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Tokyo reports 4,295 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 17,832

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Sunday reported 4,295 new coronavirus cases, down 799 from Saturday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 4,263.9.

People in their 20s (1,320 cases), their 30s (877) and their 40s (706) accounted for the highest numbers, while 625 cases were aged under 19.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 251, up six from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,563, up 42 from Saturday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 17.832. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (2,081), Saitama (1,773), Osaka (1,764), Chiba (1,374), Fukuoka (681), Okinawa (661), Aichi (609), Hyogo (517), Kyoto (414), Shizuoka (394), Hokkaido (366), Ibaraki (238), Gunma (177), Okayama (169), Miyagi (165), Kumamoto (158), Mie (151), Kagoshima (140), Hiroshima (135), Gifu (130), Nara (120), Shiga (114), Tochigi (112), Fukushima (111), Nagano (99), Oita (94), Niigata (75), Ishikawa (74), Toyama (70), Yamanashi (63) and Ehime (58).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 10.

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Yo, people in your 20s. Think you could manage a month without hedonism?

-4 ( +23 / -27 )

I am glad to see the number has gone down a bit and not exploded.

-37 ( +7 / -44 )

Another day with positivity rate 40%.

Normal countries get concerned when it exceeds 5%. But hey, we are all super humans here.

22 ( +32 / -10 )

There are more than 145,000 people hospitalized for Covid in Japan

really?

12 ( +14 / -2 )

JT, why do you always compare numbers with the day before? This is useless.

46 ( +49 / -3 )

Today number at 4295 - this number is 229 more than last week (last week number was 4066) - this is not a reduction in numbers

Today does not show number of tests done yesterday for todays no of 4295 - expect positivity more than 40%?

By far the highest number reported on Sunday ever since start of pandemic...

28 ( +32 / -4 )

nonu6976Today  05:00 pm JST

really?

Yes mainichi gives the information contrary to many others :

https://mainichi.jp/english/covid19

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Keep in mind that this is Obon. 229 more than the previous Sunday despite being a holiday weekend is bad. Watch the numbers jump even more next week once Obon ends.

12 ( +16 / -4 )

titinToday  04:55 pm JST

Another day with positivity rate 40%.

NOPE...there is no random testing in Japan and only symptomatic get tested. So there is no such thing as a valid "positivity rate" in Japan. The simple math used to get that number cannot be compared to other countries since the testing variable is completely different data.

-1 ( +16 / -17 )

@knittyelf

Watch the numbers jump even more next week once Obon ends.

May not happen if the number of tests are limited to around 10,000 to 15,000 range as has been the case so far....

12 ( +15 / -3 )

@joffy

do you think people in other countries get picked off the street and tested?

random testing does not exist in other countries either.

-3 ( +14 / -17 )

Yes mainichi gives the information contrary to many others :

https://mainichi.jp/english/covid19

Nice page - according to the data, Japan excludes people in quarantine from the PCR count?

Why do they do that? - they are in Japan aren't they?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

I am glad to see the number has gone down a bit and not exploded.

Going by the reaction to your post, you seem to be the only one!

I know we're a cynical bunch here, and I include myself in that definition, but the implication is that people actually want higher numbers.

We are a strange species.

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

do you think people in other countries get picked off the street and tested?

By random, I mean people without symptoms are also tested so you get a better picture of what is going on. The 40% you are claiming is simply not accurate or even close. Nationwide new-case-infection from August 4th was 28 per 100,000 in Japan. source: https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/en/2019-ncov-e.html

1 ( +11 / -10 )

Japanese government has given up, that's all. Take care all of you. Be cautious. If you are lucky, get the vaccine to get less trouble with the virus. Nothing more can be done now in this country.

Just walking in my city as usual to see life is normal, just no foreign tourists since last year. Plenty of cars from other prefectures, some far away. Many people do not care anymore.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

Wow - down 800 today.

-23 ( +5 / -28 )

Because today, again, another 10 people associated with the Paralymics tested positive (yesterday was 15, making the total approaching 500), 

Sorry, I meant to type that the total cases related to the Games was now approaching 600.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

@joffy

sore throat and tiredness are enough to get tested in Gunma and Ibaraki, but not in Tokyo.

