A construction fence with the words "Safety First" is seen near Tokyo Bay on Tuesday, Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
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Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 510 new cases of the coronavirus, up 204 from Monday.

The number (305 men and 205 women) is the result of 4,650 tests conducted on April 10. By age group, people in their 20s (156 cases) and their 40s (100) accounted for the highest numbers, while 64 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 41, down one from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 596.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,452. Every prefecture except Kochi reported new cases. Osaka Prefecture had the highest count, posting 1,099 new cases, followed by Tokyo, Hyogo (391), Aichi (168), Saitama (156), Okinawa (125), Kanagawa (114), Miyagi (72), Fukuoka (72), Chiba (62), Nara (62), Kyoto (61), Hokkaido (60), Shiga (39), Gifu (35), Niigata (32), Ibaraki (30) and Wakayama (30).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 37.

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Tokyo at 510 while Osaka at 1000! Why has the balance shifted so much?

6 ( +9 / -3 )

What is the meaning of the caption with the photo?

9 ( +12 / -3 )

510 cases are a 25% increase over last Tuesday, with the same number of tests.

15 ( +21 / -6 )

What is the meaning of the caption with the photo?

I think it has absolutely nothing to do with coronavirus, but asking the construction people to wear a hard hat. I agree, very odd choice for the article.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Osaka does more tests. Go figure.

24 ( +26 / -2 )

Tokyo at 510 while Osaka at 1000! Why has the balance shifted so much?

I suspect the reason starts with an O and ends with an S.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

Osaka does more tests. Go figure.

Why is that a surprise? If the Tokyo went back into a State Of Emergency, they would have no choice but to cancel the Olympics, as nobody in their right mind would come.

So they are gambling that quasi (a.k.a. less than half-arsed) effort will somehow suppress the virus. The problem is that the mutant variant has an R number of around 4.0, compared 2.5 with the regular one, so simple measures such as mask-wearing may be insufficient.

16 ( +23 / -7 )

Should have used a photo of a clown rather than a fence.

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

If Tokyo did more tests on people without symptoms, the numbers would be the same.

-23 ( +6 / -29 )

I don't know why everyone is panicking over a few cases here and there. Surely, there wouldn't be an Olympics unless everything were under control.

Don't forget what Suga said back on September 26th, 2020.

“In the summer of next year, Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.”

/s

6 ( +13 / -7 )

@Kyakusenbi, asymptomatic people who test positive can still spread the virus.

15 ( +20 / -5 )

demazin, thanks for putting the "/s" in there, otherwise .....

Well, Tokyo's case count will definitely "improve" (or was it increase) once the Olympics (if they are held) are over.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Osaka number coming soon... I’m in Osaka and not happy to see it, but maybe the higher number of tests — and corresponding higher number of cases — will wake up a few of the carefree peeps here.

The maskless and chin-strapping denizens may finally cotton on to the looming severity of this particular virus. No fear mongering, just the situation.

4 ( +11 / -7 )

i don’t care anymore

-8 ( +10 / -18 )

Tests are getting fewer and fewer yet the number doesn't drop, so there will be fewer tests again

12 ( +15 / -3 )

@klausdorth

Haha, yeah! A must on this site.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

The number (305 men and 205 women) is the result of 4,650 tests conducted on April 10. By age group, people in their 20s (156 cases) and their 40s (100) accounted for the highest numbers, while 64 cases were aged 60 and over.

So did any of them actually have any problems? This virus is harmless to 90% of the population.

Seems to me bureaucrats just can't let go of their new-found power.

-21 ( +7 / -28 )

Anyone else have a sneaking suspicion that once the Olympics are over the true extent of infections will be revealed?

15 ( +18 / -3 )

On the topic of the Photo, it's a clear message from the Photographer to the Government.

Make 'Safety First' take priority over the Olympics.

Unfortunately, even if anyone in the LDP was creative enough to take the hint, they are not listening anyway.

Japanese colleagues today bemoaning the slow vaccine rollout, followed by lots of concerned 'Hmmmss' and Haaasss,,,' but the average person is doing all they can.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The difference is because Osaka finished their SOE 2 weeks earlier than Tokyo. Tokyo will catch up in 2 weeks.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

The amount of tests in Osaka averages 10000/day for the last week.

