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Tokyo reports 4,561 news coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 25,744

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 4,561 new coronavirus cases, up 510 from Friday and up 3,337 from last Saturday.

Of the total, 1,743 are in their 20s, 759 in their 30s, 568 in their 40s and 568 aged between 10 and 19.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is four, up one from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 233, up 12 from Friday.

The Okinawan prefectural government reported 1,829 new coronavirus cases, up 233 from Friday. However, a further 282 new cases were reported by the U.S. military in the prefecture.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 25,744, the highest figure since Aug 20. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (3,692), Kanagawa (1,538), Aichi (1,480), Hiroshima (1,212), Hyogo (1,191), Saitama (1,173), Fukuoka (1,098), Chiba (945), Kyoto (725), Hokkaido (695), Shizuoka (488), Kumamoto (413), Gunma (319), Niigata (284), Ibaraki (256), Gifu (251), Shiga (239), Yamaguchi (220), Okayama (218), Nagasaki (207), Mie (206), Tochigi (203), Saga (171), Kagoshima (166), Nara (160), Wakayama (157), Aomori (143), Ehime (158), Aomori (143) and Miyazaki (137).

Six coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

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4.561 on a Saturday?

Up 3.337 compared with last Saturday .... this will never end!

Most of them in their 20s, must be the result of "becoming an adult day"?

0 ( +13 / -13 )

thats a 300% increase from last Saturday - lets just assume we only get a 100% increase next Saturday - we are basically at 10,000.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is four, up one from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 233, up 12 from Friday.

No worry, it seems the situation is turning around.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

No precedent for numbers climbing much higher so they will slam the breaks on testing somehow.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Even medical staff haven't managed to get their booster shots yet - absolutely ridiculous.

1 ( +14 / -13 )

It will peak soon enough and be over. The symptoms for the vast majority are mild. This affects the upper airways, not damaging the lungs which can also cause damage to other organs.

Everyone will catch this and it will pass soon. Japan is a low obesity country with citizens in general good health, panic and fear mongering is unnecessary and unwelcome.

-3 ( +21 / -24 )

So I know one of today's cases (second person I've known to actually get coronavirus in Japan).

Symptoms are flu-like, was easy for her to get tested, and now she's on the mend and will get a few days off work for it. Doesn't sound so bad for the large majority of healthy people. Be healthy, exercise, keep yourself in a good mental state by doing the things you love and being with the people you love as much as you can, probably read less doom and gloom news, get vaccinated to prevent serious symptoms.

If you don't want to get it at all, the only surefire way of doing so is to lock yourself up for a few years until the pandemic exhausts itself. Your choice.

-4 ( +15 / -19 )

In the immortal words of Superman, ”Up, up and awaay...”

This is what is happening in other countries, no-one can be surprised. We can only hope that the health system doesn't collapse with staff off sick and isolating at the same time as hospitalisations spike. Which statistically they are likely to, because of the sheer infectiousness of Omicron, which means that those sick enough to need medical attention will be getting sick at the same time.

Unfortunately Japan's inaction, like failing to speed up the booster programme, and letting the usual mass midwinter rituals - New Year, Coming of Age Day, university entrance exams - go ahead as if normal, mean that this is likely to hit at the same time as peak flu season. They may have nominally prepared by having more Covid beds in hospitals, but the real shortage is likely to be of healthcare workers.

And companies failing to allow people to work from home is likely to exacerbate things.

So do all you can to avoid social contact for the next few weeks. And ignore the usual posts on here who might suggest without evidence you're somehow better off getting it. You're no way guaranteed that's the case, so unless you like playing Russian roulette with your health, do what you can to avoid getting exposed to it.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

as the crow flies

We will all catch it, it’s unavoidable. Hiding away in a bunker does nothing, much like unnecessary fear mongering. Already in the UK the peak is over and cases are falling dramatically.

This is not Delta, this will be over with minimal disruptions, unnoticeable by the vast majority.

-4 ( +15 / -19 )

Just take a look at the data coming out of the UK, which is already a few weeks ahead of us in this (and also SA which is a few weeks more). Omicron appears to be less dangerous on a case-by-case basis than the common flu - possibly significantly so. Numbers of infected rose spectacularly to a level 2 to 3 times greater than at any point in the pandemic and are now falling and already hospitalizations have leveled off at a level much lower than at previous peaks. The number or serious cases has actually fallen slightly and it is more than likely that most of those are due to delta, which is now being pushed out by omicron. Deaths have increased (up to around 230/day compared to around 110/day a couple of weeks back), but that is "deaths within 30 days of a positive test" - no doubt many of those were just incidental because of the sheer number of people infected. Deaths with COVID-19 listed as a cause of death on the death certificate are actually at their lowest level since July. In a bad flu season, such as that 4 or 5 years ago, deaths of flu were up to 400 per day. Omicron is just not the disease that delta and the other variants were and once this big peak of cases is passed, probably before Easter, we should be looking to get rid of all remaining restrictions and getting our lives back to normal, not a "new normal", the normal that we had pre COVID-19.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

I wonder why the number of serious cases in Tokyo is low relative to the rest of the country?

