty sure Japan is very careful not to let COVID into most hospitals and hesitant to reassign medical staff to COVID cases. I don’t think COVID hospitalizations will disrupt the Medical system the way it does in other countries. This is one reason we had so many COVID patients dying at home last wave. Beds for COVID were increased since then, but still marginally compared to overall hospital capacity.

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The Okinawan prefectural government reported 1,596 new coronavirus cases, down 221 from Thursday. However, a further 480 new cases were reported by the U.S. military in the prefecture.

Another unbalanced "it's the military's fault reporting!"

Okinawa reported 221 down from yesterday, well guess what the military number of 480 is DOWN 80 from yesterday too!

But the lower number is not mentioned here, just the number for Okinawa. Is this the Japanese version of Fox?

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@Raw Beer

The Omicron rollout is progressing smoothly. 

Celebrating people getting infected maybe getting hospitalized or worse? that is a new low, almost as bad as the site letting people openly enjoy the misfortune of others.

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Whats with Okinawa counting the US military cases separately?

Because they arent really "here"! Including them in the count would be saying they are a part of Okinawa!

Just like at the beginning of the pandemic, they kept the Diamond Princess numbers separate for literally months, now hardly anyone remembers or even cares.

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I’m with Steve and most of the Western world. Omicron is very very transmissible, same or worse than measles. With Japan’s behavior & working conditions it practically unavoidable. Unless you live alone and plan to stay home indefinitely you will most likely be infected (or have been already). Omicron is not Delta

iMO, Japan will max out testing capabilities and the peak of wave will pass before public understands the situation and any meaningful action is taken. Then the world will question the how Japan was so successful, and worse Japan will think their lock-out policies were effective.

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The Omicron rollout is progressing smoothly. Hopefully we'll reach herd immunity in no time...

Wishing for the infection, complication and death of people just so you can oppose vaccines evidence a huge lack of empathy, herd immunity can be reached much more safely by vaccination or boosting for those that require it without need for the extra risk from the viral infection. The people that you have brought as sources in your comments actually support the vaccines even against Omicron because they would have prevented a lot of deaths.

Also, omicron provides only mediocre elevation of immunity against other variants compared with the vaccines, that means you are happy for people being exposed to much higher risks for much lower benefits. It is difficult to be as wrong as this.

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so what, no one is dying.

Do we have to go over this every single day?

It’s great very few people are dying, but that doesn’t mean that cases skyrocketing should just be brushed off. It’s all about the capacity of hospitals, and their ability to continue treating other patients. In an elderly society, it’s important that surgeries, cancer treatments, heart attacks etc. are all done and seen asap. If you’ve suddenly got thousands more people going to hospital for covid tests, or covid symptoms, or covid treatment (even if they aren’t dying), it’s taking up vital capacity that other patients urgently need.

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Nihon ToraToday  05:51 pm JST

Wouldn't be too surprised if Omicron turns out to be about as deadly or even less than the seasonal flu on a case-by-case basis among vaccinated people. 

This data is available from some European countries already and Omicron is about half as deadly as the average seasonal flu, regardless of vaccination status. With the infections still high but hospitalizations down, the final ”deadliness” will go down even more after all the data is tallied.

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The Omicron rollout is progressing smoothly. Hopefully we'll reach herd immunity in no time...

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But really few deaths here, in any case, even before omicron

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In most countries Omicron is the only present variant apart from a minute few cases. There are no new variants out there at the moment to cause concern.

How few here in Japan? Would have been useful if you included the data directly

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Ian

In most countries Omicron is the only present variant apart from a minute few cases. There are no new variants out there at the moment to cause concern.

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Thomas Goodtime

The scientists and experts do declare proudly that we will all catch Omicron as it’s so virulent. All the info is available, surprised you haven’t seen it yet

As for US high hospitalization rates there is still some Delta about and the incredibly poor health of the average American, mostly due to obesity and the poor health system contributes to this greatly.

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 people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, one down from Thursday

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@Mr Kipling

@residents of Tokyo wanting to be tested

From the same site given by Mr Kipling, thank you, you can find a google map with the free test sites if you are not at ease with adress in Japanese

https://tokyo-kensasuishin.jp/

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1HUpuIIwkwYSOmZK0thcL46i6reNnC26Q&ll=35.661962763831646%2C139.59650254999997&z=10

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Wouldn't be too surprised if Omicron turns out to be about as deadly or even less than the seasonal flu on a case-by-case basis among vaccinated people. Not to say it won't cause problems in the short term due to it being far more transmissible than flu and so many becoming infected all at once. We'll see the previous record case numbers surpassed next week and where it goes from there will depend more on how much testing is done than anything. The big wave of cases will most likely be pretty much over by Easter and beyond that the pandemic should be pretty much over - I doubt the government will be quite so quick to accept this though meaning it will be dragged out with unnecessary restrictions probably for months longer.

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Reckless...

Not enough tests to reach 5 digits..

There are 190 places in Tokyo where you can get a LAMP PCR test just by walking in and asking.

Not sure about other places but here are the 190 places in the capital... all free not a single yen!

Only in Japanese....

so please stop saying testing is difficult. It isn't anymore.

https://tokyo-kensasuishin.jp/img/business.pdf

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This is all a push for booster that the Japanese public does not know do nothing for omicron.

it’s like when a movie does really bad abroad and they try to sell it as the number one movie in America because most Japanese do not consume foreign content.

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Remember to get fully vaccinated, 二回

Those fully vaccinated should get booster after 6 months, ブースター

For Those Seeking Vaccination Sites in Japan,

https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/search/

コロナワクチン ナビ

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=en&tl=ja&u=https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/search/

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The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, one down from Thursday.

Three!

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If you dont have a fever you dont have the flu. Fact!

First: that is untrue. Second: if you scream fact, got anything to back it up with? Or are we just playing couch-MD?

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Some of these are delta cases spread over the New year holiday, as of last week 35% of cases were delta. That number will percentage will drop rapidly. Hospitalizations take on average 20 days after infection. so the ICU numbers today are not important.

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What proof do you have of this? I'm just curious because nobody I know anywhere in the world has caught this yet.

Probably because they have no symptoms and don't even know it, like the majority. Or maybe you just don't know many people.

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About 80% of Japanese folks do believe that the vaccine is working.

Let's roll out those boosters ASAP.

Please.

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klausdorth

The 4 digit count has been reached for Tokyo - soon 5 digits?

Safe bet it will. Meanwhile, it also a safe bet that this will remain in the single digits: "The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, one down from Thursday".

Enjoy the self-created panic.

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Klausdorth

96 out of 130 million is incredibly low, in fact much lower than would be in the ICU at this time of year from flu. Put the numbers in perspective, this is by far from being a. Dangerous virus to your average person.

Worrying and stress causes the immune system to weaken, not a good idea.

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Nearly half in Tokyo are in their 20s!

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"The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, one down from Thursday, health officials said."

"Cases" with Omicron will skyrocket, as the variant is incredibly infectious. Which is what the headlines will scream at us. Meanwhile, down in the article, we notice: "The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, one down from Thursday, health officials said."

Which really should be the story...

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Everyone will catch this and everyone will have a good source of immunity. Carry on with things, take precautions, have a vaccine if you desire. I’d recommend daily Vitamin D especially as it’s winter. If you’re overweight, shed a few pounds, improves your life in many ways,

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It’s because they made the pcr test free recently. Before they cost upwards from ¥25000 yen.

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Life will continue as normal. Most small businesses cannot afford to shut down at this point. Kanpai!

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Whats with Okinawa counting the US military cases separately?

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so what, no one is dying.

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