One month ago, it was about 5000.

https://covid19-osaka.info/en/

11 ( +11 / -0 )

@WilliB

Check out Long Covid. 1/3 of people who get COVID-19 end up with a long-hauler case.

Just because Japan wants to pretend like it's not a thing and this virus is "just a cold" doesn't mean that's the truth.

Some of us here are still "enjoying" the results of Long Covid, and even better...? If we try to get help at a hospital, we're told "it's all in your head". Amazing. They don't help you when you first get sick (starting with refusing to test you), and they don't do a damn thing when you're still suffering over a year later with chest pains, shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, etc.

Like I said in a previous comment, it's amazing to me how they're willing to have an entire generation of young people with long-term illness for the sake an Olympics that will, if not be forgotten entirely in a few short years, turn into the disaster super-spreader it seems to be gearing up to be.

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@Skipp

Check out Long Covid. 1/3 of people who get COVID-19 end up with a long-hauler case.

Like I said in a previous comment, it's amazing to me how they're willing to have an entire generation of young people with long-term illness 

Could you stop saying nonsense please? Here is a very recent study which addresses the long COVID. Out of 4,182 incident cases of COVID-19, 13.3% of the participants reported symptoms lasting higher or equal than 28 days, 4.5% for higher or equal to 8 weeks and 2.3% for higher or equal to 12 weeks. Also long COVID most observed symptoms were more likely associated with increasing age, body mass index and female sex.

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01292-y

-12 ( +5 / -17 )

@daito_hak

Here are far more reliable resources on the one-third stat than you've provided:

A Third of COVID Survivors Have Long-Haul Symptoms (webmd.com)

Almost a third of people with 'mild' Covid-19 still battle symptoms months later, study finds - CNN

Nearly One Third of Covid-19 Survivors Have Symptoms, Some Up To 9 Months Later, New Study Finds (forbes.com)

Studies show long-haul COVID-19 afflicts 1 in 4 COVID-19 patients, regardless of severity (ucdavis.edu)

The last website cites 1 in 4 survivors of COVID.

All of these are as recent as this year, and with a quick Google search of "one third of COVID-19 patients long hauler", you get the same stat. I have no idea what "nature.com" is or why you consider it a reliable source.

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@daito_hak

Can't seem to post the URLs directly, so just highlight the titles and click the "Search the Web" option to find the corresponding article. But honestly, Google is your friend here.

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@Skipp

Answer to the scientific study instead of throwing random information you barely understand. You just don't seem to understand that there isn't a scientific consensus on the subject.

 

I have no idea what "nature.com" is or why you consider it a reliable source.

Here right, you have no idea. The paper I linked to was published last month in Nature (Medecine), which just happens to be one of the best and most prestigious scientific journal out there.

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

@daito_hak

Even so, I have still never heard of Nature.com, and all of the articles I listed are not only from well-known, reliable web sources, but also cite studies of their own. So perhaps you might check those out before insisting that the one clearly limited study you share of "4,182 incident cases of COVID-19" is a reliable enough indication of the overall long-hauler Covid rate.

Also, as someone dealing with long-Covid right now, I find it rather despicable that out of your own fear of this potentially being the reality (newsflash, it is and it's not fun), you're wasting your time trying to convince everyone else that it's not likely to happen and can't possibly be true.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Given that just about everyone in Japan wears a mask and yet numbers are still rising, at the very least it might make one question their effectiveness.

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

Just because Japan wants to pretend like it's not a thing and this virus is "just a cold" doesn't mean that's the truth.

The number of tests might be low but Japan does pretend the opposite of what you say. In the media, talking about covid is always alarmist, and nearly everyday journalists and politicians do remind the masses how dangerous it is and the side effects on a short and long term basis.

Someone who now will pretend it is just a cold will be ejected from the mainstream media.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Understood @spinningplates 5:12pm but it’s too late for that.

“On the topic of the Photo, it's a clear message from the Photographer to the Government.

