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Tokyo reports 420 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,917

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 420 new cases of the coronavirus, up 83 from Tuesday.

The number (211 men and 209 women) is the result of 1,898 tests conducted on March 21. By age group, people in their 20s (89 cases) and 30s (62 cases) accounted for the highest numbers; 126 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 42, unchanged from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 328.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 1,917. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (262), Miyagi (171), Kanagawa (128), Saitama (121), Hyogo (118), Chiba (108), Hokkaido (81), Aichi (74), Okinawa (68) and Ibaraki (45).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 21.

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No surprise. The rebound is starting.

With all restaurants opening back and the spring, it will keep increasing along with the nomikais.

17 ( +23 / -6 )

Roughly 25 percent for Tokyo!

And with the (minimalist) testing done on a Sunday (most definitely) what will the numbers look like at the end of this week. In addition, Ehime prefecture reports 20 new infections (that makes 43 within 2 days), and Hyogo the highest number since early February.

16 ( +19 / -3 )

Less than 2000 tests....

Also NHK says 10 people over 90 and 4 people of 100!!! How do 4 people over 100 get infected in a single day? Wouldn't it be a priority to protect these people where the fatality rate is probably close to 100%?

14 ( +21 / -7 )

I just wish the J-gov were announcing this number for a different reason.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

420 new cases from 1,898 tests is quite a jump from yesterday's 337 cases from 2,444 tests

15 ( +19 / -4 )

No surprise. The rebound is starting.

With all restaurants opening back and the spring, it will keep increasing along with the nomikais.

Don't forget Hanami

17 ( +19 / -2 )

This is the result of not limiting capacity at indoor venues as restaurants, bars, stores, shopping malls etc.

Limiting outdoor areas instead, such as we are experiencing at parks, sakura viewing sites etc, is absurd.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

My train this morning had the standard crush - no space to move your arms - and maybe 50% of the masks in use covered the nose.

But the SoE is over - let's Heartful Olympic! Now those worrisome foreigners can't come with all their dangerous gaijin cooties.

18 ( +24 / -6 )

Ehime numbers a bit up, but going there tonight on the Sunrise Express. They told us that the train is immaculate and totally scrubbed down and disinfected.

I feel safer away from Kanagawa and Yokohama.

Japan will be ok.

-8 ( +8 / -16 )

Numbers have spiked in Miyagi as well. Japan is going to pay here for their tardiness in getting the vaccination program underway.

In the context of the pandemic, numbers are still very low, but they would be lower if Japan hadn't dithered with vaccines.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

The same way 89 people in their 20s got infected on the same day.

They do, genius? I haven't see too many 100 year olds in Shibuya or at izakayas.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

They told us that the train is immaculate and totally scrubbed down and disinfected.

Yes, well ... a quick run through twentieth century history would tell you it's not always a good idea to put your faith into what they tell you before you board the train - as millions found out to their cost.

Bon voyage!

And by the way, stay there, so you don't spread anything back to Kanagawa.

18 ( +20 / -2 )

How do 4 people over 100 get infected in a single day?

What a question... Do you think you can solve the puzzle yourself? No? OK, I show you some mercy. (CNN, Sep 18, 2020 · There were 80,450 people aged 100 and over...) That was the number for Japan last autumn. Now, amidst the third wave, you or any of the nursing staff opens their room door to bring food or change the diaper. What will probably happen? Yes, 4 or probably much more of those 80450 will immediately be infected, their weak bodies sucking and accumulating the corona viruses like a dry sponge!

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Great. Probably about the same number of people that got a vaccine!

13 ( +14 / -1 )

And with the (minimalist) testing done on a Sunday (most definitely) what will the numbers look like at the end of this week.

Now just imagine what the true number would be if Japan tested anywhere near the levels of other " advanced countries it likes to compare itself to, instead of the testing levels similar to some 3rd world backwater.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

@Crow:

Well they did not even have cell phones back in the 20th century! Please get with the times.

I have relatives that work for the Sleeping train we are taking. It is immaculate. Will be back to Yokohama late Sunday. All will be fine. Be sure to wash your hands.

as_the_crow_fliesToday 04:35 pm JST

They told us that the train is immaculate and totally scrubbed down and disinfected.

Yes, well ... a quick run through twentieth century history would tell you it's not always a good idea to put your faith into what they tell you before you board the train - as millions Jews found out to their cost.

Bon voyage!

And by the way, stay there, so you don't spread anything back to Kanagawa.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Well they did not even have cell phones back in the 20th century! 

Incorrect. Cell phones existed at end of the 20th century. Please study!

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Don’t forget that testing positive doesn’t mean you’ve got the virus.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Time to sack the numbers guy making up, sorry I mean reporting, the numbers. This is not good enough There is an Olympics supposed to be happening. We can't have Tokyo going into another wave now. That just doesn't fit the picture. Obviously even this seriously low number of tests below 2000 recording so many positive cases is seriously just not right. No problem I am sure tomorrow the number will be lower with a new man in charge.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

The SOE ends and instantly the new cases of COVID increase. I’m quite sure they will continue to increase daily.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

What's that...? A 23% positivity rate? Anyway, Suga pledged again to beat it, so we're all good.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

They told us that the train is immaculate and totally scrubbed down and disinfected.

