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Tokyo reports 4,711 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 42,538

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Sunday reported 4,711 new coronavirus cases, up 902 from Saturday and up 1,550 from last Sunday.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is eight, unchanged from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 159, down six from Saturday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 42,538. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (3,324), Hokkaido (3,115), Fukuoka (2,375), Aichi (2,307), Okinawa (2,060), Kanagawa (1,987), Hyogo (1,977), Saitama (1,920), Hiroshima (1,409), Chiba (1,233), Kyoto (1,167), Okayama (982), Shizuoka (922), Kagoshima (733), Miyazaki (624), Mie (618), Niigata (604), Fukushima (599), Ishikawa (597), Nagasaki (585), Miyagi (570), Kumamoto (536), Kagawa (510), Tochigi (492), Shiga (459), Nagano (454), Nara (440), Gunma (433), Ibaraki (429), Gifu (420), Oita (414), Aomori (362), Iwate (362), Akita (269), Fukui (266), Yamagata (258), Ehime (254), Wakayama (234), Saga (230), Yamaguchi (221), Toyama (218) and Kochi (209).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 26.

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Are you a Japanese citizen? If not, please tell us what makes your opinion one that the Japanese should prioritize of their own citizens?

I did not state my opinion on what I think they should or shouldn't do. I'm telling you what they are going to do because it's a pattern of behavior.

That being said, I am also a taxpayer here. While not equivalent to citizenship, I have a stake in what the government does. And that means I am more than qualified to say whatever I please regarding their choices and/or actions.

I've noticed a bizarre reaction from the rabid Japan defenders here:

"If you don't like Japan's Covid policies, your opinion doesn't matter, so deal with it or LEAVE."

And to that I say: NO. I am going to continue to call out Japan's incompetency and hypocrisy on this matter. I want people who live here to feel humiliated/embarrassed at the thought of apologizing for/defending this country's Covid absurdity. Because that will make people think. And they will stop supporting terrible/dumb decisions that negatively affect people's lives.

Deal with it.

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Here it comes, folks: Japan's new excuse to further postpone reopening the borders, put into place another State of Emergency, and initiate a 5th booster shot campaign. Like clockwork.

Are you a Japanese citizen? If not, please tell us what makes your opinion one that the Japanese should prioritize of their own citizens?

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Here it comes, folks: Japan's new excuse to further postpone reopening the borders, put into place another State of Emergency, and initiate a 5th booster shot campaign. Like clockwork.

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Our cases in Okinawa have doubled these past two days. Thank you Golden Week...

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

No infection is better than being vaccinated…

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@Nihon Tora

Cases up again in Japan?

It couldn’t be the vast numbers of people on trains, buses and restaurants over GW?

However,a pity that the Japanese government fails to recognize that past infection clearly is preventative and lessens the effects of future infections as well as or if not better than any vaccine.

Many countries understand the science but Japan stubbornly refuses to.

Another sign of how backward and out of step Japan is in the world.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

This is what happens, when the Japanese government cares only about capitalism.

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Not impossible, but unlikely at this stage. Omicron changed the way it infected cells and by doing so, thrived much better in the upper respiratory tract rather than deep in the lungs - in doing so it gained hugely in transmissibility. Because it affected the URT more than the deep lung tissue it became less dangerous. In other words, the gain in tranmissibility and decrease in virulence were effectively reverse sides of the same coin, likely making a more virulent and highly transmissible variant less likely. Also, much of the reduced danger in later variants is down to immunity provided by vaccination as well as previous infections.

omnicron can go through the nose into the brain causing a shitshow of symptoms. We really don’t know anything about the long term complications Covid can cause scientists are barely now starting to put a lot of emphasis on long Covid. Im on month 4 with Long Covid it ain’t no picnic stay safe everyone.

i had omnicron

unlike the acute illness there is no real risk factor of who gets long Covid and who does not.

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Seems omicron gained back the lost ground in a day.