Also, what is the point in considering people in ICU not serious in Tokyo but serious in the rest of the country?

there’s a fundamental lack of critical thinking and decision making going on. That’s what the problem is right now.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

Good to see things under control in Kanto. Little sense of emergency. Some family members visited Tokyo Disneyland and the Skytree amongst other attractions this weekend. They reported that it was not too crowded, social distancing optional, plenty of masks worn as chinstraps. Lucky buggers are off to Okinawa tomorrow!

-20 ( +6 / -26 )

Some people still can't do the maths. The number of positives is higher than last week same time. Where do you see a decrease?

13 ( +17 / -4 )

@reckless

Japan is just hopeless for the management of the pandemic.

Japanese people has chosen their government and they will pay the price, that's really bad.

14 ( +19 / -5 )

Huge beach party by Biwako today - about 150 plus young people crammed under marquees - not a mask in sight.

Mass mindlessness, which wouldn't be allowed to happen if the SOEs had some legitimate meaning with the general population.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

Wow - down 800 today.

After almost a year and a half, you still don’t understand the pattern of Japan’s testing??? It always goes down on Sunday and even further down on Monday because the number of tests drop drastically for the weekend. Also, this is Obon.

Week on week the number of new cases increased over 200, which is bad. Also, the number of severe cases (something the “this is fine” crowd kept harping on about earlier this month as if they didn’t understand the increase in severe cases generally follows 2 weeks after an increase in overall cases) also continues to jump every single day. For those who are confused: This is also very bad.

I really question some people’s basic logic skills.

12 ( +18 / -6 )

@Tamanegi

Good to see things under control in Kanto. Little sense of emergency. Some family members visited Tokyo Disneyland and the Skytree amongst other attractions this weekend. They reported that it was not too crowded, social distancing optional, plenty of masks worn as chinstraps. Lucky buggers are off to Okinawa tomorrow!

”Lucky” is not the adjective I’d use to describe them.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

Japan Tracker is declaring there are 105,000 active cases now in Kanto. The people who say they are glad to see the numbers are down, give your head a shake, this is Sunday that number is horrendous and it appears from my open 11th floor window people shouting and playing around like nothing has changed.

I am sure the death rate is so much higher, however, people are dying at home because there are no hospital beds and they are not be counted in the COVID death rate.

Summing up, the numbers are going to continue to rise until people and I mean all people of all ages take this seriously and so will the death rate.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Huge beach party by Biwako today - about 150 plus young people crammed under marquees - not a mask in sight.

If I dare have the presumptuousness to quote myself:

Yo, people in your 20s. Think you could manage a month without hedonism?

4 ( +10 / -6 )

I am glad to see the number has gone down a bit and not exploded.

Hahaha hilarious.

Saturday testing means 5,000 fewer tests than Friday which was 3,000 less than Thursday which was 3,000 less than Wednesday.

So cases down is a joke what it means bis fewer testing.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

These results are not based on tests that were conducted yesterday. They are based on outbreak reports that were received yesterday. The process of testing, sending the sample to a lab, getting the result back, notifying the patient and submitting the outbreak report can take several days. I doubt that today's figures include many patients that were tested on Saturday. Those results are more likely to be included in Monday and Tuesday's figures. What this data tells us is that there are 4295 new cases. It doesn't really matter what day the infection was confirmed.

As far as I understand, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government likes to use 7 day moving averages when calculating the number of new cases per day and the positivity rate. According to their figures, the positivity rate is hovering around 24%.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

@titin

Their rationale is that if you're in ICU but not on respiratory support, they don't count you as a severe case. Not saying I agree with it, but that is their rationale.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Definite lack of critical thinking skills in some posters, who just want to hang onto the daily changes, no matter how many times it is pointed out the the important data is trends, not fluctuations over a weekend. Is it really so hard to understand, or is it reluctance to let go of a shred of comfort?

As for random testing, it's not about grabbing people off the street. If widespread testing is available, you get a big enough sample of symptomatic and asymptomatic tests. Some of the asymptomatic ones will be negative, some positive. For example, in some countries, people in high risk settings like schools (Yes! I know. Maybe Japanese schools are different.....???) have to take weekly tests (lateral flow). Even with a less accurate test, it helps gather enough data to get a picture of the extent of community spread, and a positive needs to be followed up with a PCR. But at least anyone who gets a 15 minute result from the lateral flow test can isolate as a precaution while they wait for the PCR. This slows down the rate of spread.