Make 'Safety First' take priority over the Olympics.

- “Unfortunately, even if anyone in the LDP take the hint, they are not listening anyway.” -

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Popped to Namba and Shinsaibashi this afternoon, shopping, cafes and luncheon. Not quite as busy as usual but that could be due to the overcast weather.

My partner and I have taken full consideration of the situation and decided that the risk to our health is negligible if we continue our current way of life. Please don’t live in fear people, if not very old and in good health you have very little to worry about

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

No, it’s a great photograph chosen, as you can read ‘safety first’ and the Olympic Rings left in the very background. Nice and clever...

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

@A Canadian

"asymptomatic people who test positive can still spread the virus."

Seems it would be rare. And it brings up a lot of questions...

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@Skipp

"Here are far more reliable resources... blah, blah, blah... ... - CNN ...forbes.com..."

Haha!!

"a quick Google search of..."

Ha! Stop it!!

"I have no idea what "nature.com" is ..."

Oh dear. Well! If YOU don't know what it is then it is most certainly unreliable.

Just to help you out, I did a "quick" Wikipedia search: Nature Medice from Wikipedia: "Nature Medicine is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal publishing research articles, reviews, news and commentaries in the biomedical area, including both basic research and early-phase clinical research covering all aspects of medicine. ..."

Note, though that it's PEER reviewed, not SKIPP reviewed.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

@Gooch

"...everyone in Japan wears a mask and yet numbers are still rising, at the very least it might make one question their effectiveness"

I think you're right. And the discarded masks are bad for the environment.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

The paper I linked to was published last month in Nature (Medecine), which just happens to be one of the best and most prestigious scientific journal out there.

Which paper did Obokata publish that her paper in ? If I am not mistaken wasn't it Nature.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

All people will get the virus. the strong ones will remain standing. thats the truth.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Sorry, “Too little, too late!” @SvenAsai 7:17pm

- “...it’s a great photograph chosen, as you can [barely} read ‘safety first’ and the [blurry} Olympic Rings left in the background...Nice and clever” -

It’s NOT nice & clever Now. That photo looks like an ‘afterthought’, filler for a page with ‘no good news’.

This would have been positive, media encouragement a year ago, had the Japanese government ‘established effective guidelines’,’implemented strict rules & enforcement’ and followed up by disciplined & voluntary public adherence to support their elected ‘leaders’. Instead, the elected officials ‘buried their heads in each other’s sand’ and ‘*chose to ‘wait and see**’* while juggling the sponsors and the IOC.

By now, we’d all be coming out of our homes, returning to work & school and lining up as volunteers for what, many of us, had been looking forward to since Sep 7, 2013.

Now, Japan is left as ‘The Last in Everything’: vaccinations, another surge in infections, another SOE, etc

When does the cycle end?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Oh dear. Well! If YOU don't know what it is then it is most certainly unreliable.

Note, though that it's PEER reviewed, not SKIPP reviewed.

No need to get hysterical with the block capitals. Awfully emotional.

The paper I linked to was published last month in Nature (Medecine), which just happens to be one of the best and most prestigious scientific journal out there.

It is a very good journal. The Lancet is another decent read on this topic.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Given that just about everyone in Japan wears a mask and yet numbers are still rising, at the very least it might make one question their effectiveness.

Most infections are around a meal or a drink. No mask there.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

No, it’s a great photograph chosen, as you can read ‘safety first’ and the Olympic Rings left in the very background. Nice and clever...

In a way it means :

"Take care of yourself, don't count on the gov that wants to hold the Olympics at any cost".

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Have to feel for the elderly and sick their government has thrown them under the bus..

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Jp government is more worried about olympics then Their sinking population nihon ichibaan lol

6 ( +6 / -0 )

All this government is worried about is the Olympics forget Rolling out a vaccine plan. Dam shame..

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Not even 5000 tested in Tokyo to keep the numbers low. Very sad state of affairs.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I think it's a warning that in unprecedented times of global chaos, it is easy to forget about building-site health and safety.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

If they tested everyone, they'd be a very different result. I've not met one person who's had a test. No one wants to pay for one either

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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