Hope it's a fluke

It may just be the broken golden week, people with mild symptoms or that have close contact with cases don't go for testing during the holidays and instead all get tested on Friday when its easier.

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For Tokyo which has over 10 million people this is still a joke and no need for concern!

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Just a while ago I posted in yesterday's thread that cases have dropped steeply from 40k level to 25k level in a week.

Seems omicron gained back the lost ground in a day.

Hope it's a fluke

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Otherwise we might be confused and think a more deadly variant was a good thing. Scientifically speaking of course.

I don't want to get in the middle of people's bickerings but fact of the matter is I wouldn't put it past many posters here to do exactly that.

Omicron for example is seen by many as a "good thing" despite the fact it has been putting a lot more people in the hospital and causing a lot more deaths than other variants

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Loved going out daily during golden week. More and more people were walking around without masks, enjoying fresh air and their free time. Was quite refreshing to see. Let's all just move on and live our lives.

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A fairly large amount of emails from university students today telling me that they're now infected and can't attend classes this week.

Yet the university I work for insists we do face to face classes...

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Omicron has killed more people in Japan than any other variant . If not for vaccines , it would even be worse than being the deadliest variant of Covid in Japan to date. Scientifically speaking, I certainly hope a more contagious and/or deadly variant of Covid does not come along . The healthcare system has been on the brink far too long already . It’s time for the naysaying, science denying minority start to take this seriously and stop whining about any and everything as related to Covid. Open the borders without restrictions…. Ha …. Ain’t happening anytime soon.

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I think most people have on a day to day basis. But the main concern for me is a more dangerous variant emerging.

Not impossible, but unlikely at this stage. Omicron changed the way it infected cells and by doing so, thrived much better in the upper respiratory tract rather than deep in the lungs - in doing so it gained hugely in transmissibility. Because it affected the URT more than the deep lung tissue it became less dangerous. In other words, the gain in tranmissibility and decrease in virulence were effectively reverse sides of the same coin, likely making a more virulent and highly transmissible variant less likely. Also, much of the reduced danger in later variants is down to immunity provided by vaccination as well as previous infections.

Don't just listen to my opinion though, check out what one of the top scientists in the field, Professor Sir John Bell has to say about it:

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/07/sir-john-bell-most-people-who-have-had-the-covid-vaccine-are-completely-safe

Also, ask yourself this, if the unlikely nightmare scenario or a more dangerous and transmissible variant does emerge, who is likely to be better protected? Those who have just had a vaccine based on a single spike protein from the original Wuhan strain, or those who have had that vaccine, plus have been infected with Omicron and built up antibodies to not just a more recent and very different spike protein, but also any one of the other 20 or so proteins that make up the virus?

I would add that in the case of an endemic virus, if we put restrictions in place that say, reduce daily cases by 50%, then all it means is, that variant, instead of emerging say, in the next year, will emerge in the next two years instead.

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But the main concern for me is a more dangerous variant emerging.

A valid concern. But for now, the going is relatively good. I say try to get back to some degree of a normal life while it makes sense to do so. If we get a more dangerous variant in the future, then we reassess and bunker down if warranted.

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Cases cases. It’s endemic, there will likely be descendent viruses of COVID-19 in circulation 100 years from now. Most people just get a cold, in rare cases it can lead to serious illness and at the other end of the scale there are likely those that don’t develop a full blown infection even if exposed. If you are not one of those lucky people, then rest assured, a virus that spreads as rapidly as measles, one of the most transmissible viruses known, is going to find you one day. You can mask up, social distance, wash hands all you like, it will at most, delay the inevitable. Just stop worrying about it and get on with your life because when it inevitably finds you, it is very unlikely to lead to serious disease, especially if vaccinated.

-6 ( +14 / -20 )

Wow! Up up and away!

-14 ( +10 / -24 )

And so it begins… and still Sunday. 10,000 by Tuesday as the GW celebrants realize maybe it WASN’T a good idea to ride ima 150% capacity train, or pack the service stations along the expressway.

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