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Tokyo reports 542 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,261

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Sunday reported 542 new coronavirus cases, down 230 from Saturday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 806.

People in their 20s (165 cases) and their 30s (99) accounted for the highest numbers, while 79 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 84, down one from Saturday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,223, down eight from Saturday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 5,215. Osaka had the most cases with 620, followed by Tokyo, Aichi (522), Fukuoka (505), Hokkaido (491), Kanagawa (296), Hyogo (267), Saitama (216), Okayama (171), Hiroshima (165), Kyoto (140), Chiba (135), Gifu (117), Shizuoka (84), Okinawa (78), Ibaraki (68), Kumamoto (60), Ishikawa (59), Oita (58), Gunma (51) and Nagano (40).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 47.

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Sunday reported 542 new coronavirus cases, down 230 from Saturday.

Only 5100 tests on Friday, which is the lowest non-holiday Friday test count since October 30.

34 ( +38 / -4 )

what happened to the promise of doing more testing?!

didn't they say a million tests a day?

26 ( +29 / -3 )

the choice is to laugh or cry with these fake numbers. Personally I ignore them. If the Japanese people wish to believe them they are welcome to them

20 ( +23 / -3 )

didn't they say a million tests a day?

They said a million vaccines a day.

17 ( +19 / -2 )

I believe J gov is working hard for the people of Japan Because I understand stats and numbers.

You believe anything the J gov tells you whatever your chosen name on any given day.

22 ( +23 / -1 )

The numbers can only go down for 1 of 3 reasons, especially with the mutant virus rampant:

1) Tough measures with enforcement

2) Vaccinations

3) Lower testing

Unfortunately, Japan chose Option 3, like most third world banana republics.

30 ( +32 / -2 )

It would be very helpful and journalistic if JT include the deceased testing in the article. As it is, this info is always found here in the comments...

22 ( +22 / -0 )

*decreased

(Sorry)

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Back to 500 baseline.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

I just watch a Chiba Jets-Mikawa Basketball game and the place was packed.....They had one empty seat between them, but do you know how close these seats are?...It's a joke

17 ( +18 / -1 )

Currently, Japan has the largest number of active cases since the pandemic began, over 83,000. I guess this information isn't news worthy.

Friday, the nationwide testing total finally exceeded 120,000. It's nice to know that it's possible to exceed 100,000 tests in a day. I'm sure the government will prevent that from happening again.

https://covid19japan.com/

21 ( +21 / -0 )

Friday, the nationwide testing total finally exceeded 120,000.

Even more shameful that Tokyo only does 5100. Of course, it's Tokyo 2020 and not Japan 2020.

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/

Chart 4 (Number of tested people)

9 ( +9 / -0 )

So it looks like the infection rate is roughly 10 percent! Time to consider serious actions! Stop playing and fooling around!

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Good link @Dee Thanks

https://covid19japan.com/

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Interesting how the new case numbers have almost halved in three days. I wonder if there is any link to announcing 100 days until the Paralympics begin.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Friday, the nationwide testing total finally exceeded 120,000. It's nice to know that it's possible to exceed 100,000 tests in a day. I'm sure the government will prevent that from happening again.

Look at the full breakdown of the testing.

Over 80% of the test were in order.

Private labs doing private requests.

Hospitals with internal testing facilities.

Universities with internal testing facilities.

Public health centres made up less than 20%

The more the government lowers it's testing the more the private labs are busy.

Someone explain how the government a IOC are going to test the over 100,000 involved in the Olympics daily when they cannot do it now?

9 ( +9 / -0 )

https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html

This one looks like a good reference for numbers.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Only 84 current hospitalized in Tokyo and they act as if the hospitals are crashing and overwhelmed. 84 hospitals bed across how many hospitals?

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Only 84 current hospitalized in Tokyo and they act as if the hospitals are crashing and overwhelmed. 

Yes that should make one think.

Hospitals are saying they are near capacity but officially the government is says only 84.

Who do we believe the hospitals that have nothing to gain from saying they are overwhelmed and full or the government whose Olympics interests are counting on low numbers to justify still having the Olympics.

I know who I believe, the doctors and hospitals, you can decide for yourself.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Another way to treat patients with extra oxygen:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14350603

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@Oxycodin

84 is the number of people hospitalized WITH SEVERE SYMPTOMS. It’s not the total number of hospitalizations. There are many, many more. I believe the hospitals if they say they’re being overwhelmed.

Also, focusing so many hospital resources on Covid will cause many more people to die, even those who aren’t infected by it. My father was suddenly diagnosed with an illness last summer, and due to the medical system being overwhelmed by Covid, he had to wait months between appointments. To the shock of all of us, he passed away this past January, years before the doctors expected him to. Had he been diagnosed in 2019, my family and I believe he would still be alive because he would’ve been able to get faster medical care.

I read an article about a hospital in Osaka shutting down its cancer ward to shift more nurses to Covid care. I feel horrible for those cancer patients and their families. Yes, I’m sure they were referred to other hospitals, but how long will their medical care be delayed because of it? How many people will pass away unnecessarily like my dad did?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

I read an article about a hospital in Osaka shutting down its cancer ward to shift more nurses to Covid care.

