People cross a street in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP/Koji Sasahara
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Tokyo reports 405 coronavirus cases; 719 in Osaka

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 405 new cases of the coronavirus, down 138 from Sunday. Osaka Prefecture again topped the nation with 719 cases, dropping below 1,000 for the first time since April 12.

In Tokyo, the number (213 men and 192 women) is the result of 5,459 tests conducted on April 16. By age group, people in their 20s (86 cases) and their 30s (85) accounted for the highest numbers, while 68 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 47, up two from Sunday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 738.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 2,906. After Osaka and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Hyogo (293), Kanagawa (142), Saitama (118), Fukuoka (118), Kyoto (110), Chiba (106), Nara (85), Hokkaido (78), Ibaraki (52), Kumamoto (43), Tokushima (36), Okinawa (32) and Hiroshima (31).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 30.

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down 138 from Sunday.

Up 33% over last Monday, even with the dreadful amount of testing.

13 ( +19 / -6 )

In the photo, far right, there appears to be a salaryman, not wearing a mask, looking down and away from the camera... in shame!

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

how many deaths caused by covid?

i mean from all of these cases.

should we be afraid?

-8 ( +8 / -16 )

Wish government and media would painting this as though it were the common people that are at fault for this.

People have to go to work, school, etc..

If we want tea change, put resources into inoculating the population.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Koike - "its an emergency, everyone stay home!"... but we can only do 5400 tests.

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CoffeeDeluxeToday 04:21 pm JST

In the photo, far right, there appears to be a salaryman, not wearing a mask, looking down and away from the camera... in shame!

It seems you have a low of imagination !

9 ( +11 / -2 )

5,459 tests conducted on April 16.

Friday is a rest day, that's why testing is low.

Oops, sorry, it was a working day.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

At this rate you have a .01% chance of catching Covid in Tokyo this year. And .001% chance of being hospitalized from Covid. This is unacceptable. Stope being so selfish. Wear your masks, people!

-13 ( +5 / -18 )

Up 33 percent over last Monday. Someone has too much time on their hands.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

No, no! I was wrong. Your chances are 10x that! My bad! Lock youseves in, seal doors and windows. Wait for your "vaccinations" rations.

-14 ( +6 / -20 )

Matej - how many deaths caused by covid?

i mean from all of these cases.

should we be afraid?

Perhaps if it were you that was laying in intensive care on a respirator awaiting a lung transplant you might be afraid.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

My daughter is coming home from University in the States. She is 22 and will be fully vaccinated when she arrives. The general population won't even start until September at the earliest.

And contrary to what some posters say, it is highly infectious and getting more so with variants. While it is true that the death toll is so far blessedly low, the ability of the Medical Infrastructure to ramp up seems comically (except it isn't funny) low. If Japan's creaky medical infrastructure reaches it's breaking point, look for the death toll to go up dramatically. And this does not even take into account that about 1/3 of those hospitalized have long-haul effects.

And not for nothing, but there will be no sustained economic rebound, no increase in employment, certainly no increase in incomes, until there is confidence in the public health situation - e.g. the public has faith that it is not going to risk catching a highly infectious disease when it travels, or eats out.

There is 1 and only 1 way out of this: rapid mass vaccination of the general population. And Suga is far behind the curve. One suspects that even when there is enough vaccine, there will be significant delays because the JMA does not want nurses or even vets to do what civilians in the UK have been successfully trained to do - swab, jab, push the plunger, put a bandage on the injection site and monitor for 15 min. Yeah, that sounds like rocket science requiring an advanced medical degree to me.

This is governmental incompetence.

18 ( +22 / -4 )

GdTokyo thanks for the doomsday scenario. Just what we all need on a Monday. If things are so grim here why do you stay?

-11 ( +6 / -17 )

This is governmental incompetence

Not sure if it's that or indifference with a bit of corruption. I agree with you on everything else though.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

No, no! I was wrong. Your chances are 10x that! My bad! Lock youseves in, seal doors and windows. Wait for your "vaccinations" rations.

Unbridled hysterics.

Part of me wishes I could muster a fraction of that energy on a Monday. It would certainly liven up the Monday zoom meeting.

Up 33 percent over last Monday. Someone has too much time on their hands.

I thought it was useful information. We’ve been treated to ongoing commentary on footfall in Osaka cafes, eating Pocky on trains, the number of ambulance sirens heard and maskless gaijin in Starbucks here.

It’s certainly an improvement on that.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

At this rate you have a .01% chance of catching Covid in Tokyo this year. And .001% chance of being hospitalized from Covid

Don't forget the 0.000001 % chance of scoring a PCR test.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Well, with IOC,s Bach coming in for talks with Suga in May we can expect under a 100 cases in Tokyo from a few hundred daily tests by next month. A miracle ...

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Should be noted that Tokyo is testing less than half of what Osaka is testing despite a lower population. And testing numbers have been flat for weeks despite rise in number of cases.

You are much safer in Osaka than in Tokyo, in Tokyo, you gotta have insane luck to get a covid test once you are sick, and therefore receive any treatment. The JP government would gladly let you die so that the Olympics can run smoother.

And Japan government barely set up any logistics for general population. Even though they will secure supplies by September, you would be delusional to think that the general population can get the vaccines before 2023.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

you gotta have insane luck to get a covid test once you are sick

Private clinics will be happy to receive you for a test

0 ( +2 / -2 )

@GdTokyo

If "this" government is, to use the tired and over-used expression: "incompetence", which government is better? In your humble, holier-than-thou opinion...

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

If "this" government is, to use the tired and over-used expression: "incompetence", which government is better?

How’s the government in your home country doing on Covid?

7 ( +11 / -4 )

@Jimizo

Awful. Playing whack-a-mole with peoples' lives and livelihoods. Much worse than Japan. How about your country? But I implore you to stop using "incompetent" and "inept". It's tiresome.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

Awful. Playing whack-a-mole with peoples' lives and livelihoods. Much worse than Japan. How about your country?

UK. Initially a disaster - worse than incompetent and inept. A public inquiry will be implemented. Rightly so.

The mass vaccination programme has seen huge improvements.

Whack-a-mole? Where is your home country?

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Amazing. People need to be told what to do instead of thinking for themselves and using common sense

Trouble with common sense is that it's not that common. That's why public health measures are needed, to help educate people what is needed. Plus many people act selfishly and not for the greater good, and in the process cause harm to many others.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

No, no! I was wrong. Your chances are 10x that! My bad! Lock youseves in, seal doors and windows. Wait for your "vaccinations" rations

Please stop

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Keep numbers down by testing only 5,459 in metro Tokyo! lol

2 ( +2 / -0 )

@Coffee Delux,

The Biden administration which inherited literally no plan and has gotten 50% of 330 million people an initial vaccination and about 33% fully vaccinated. In fact most of the country is now offering vaccination at will to anyone over 18 years of age.

Or perhaps the UK where fully 50% of the population is fully vaccinated. I have to admit that I wasn’t really that hot on Borris, but he’s really pulled it together.

Both countries will be protected and re-opened before we even begin to get the larger public started.

That’s my holier-than-though opinion if “holier-than-though” means “I expect the government to take reasonable measures when it’s had a year to prep.”

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