Tokyo reports 5,048 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 40,500


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 5,048 new coronavirus cases, up 1,907 from Monday and down 535 from last Tuesday.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 15, down one from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 200, up nine from Monday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 40,500. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (3,967), Aichi (2,772), Kanagawa (2,450), Hokkaido (2,132), Saitama (1,750), Hyogo (1,580), Chiba (1,491), Okinawa (1,418), Kagoshima (974), Hiroshima (830), Kumamoto (780), Gifu (752), Tochigi (746), Kyoto (627), Nagasaki (623), Shizuoka (613), Saga (585), Ibaraki (585), Miyagi (581), Oita (565), Gunma (562), Okayama (546), Nagano (544), Fukushima (472), Miyazaki (454), Ehime (404), Aomori (401), Kagawa (354), Mie (341), Niigata (340), Akita (339), Shiga (330), Iwate (291), Yamaguchi (231), Wakayama (218), Shimane (208), Kochi (205) and Yamagata (200).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 64.

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Open up the borders and soon. no need for silly restrictions any more.

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Okinawa numbers still extremely high.

Higher than Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka combined last year.

This is far from over.

Stay masked, stay home, stay away from non-household members.

Time for Japan to lockdown to finally get a grip on this.

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As much as some find the COVID-19 prevention protocols annoying, the regular chorus of deniers telling everyone to take off your mask, you must enjoy outside, vaccination does not prevent infection is even more annoying.

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Rain ManToday  05:35 pm JST

Looking forward to the upcoming golden week, put back into your economy peeps!

You know very well that you obey the protocols and wear masks, and avoid crowded places. You have received 3 vaccines too.

And you do not travel by airplane, domestically or internationally.

Thank you for keeping us safe.

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I will stay masked, got my shots, but get on with my life as usual.

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Down again!

open up !

Move on!

let’s get back to “normal”!!!

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Up again from yesterday by 2000???? This is bad…

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Still wise to take sensible precautions and practice good hygiene, especially in crowded spaces. But with hospitalisations at manageable levels, unless you’re vulnerable it’s probably good for all of us to get back to as near normal as possible.

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One thing is for sure. Alcohol had nothing to do with high case numbers.

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Rain ManToday  06:00 pm JST

I have received 1 shot of Pfizer and had an allergic reaction and am unable to have another actually, you can check my previous posts for that. I do not wear masks outside at all as transmission is highly unlikely, and I live in Shibuya-ku in Tokyo so my entire surroundings are crowded - therefore I do not care.

But you cared to get a shot in the first place.

Then, after only one shot, and months after the initial effectiveness wore down, you would go out to crowded bars and restaurants unmasked? Doesn't make sense. Why get the shot in the first place if you didn't care?

And during the SOEs, most places were closed and almost all required masks, so you either stayed home, because of nowhere to go, or wore masks where establishments, taxis etc, requested/required.

And flying now versus flying last year is totally different.

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Rain ManToday  09:46 pm JST

Since my job and life requires interacting with people, being in a crowd, and commuting outside, I will continue to do all of those things and not wear a mask where it isn’t required and not limit myself where the law doesn’t apply.

Ok, well, then we basically agree on what is reasonable.

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Rain ManToday  10:11 pm JST

Trying to shame people in to following the advice you personally believe in is unreasonable,

Oh, it is absolutely shameful to expose oneself willingly to groups of people outside of one's household in crowded, not well-ventilated places such as bars and restaurants, where extra precautions are not taken by those establishments.

It is not an excessive burden to wear a mask when going food shopping, riding a train, or taking a taxi. It is irresponsible to expose other people to Covid if one is infected, such as being asymptomatic.

Simply put, there is no reason to say "I'm going to do what I want" and ignore basic protocols that have been in place the last two and a half years.

The Japanese government agrees with me. They believe such cavalier behavior to be unreasonable too.

As I mentioned many times, if you are outside, sure, no need to mask up.

On a train, in a taxi, in a crowded indoor space, put it on. Simple.

Not to do so is shameful.

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Rain ManToday  11:00 pm JST

What an over the top way to look down on people who meet one another for a beverage, 2 years into a pandemic. Because all people who do this are shameful, and definitely couldn’t possibly be living a solitary life with no family or housemates and without this small interaction could fall into depression or something worse. Yes. Absolutely horrendous of them. How dare they put back into the economy while talking to one another.

Drink at home; the economy doesn't care where the money comes from.

Living a life and working is not and will never be selfish. “Protocols” have changed and people have along with them, including me. This is not “doing what I want”. This is following current advice and keeping my life as regular as I can.

Protocols have always been to limit one's exposure unnecessarily.

So much so there is no mandate and no law for any of it. I’m sure they’re very passionate.

Will JAL let you board an international flight without submitting proof of a negative Covid test?

As I said before, where it is required then do so to access the service you need. Where it is not, it is not shameful to not wear one no matter what your personal feelings tell you my friend.

Reasonableness is the key.

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I think wearing a mask is common courtesy to others.

Those that don't wear masks make a lot of other people feel uncomfortable.

The fact that some people who don't wear masks seem to love to promote the fact that they don't, says it all.


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Rain ManToday  11:20 pm JST

Is there a mandate to wear a mask when I have a drink in a bar? No? Then I won’t do it. Is another person free to do it? Yes, then go ahead.

Depends on the country. But why go to a bar in the first place and put yourself at risk and then put others at risk as a result? It's still too early. Why go meet other unmasked strangers and then the next day be in contact with friends, family, the elderly? Think about them.

At the end of the day the advice will continue to change and become more lax, and it is you that will need to adapt to the situation in lieu of your personal feelings about it all. You are more than welcome to follow the advice you prefer, but as borders open and living with covid becomes the norm others will get back to normal. I am already adapting to moving forward, you are not. Best of luck with that, really.

Right, advice is changing; no dispute. But number of infections are still high in Japan so why not just tough it out a little more? It won't hurt anyone, and might save someone.

And I have travelled internationally several times, and was never burdened by having to wear a mask when walking into a store in Hawaii for example.

So, I have been moving forward continually, probably more so than anyone else here, but doing so reasonably.

And it is not a hassle at all.

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Rory KoelewijnApr. 26  11:52 pm JST

At this point wearing a (slave) mask should be a choice. I assume you're triple vaxxed, right? So you're safe, right? Don't push your fears onto others.

How come you were anxious about sending your kids to school? Fair question I think:

Mar. 30, 2020  10:32 pm JSTPosted in: Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-Aug 8 in 2021  See in context

I'm really anxious about sending my kids (elementary 1st and 2nd grade) to school on April 8th, but let's not talk about that.

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Look at the shapes of the seven day cycle of the tested positive graph

Look eerily similar for the 5 weeks shown.

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