Unless you lick the seats, you have more chances to be infected by other passengers than the train itself.

On the basis of the levels of RNA contamination and how often people touched surfaces such as doorknobs and buttons at pedestrian crossings, the team estimated that the risk of infection from touching a contaminated surface is less than 5 in 10,000 — lower than estimates for SARS-CoV-2 infection through aerosols, and lower than surface-transmission risk for influenza or norovirus.

Tell yourself mask and social distancing is better than an immaculate train.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

1,898 tests? now that's a proactive response? After all Tokyo is one of the most populated crammed in shoulder to shoulder places in the word. So what's really going on?

12 ( +12 / -0 )

All this talk about a rebound after the SOE finishes! The rebound started about two weeks ago. Just before that there were consecutive days when cases totalled less than 300.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

I would think the rebounds started well before January 2020.

Sp perplexing this virus and how it is being handled by the government professional bureaucrats, but I accept it.

Some doctors talk about herd immunity. Has it possibly already happened?

God bless the people that have passed from this like my favorite comedian in Japan, Shimura-san,,, but not having any faith, I do sometimes find light at the end of a tunnel.

We can prevail. Please positive and strong good comments...ok?!!!!

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

We can prevail. Please positive and strong good comments...ok?!!!!

During my 10.4km walk heard only 2 ambulances and someone said they were taking people to scenic spots around Japan as part of the ‘Go To’ campaign.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

The U.K. can do more than a million tests a day. To date, they have done 113 million.

On Monday, they carried out 1,191,048 tests.....

They have vaccinated 28 million people

Japan is a joke

12 ( +14 / -2 )

blvtzpkToday 05:50 pm JST

Well they did not even have cell phones back in the 20th century! 

Incorrect. Cell phones existed at end of the 20th century. Please study!

@believd: I am so sorry. Yes they did exist. CDMA just started in 1995 and those PHS flip phones as well. Thank you Sir for correction me.

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As of 7:15pm its 1918.

Thats the highest total since February 6th. Back then in early Feb with similar numbers was they announced the extension of the SEO... and thats when the numbers were trending downward.

Now, same numbers, but rending upward.

Get ready for another "emergency". Maybe during Golden Week?

8 ( +8 / -0 )

How about other regions???

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Limiting outdoor areas instead, such as we are experiencing at parks, sakura viewing sites etc, is absurd.

What is more absurd is people not realizing how crowded parks are during this season! People basically stand with millimeters of each other! If an infected person coughs or sneezes in such a condition then people will get infected even though they are outdoors. At least many restaurants check temperature and keep some distance between people while dining in comparison to the many people who despite being sick will go for Hanami in parks!

I’m still totally against early restaurant, mall closures as I feel this actually makes it more crowded. Better strategies could have been implemented such as better sterilization of eating utensils, proper wiping of tables and CHAIRS ( including edges and bottom parts ) with alcohol disinfectant ( not water ) , opening windows to have better air circulation etc...The local Government could have assisted businesses by providing alcohol based disinfectants as well as temperature checking equipments!

Limiting access outdoors might make other areas more crowded as well so this half hearted approach will be to no avail. Don’t close the zone but rather control the number of people entering could be more effective if they can establish some sort of outer perimeter. People just have to apply common sense themselves and avoid crowded parks this year for hanami. Remember you can always watch cherry blossom in your own neighborhood where the parks might have less people rather than flocking like ants to Ueno, Shinjuku, Hibiya or Yoyogi parks this year!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I pledge to bring a halt to the virus spread in one month without fail " Y. Suga...January 2021

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Not listening/adhering to your government leaders and the medical experts -- people who are much more knowledgeable on the subject of this deadly pandemic than you will ever be -- makes other countries wonder if Japan will ever be ready to rejoin the global community.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Sadly, I'm beyond making sarcastic statements about how pathetic the daily numbers are (both the testing numbers and the supposed case numbers).

It's clear the government has either given up or never really cared from the start about controlling the spread. It's almost certain at this point that there are multiple variants of the virus in the community (including the Japan strain, which of course has been swept under the rug).

I'm certain the Olympics will go ahead, but it will be the most sterile games in history, and once over Tokyo and Japan will have nothing to show for it. Maybe then and only then will the powers that be think "huh, this really wasn't worth it, was it?"

I'm also sure they'll get back to the Go-To Travel & Eat campaigns to revive the economy once the pandemic's in the rear-view mirror, only to realise that "hey, why did we introduce these economy-boosting measures DURING the pandemic instead of AFTER like anyone with a brain would have done?" Short term pain with an eye for longer term recovery and all that.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Walking around with social distance outside watching cherry blossoms is a low risk activity in my opinion. The real culprit is packed trains and izakayas.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

to get some perspective, Tokyo has a population of around 13.5 million people

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

to get some perspective, Tokyo has a population of around 13.5 million people

The only perspective that matters is the tests positivity rate.

Seems data science is a totally unknown topic for some here.

If you want to make some statistics to represent a reality, you must have a representative statistical sample.

1,898 tests for 13,5 million people is the only perspective we have

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Even if state of emergency has been lifted, keep social distancing measures in place; continue to use medicines to combat Covid-19; follow Mainland China's example (their numbers remain very low) . . . .

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