You should post a link because some people on the internet like to assert all sorts without evidence.

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@Wobot

Tah-dah: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13979103

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I am curious what the betting odds are that the Olympics will be held. I say 75% likely they will be held. We shall know soon enough then Suga-san can face the voters in September.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Lo cases and low deaths. Deaths and severe cases are what matter and they are minuscule. Nothing to be concerned about

It is when you understand that this is not yet the situation experts are warning about, at this point there is still a chance to control (even if not completely) the growing number of cases, but "not being concerned about" is the best way to reach the point where this is no longer possible and people begin to die in their houses routinely.

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Virusrex

id bet money that it’s not going to happen in Japan unless a much more dangerous variant appears. With the current situation and people taking precautions, it won’t be a problem like the West

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

It is when you understand that this is not yet the situation experts are warning about, at this point there is still a chance to control (even if not completely) the growing number of cases, but "not being concerned about" is the best way to reach the point where this is no longer possible and people begin to die in their houses routinely.

Which JT experts have been warning about for over a year and still hasn't happened. Does it ever get old?

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

I am curious what the betting odds are that the Olympics will be held. I say 75% likely they will be held. We shall know soon enough then Suga-san can face the voters in September.

Then watch him and the LDP get re-elected because the Japanese public: A: Turn out in terribly low numbers to vote, and B: have no spines when it comes to making mass public statements.

Oh, and C: Shouganai ne.

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Dave

I just watch a Chiba Jets-Mikawa Basketball game and the place was packed.....They had one empty seat between them, but do you know how close these seats are?...It's a joke

Well, um, why did you go to a packed stadium then?!

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

@serendipitous1

The word “watched” would imply that he watched it on TV. I don’t think he went to the game.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

id bet money that it’s not going to happen in Japan unless a much more dangerous variant appears. With the current situation and people taking precautions, it won’t be a problem like the West

Oh the famous "japanese model" argument we had last year ...

4 ( +5 / -1 )

They don’t publish the real numbers and make too few testings like in other countries too. That’s not the point. I see two much bigger problems than those false numbers. First, you can’t catch the developing clusters early. If someone calls, a teacher or a staff at a senior residence, I have a higher temperature but still am feeling ok, such one is highly probable only told to wait some days and denied testing, so the whole place or city gets infected, for example. And second, if you have only such few testings, then take an even smaller percentage of those few tests for the genome sequencing to detect those VOC, you get a very wrong and biased picture of the situation, something like the B117 variant is still not spread everywhere, only here and there the variant from India , so everything is still fine...but it’s not, because with full testing and sequencing of all probes you would get completely other results, for example B117 is everywhere and the B167 is already rising everywhere and pushing the other variants away and so on, only as a fictitious example. So it’s really decisive IMO that much testing and sequencing is done every day.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

falseflagsteve - Lo cases and low deaths. Deaths and severe cases are what matter and they are minuscule. Nothing to be concerned about

if you or one of your family were in intensive care on a respirator fighting for your life I’m quite sure there would be something to be concerned about.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

id bet money that it’s not going to happen in Japan unless a much more dangerous variant appears. With the current situation and people taking precautions, it won’t be a problem like the West

Yeah, because your money is a more important thing to bet than human lives, priorities are not your specialty, aren't they? Health care professionals are not meant to act on the hunch of nameless people on the internet that have deep disregard for the lives of others, but according to the best available science in order to prevent risk. Acting only after a lot of lives are lost saying "Yeah, in retrospective we should have done...." is a failure to keep with their responsibilities.

If those experts say this is a real possibility and that strong, effective measures are necessary to reduce it as much as possible, then those opinions are the ones worth listening.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Because the government is doing nothing but only asking, lower number of new cases comes without extending PCR test and luck.

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Virusrex

Well, it was a cheeky remark. I guess under the new normal we have to be grim 24/7. Now it comes down to personal insults as usual. I think you’ll find the ‘experts’ especially in the most of the West have messe up big time. Huge death tolls, lockdowns etc. Read about some of the expert advice in the UK yesterday. Where government scientists were pushed into making out the threat of Covid to be worse than it is to get compliance for the first lockdown.

Yes, it’s all about money, a few are doing very well financially from Covid but their motives are brushed under the carpet. Asking a population to become more healthy not just now to help with Covid but from now is not on the cards. Big businesses and their mates in government are what most decisions are based on not science.I’ve never been anti vaccines, anti science or a covid denier. I look at how things unfold or are likely too. Since Covid began we have been bombarded with posts here of doomsday scenarios if no lockdowns implemented etc, Now Japan is doomed if vaccines aren’t rolled out faster, doomsday doesn’t come. Lately, the experts say the Olympics will be a super spreader and Japan will become like India.

Exactly who are the ones who’s views are not based on reality?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

knittyelf

That did cross my mind but 'these seats' implies being there I reckon. Awaiting Dave's clarification!

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