And as far as severe cases go, the biggest increase is in younger people, not young people. Some places have actually prioritised students over older working people, who are mostly not vaccinated. Result - people in their 40s and 50s are now the main seriously ill group. The result of an incompetent government which has not prepared and planned for a pandemic, and are now reacting, ridiculously incompetently slowly, to the latest trend, whilst still denying what happened during the Olympics, and forging ahead with the next Paralympic circus. They must be eugenicists.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

The recent terrible weather is a godsend in keeping people from socializing and going out. Public health departments couldn't have wished for better Obon weather.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Tristris

Yes, it’s great to see you g people out enjoying themselves. Transmission is negligible outside and the risk to their health minute. People have the right to stay in or go out, I choose to go out everyday. Exercise and sunlight is important

-16 ( +5 / -21 )

For instance, they could test the 4000 fans who are right now in the stadium side by side for Yokohama FM vs Oita. That would give us an idea of a nice sample. But hey, it’s not the Olympics and it’s all Japanese fans, so they washed their hands and wear masks and everything is gonna be alright.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

The positivity rate is especially high on weekend and more so on holidays. To get tested on a holiday. you will need to report "difficulty in breathing".... Getting tired of repeating this every weekend and holiday!

8 ( +10 / -2 )

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5 ( +8 / -3 )

I am sure the death rate is so much higher, however, people are dying at home because there are no hospital beds and they are not be counted in the COVID death rate.

Really? About not being counted.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Deaths, flooding and destruction are not answers to covid social distancing.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

falseflagsteve Today  06:19 pm JST

Yes, it’s great to see you g people out enjoying themselves. Transmission is negligible outside and the risk to their health minute. People have the right to stay in or go out, I choose to go out everyday. Exercise and sunlight is important

Maybe you will get the virus soon and discover how painful it is to breath, to lose senses, to be in ICU and intubated to eventually recover and suffer long Covid. Than you realize this is not a joke.

11 ( +16 / -5 )

Rest in Peace” to those that were lost .

2 ( +7 / -5 )

I saw a few comments about the weather being beneficial for lowering the spread. Having passed dozens of Starbucks and other similar establishments, this week in particular, all it's really done is keep the irresponsible behavior indoors.

I'd sure like to know how it is people can sit in packed coffee shops and restaurants during a pandemic, reading books and eating food at their complete leisure, totally oblivious to what's going on everywhere around them. Some real top-notch parenting to have produced these types.

It's also hard to understand why the same venues closed down last year for weeks over a mere ("official") 60-300 infections per day, yet are open and allowing customers to eat in with thousands and thousands of ("official") daily infections now. Starbucks and the like can easily do take-out only, just like people can read in quiet parks or at home. Problem solved. This idea of letting customers sit there for untold amounts of time because they paid for a single coffee...but that's right: according to the Tokyo government, the danger is only after 8PM. Because as we all know, the virus is dormant during SOE business hours.

You can't save a sinking ship with hundreds of small holes just by trying to plug the big one.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

Tristris

Yes, it’s great to see you g people out enjoying themselves. Transmission is negligible outside and the risk to their health minute. People have the right to stay in or go out, I choose to go out everyday. Exercise and sunlight is important

I'll buy the "outside" part to an extent. I understand that indoors is worse than outdoors.

I go out pretty much every day too, with a mask, and I will (hopefully) get my first shot soon.

What I don't do is put myself into situations which drastically increase my risk of being infected, as that means I could then inadvertently infect others - this is possibly where our philosophies differ, as I believe that looking out for people other than oneself, especially if they are at higher risk, is something worth doing.

I have no idea about the effect of sunlight, as I'm not the omnipotent expert on Covid that you apparently are.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Tristris

Here is a link to a study. I would expect the best advice would be to meet friends outside to prevent transmission and also possibly reduce Covid symptoms. The super spreading is done in closed environments, beaches and parks are places that should be encouraged by the government.

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/728847

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

@Steve

One problem with your approach is that you haven’t backed up your views with facts. One example is you describing long Covid as a trivial matter affecting very few. If this is true, your view makes more sense. However, you haven’t backed this up.

You tend to be good with narrative but low on substance. You really do need a lot of substance when talking about medical matters.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

@Jimizo

What has long COVID got to do with anything?

Is this why you people want lockdowns now? Because this new thing is making headlines?

And this causes, God forbid, "headaches"? Oh dear.

And how many of these headaches are just psychosomatic anyway?

Enough. Time to go back to normal. 2 years, too long.

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

What has long COVID got to do with anything?

