Tokyo reports 446 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs record high 666


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 446 new cases of the coronavirus, up six from Friday. Osaka logged a record high 666 cases.

In Tokyo, the number (230 men and 216 women) is the result of 7,356 tests conducted on March 31. By age group, people in their 20s (131 cases) accounted for the highest number, while 82 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 48, up five from Friday health officials said. The nationwide figure is 408.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 2,759. After Osaka and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Hyogo (206), Saitama (149), Miyagi (136), Kanagawa (129), Aichi (118), Okinawa (117), Chiba (90), Hokkaido (66), Kyoto (53), Nagano (46), Nara (45), Tochigi (41), Fukuoka (39), Shizuoka (39), Ehime (34), Ibaraki (31) and Fukushima (28).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 13.

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More cases, fewer tests compared to last Saturday.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

The numbers keep creeping up. Japan has had over a year to get on top of this. All they have done is prolonged the inevitable.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

@Do the hustle - What is the inevitable?

All I can see is the continuation of running the economy as best as possible while vaccines are on the horizon. Life here has been pretty normal all things considered.

-5 ( +11 / -16 )

All I can see is the continuation of running the economy as best as possible while vaccines are on the horizon. Life here has been pretty normal all things considered.

Even less births, more suicides, financial crash of the Olympics ... this is the honne behind the tatemae

15 ( +16 / -1 )

More cases, fewer tests compared to last Saturday.

Sore de?

-16 ( +2 / -18 )

More selective testing and disqualifying infections to keep the numbers down for the "Safety Olympics"!

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Sore de?

it means higher percentage of infections than last week.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Osaka 666 infections -- a symbolically bad number.

13 ( +16 / -3 )

@Objective Which horizon is that ?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Went to Tennoji Park for a picnic in the afternoon, wonderful weather.

Plenty of families enjoying the day, it was lovely to see.

Seems to be as busy as usual, less people seemed concerned over Covid which is understandable considering it has hardly effected their daily lives.

life must go in and I fully support those wishing to live their lives to the full.

As long as the virus does not mutate into a far deadly type I cannot foresee people changing their behavior, i for one shall not.

-13 ( +8 / -21 )

Tokyo is behind Osaka because they extended their SOE by a few weeks. They will soon catch up I am sure. What is worrying is that the Osaka numbers have yet to be impacted by the hanami season. People are out and about here and acting as if everything is normal. This weeks Universities go back and a lot here are face to face. I have a feeling in about two weeks this will reveal itself to be the biggest wave yet. The question is will Osaka continue with its semi-SOE when this happens?

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Japan's policy is as it always has been -- pray and wait. They waited, and waited, and delayed any action, then even the "lockdown" was a joke. News of a vaccine comes and it was celebration in the streets as though everyone had gotten it and the whole thing was over. Pray and wait. Unfortunately, they also decided to wait and pray when it came to the vaccine, so now we're all forced to wait on that, too. And alas, now they are praying they can hurry up rollout after doing nothing but waiting, and praying things will just hold if not settle down before that... then they can pray numbers go down again. Osaka is asking Tokyo to take control, Tokyo is saying it's not under their control, etc.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Up it goes!

3 more weeks until Golden Week. Look at everything as if it was a count-down - not for the better!

2 ( +3 / -1 )

666, not a good number. Shall Lucifer prevail?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Don’t believe the hype guys, look around you and see life goes on and we are not dropping dead like flies

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Japan is so far up that creek it’s not funny the elderly will pay for the utter incompetence that is Japanese government....

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ZorotoToday 05:47 pm JST

Osaka 666 infections -- a symbolically bad number.

I realize English is not your first language obviously, but what are you actually trying to infer here?

-11 ( +5 / -16 )

we are not dropping dead like flies


After more than one year, people are not falling down to death in the streets, like predicted before, we dont see here millions of deaths and serious cases like predicted before ....even since more than one year trains are still fully packed, 90% of the companies dont support home office, Izakayas are packed...even so, after more than 1 year in that situation, people are not dropping down death like flies.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Here in Kyoto, I always ask people the question: Do you know anybody? The answer is always no. When you look around in an average winter, you see people sick with colds/flu, so you know there is sickness around. People just do not see sickness around them with this virus. So they just cannot take it seriously after such a long year of warning. Look, 666 is a big number, but out of many millions it is not. The odds - the odds! They KNOW, still very little chance they’ll get it, and if they get it they aren’t going to die. Just separate themselves for a week.

This is the picture young people, and even older people, see. And over the past year, there has been no change in that picture.

3 ( +6 / -3 )


The Beast is in Osaka. 大変。

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I only know of two people that caught the virus and survived without a hitch. The other four family members stayed negative, but al quarantined for two weeks together.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

I realize English is not your first language obviously, but what are you actually trying to infer here?


Let’s not get catty and emotional. No need for hysterics when the poster was just mentioning ‘666’.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Back in January,a hundred or so were dying per day.Now paltry numbers are doing so.Yet the bleating continues from the timid flock requesting a jab that offers no guarantee. Lol two times.The fear is real.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

San Frecce Hiroshima vs Gamba was pretty full today.

It was great to see over 1500 fans made the trip from Osaka.

There is a panic in the media and grandstanding politicians and experts, while most have figure out there is thankfully nothing to worry about.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

You might be a king or a little street sweeper, but sooner or later you dance with the reaper.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

As long as the virus does not mutate into a far deadly type I cannot foresee people changing their behavior, i for one shall not.

Another clueless idiot clearely lost their carer. How you think viruses mutate you mug?

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Save lives, not capitalism.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

A whopping 48 people in Tokyo hospitalized.

Get the morgues ready! They need to make up for slower-than-usual business in 2020.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

I just arrived on Guam on Friday from Tokyo to get my 11 year old son of all this hot mess that is going on over there and he will stay with friends while I return to work. VACCINES, have not even gone beyond the doctors and nurses and from a friend in the Kuakusho she said the government is very unorganized and it may not even before December before they receive theirs and this person is in the 70s' age goup. Moving forward, I was watching an Asian channel on tv and it is stating that Japan has 12 different variants of COVID, and so, the situation is going to get really dire if they do not rapidly start increasing the testing. There will be no Olympics no matter how much Japan tries to hide the data it is getting out there and there is no way athletes will come over from the developed world and small island nations will never permit it. Suga, really needs to stop being an ostrich with his head in the sand and start viewing this situation for what it is dangerous and out of control.

Stay safe and wear extra masks if you are able, too.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

The Japanese variant ; nasty, but not as bad as the UK variant...

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

What is not reported on or discussed on this message page is as important .

"today _ infected........" When and how were these number gathered?

When it comes to COVID-19, there are three kinds of tests. One, the PCR test, is a molecular test that looks for genetic material inside the virus, and diagnoses a person as "COVID-19 positive." The turnaround time for results with these tests is usually 24-72 hours.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@klausdorth (and anyone who cares) - Golden Week is not something to look forward to. Not this year. But, if people are out and about, moving around, visiting, travelling, and praying at shrines and temple, celebrating all manner of human interaction and experience, I fear the numbers that will be announced only a few weeks before the (supposed) Olympics.

I live on an island that's managed to avoid the worst and control the rest, but we recently had a spike. A bad one that resulted in serious lockdown. And there are fewer than 600,000 people on my island, more than half of whom live in the capital city's immediate vicinity. Japan is not out of the quagmire. Worse is coming (and I'm no fear-mongerer, just a practical, logical, existential fatalist).

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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