8 ( +10 / -2 )

There have been over 16,000 confirmed cases since January 5 (in reality, probably 10 times that). And of that number, a total of 4 in the ICU, and a grand total of 1 death. One!

I know there are probably more deaths to come, as they lag cases. But I think it's time we put all this in perspective.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

My friend's daughter and her partner both got COVID this week. The daughter had her shots and booster and her partner he had only 2 shots and her daughter is only having mild symptoms but her partner is suffering a great deal with fevers, chills and the list goes on. This is a fact, what choice you make about getting the vaccine or not and or a booster or not the best of luck.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is four, up one from Friday, health officials said.

....and that is the information in the article that counts. Being "infected" with Omicron means nothing.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is four, up one from Friday

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Now the omicron variant has turned out to be as deadly as the common flu.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

"...so they will slam the breaks [sic] on testing somehow."

Impossible; there are no 'breaks' on testing, unless you are referring to coffee breaks.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Completely due to people not behaving as they should in public. Rammed coffee shops i saw on the way to the supermarket. No masks.

Loads of maskless or people (men) not wearing masks properly on the train, also.

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

Completely due to people not behaving as they should in public. Rammed coffee shops i saw on the way to the supermarket.

What is the problem with that?

Are we not getting told every day that we are protected by an effective vaccine???

Or is that what we are getting told wrong?

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-6 ( +8 / -14 )

Completely due to people not behaving as they should in public. Rammed coffee shops i saw on the way to the supermarket.

What is the problem with that?

Are we not getting told every day that we are protected by an effective vaccine???

Or is that what we are getting told wrong?

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-6 ( +7 / -13 )

Monty

You're correct of course and I wonder how exactly people are supposed to behave when they go out? Should we discourage social intercourse, ban people from meeting and having a chat? I’m getting concerned with what people want.

Maybe it is the New Normal of eternal mask wearing and distancing that I’ve read that some wish for

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

Great news, herd immunity here we come.

-2 ( +9 / -11 )

So vaccination is only one part of the measures needed to avoid the spreading

Wow!

You crawled back a lot!

I am really surprised to see that.

Are You not the one who is telling us here day in day out how effective the vaccine is?

Maybe you finally see and understand the reality.

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

falseflagsteve

We will all catch it, it’s unavoidable. Hiding away in a bunker does nothing, much like unnecessary fear mongering. Already in the UK the peak is over and cases are falling dramatically.

This is not Delta, this will be over with minimal disruptions, unnoticeable by the vast majority.

I have it right now. Headache, nausea, loss of appetite. Annoying, but endurable. Should be over soon.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

“Even medical staff haven't managed to get their booster shots yet - absolutely ridiculous.“

that’s not true. You should stop posting something like this. My relatives who are doctors working in Tokyo and they have had their boosters. I am (COVID) vaccine free though.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

@williB

Get well soon!

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Everyone here has always been saying keep wearing masks wash hands social distance etc etc .

Coz everyone knows the vaccine is just a part of the whole thing.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Turns out not everyone

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

We are in a much better place than we were a year ago. I think that is down to increased immunity. Vaccines have played a significant role in that IMHO. I don't recall anyone saying vaccines would be the be all and end all of this pandemic, but being a significant factor.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Vaccine by itself will not prevent us to get infected.

Based on this fact, we still need to follow procedures that will help us to overcome this virus thing that are: Washing our hands properly, wearing masks, avoiding staying too late at night on pubs, gargling twice a day, eating food that are rich in Vitamin D as cheese, disifecting the food box that we buy after arriving at home, and before entering and leaving the supermarket disifect our hands.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

What is the problem with that?

> Are we not getting told every day that we are protected by an effective vaccine???

> Or is that what we are getting told wrong?

@Monty

In theory there is nothing wrong with a rammed coffee shop. The problem is that Omicron is spreading everywhere and people still behave as if nothing is wrong.

That's what the problem is.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

If we completely stopped testing would we even notice there was a pandemic occurring?

How would we know, the 230 people in hospital nationwide with a respiratory infection would barely be noticeable in any given year during winter.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Might be weird if told here though since most people here don't seem to mind wearing masks all the time

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Total lock down.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

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