Erm, people with Covid can develop long Covid.

Is this why you people want lockdowns now? Because this new thing is making headlines?

You are getting emotional. I don’t want lockdowns. Never once stated I did.

I just want people to back up narratives with facts.

Are you against that?

4 ( +10 / -6 )

If it takes as long to be selected and randomly tested as it does to have good cop and bad cop pull you off your bike to check to see if I was stolen and your name and address are on the bike, then forget it.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

@Jimizo

Based on the above you wanted someone to make a case against long COVID being important enough to stop people from going out socialising, (i.e. going back to normal)?

We're only really starting to learn about long COVID to the extent that there's no agreed upon definition for long COVID - but the common symptoms described are headache and fatigue with other symptoms being relatively rare and these predominately occur in a fraction of people who were severe cases.

This is not enough to justify a curb on businesses rights to operate and individual freedoms imo. So there's my own case.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

We don’t actually know who is being tested and what their condition was. Reportedly it’s very difficult to get tested unless there are severe symptoms. This would make a positive rate of close to 100% likely. This situation is totally opaque. There must be another group being tested that we are not being made aware.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

10 deaths nationwide, yes 10 despite the huge amount of cases. Definite evidence that the vaccine rollout has worked. Also evidence that though Delta is more contagious it is no more deadly, likely to be less so.

-13 ( +9 / -22 )

Time to go back to normal. 2 years, too long.

It hasn't been anywhere near 2 years. You can't just wish it out of existence because you're bored. If you want to go 'back to normal' then you and others need to show a bit of fortitude and take some responsibility.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

7.44pm poster

Here's another link

https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14024988

We must take seriously our health to reduce our chances of severe Covid symptoms. Sunlight, exercise and being a healthy weight will boost the immune system.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

@ClippetyClop: 18 months is closer to 2 years than 6 months.

The last time I flew abroad was the end of Feb 2020 and the warning signs were already in abundance at Haneda.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

We're only really starting to learn about long COVID to the extent that there's no agreed upon definition for long COVID - but the common symptoms described are headache and fatigue with other symptoms being relatively rare and these predominately occur in a fraction of people who were severe cases.

Links, please.

I’d like to clarify ‘relatively rare’.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

@Foreigner in Tokyo

It's also hard to understand why the same venues closed down last year for weeks over a mere ("official") 60-300 infections per day, yet are open and allowing customers to eat in with thousands and thousands of ("official") daily infections now. 

Agreed. Reminds me of the scene in Jaws, after the first attack when eveyone filled the beach but was afraid to go in the water. But once one family went in, soon enough everyone forgot their inhibitions and they all went in (then the shark at the kid).

So I shot into the nearby Aeon shopping mall yesterday since its the only place around that sells something resembling tortilla chips (hey, I ain't in Tokyo).

Took me 25 minute just to park, and inside I haven't seen it this packed since New Years week of 2019-2020!

All age groups, families, a few gaijin. Everyone wore masks, but with the thousands of people on hand, the packed food court, and with all the out of town number plates on the cars outside probably back visiting family, I'm sure that Covid was circulating in there somewhere.

Luckily my still-waiting-to-get-vaccinated butt was in and out in of there in 10 minutes (I should have held my breath), but I'm sure that someone in there, if not several, were in the midst of catching the virus and will only realize it a few days from now.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

ah well, life must go on

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Nadrew....

We don’t actually know who is being tested and what their condition was. Reportedly it’s very difficult to get tested unless there are severe symptoms. This would make a positive rate of close to 100% likely.

Yes we do know who is being tested and what there condition was. They all reported "having difficulty breathing"... The positive rate was about 40%, there are other reasons for "covid like symptoms"

0 ( +2 / -2 )

@Jimizo

This is anecdotal evidence. We've only recently started hearing about long covid so I don't have figures.

You can google around a bit to see that brain fog and other symptoms are less common.

My own belief is that you can attribute many of these symptoms to the stress of living during a pandemic (not all cases obviously but current curtailments on individual freedoms/business operations is most certainly a factor).

Disaster survivors will often also exhibit long term psychological effects.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

18 months is closer to 2 years than 6 months.

What on earth are you talking about?

The last time I flew abroad was the end of Feb 2020

That was 18 months ago, not 2 years ago.

and the warning signs were already in abundance at Haneda.

Is the definition of 'being back to normal' the absence of things in life that we should be aware of?

0 ( +4 / -4 )

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