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Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 555 new cases of the coronavirus, up 156 from Tuesday.

The number (324 men and 231 women) is the result of 1,846 tests conducted on April 4. By age group, people in their 20s (178 cases) and their 30s (97) accounted for the highest numbers, while 84 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 41, down three from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 456.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,449. After Osaka (878) and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Hyogo (328), Aichi (188), Saitama (158), Okinawa (155), Miyagi (118), Kanagawa (118), Kyoto (93), Nara (81), Chiba (76), Hokkaido (72), Nagano (48), Ibaraki (46), Fukuoka (42), Wakayama (38), Niigata (34), Ehime (34), Fukushima (33), Mie (33) and Toyama (29).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 25.

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I still think Japan is fabulous because people care. Absolutely zero no masks on the train again for today. Everyone following the recommended rules.

-27 ( +13 / -40 )

Now to wait for data on the incidence of the new variants. It is likely they are one of the reasons why the number of cases is going up again, but it is not reasonable to think it is the only factor.

16 ( +21 / -5 )

@Virus: Perhaps the new variants can bring the herd immunity response more forward?

-21 ( +7 / -28 )

Here we go again.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

Now to wait for data on the incidence of the new variants. It is likely they are one of the reasons why the number of cases is going up again, but it is not reasonable to think it is the only factor.

If this is indeed a new variant, mask+ganbare may not be able to contain the spread.

Well, I have to say, they did increase the testing from last Sunday. 1800 vs 1500, so maybe Koike is telling the truth about increased testing this time /s

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

Heck of a time for the new recruits to start work during a pandemic. However, I am sure they are glad to be able to meet each other in person even with masks and cheap black suits. Good luck to them.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

@Zoroto:

Koike made suggestions according to the translations. She is not out there swabbing noses and other body orifices.

She is doing as best as she can and I would definitely vote for in another run as Mayor.

-23 ( +3 / -26 )

You can tell that the shoestring tying guy is a new recruit, for the more seasoned salaryman would 1) not put his briefcase down flat on the “dirty” sidewalk, and 2) already would have acquired the skill of tying a shoe without putting the opposite leg’s knee down at the same time.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Barely 2000 tests and 555 cases 28% positivity rate. If there would be 10000 tests than the rate would be 2800 case. I think japan olympics must be doubted.

22 ( +26 / -4 )

Tokyo will overtake Osaka by next week. Expect more fence sitting and half baked "responses" by the zombies in charge whilst they continue to blame the public for their utter incompetence.

24 ( +28 / -4 )

We had a 777, a 666, a 555... Looks more like daily LOTTO. Really, are these numbers ‘made up’?

19 ( +22 / -3 )

I predict Japan will hold the Olympics, the question is will other countries send athletes. Having another wave now also does not bode well for the following Olympics in China a year away.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Expect more fence sitting and half baked "responses" 

The Olympics is a little over 3 months away. It's simply not an option to declare another SOE now, as they already have to start letting in the people in preparation. They made the choice to prioritize the Olympics over the nation's health, and at this point it's basically too late to change course.

I am pretty sure the Olympics will be held at this point, no matter what, even if more teams withdraw.

11 ( +18 / -7 )

What the heck :D 555 positive cases out of 1846 total conducted is a very high rate of infection... are the 1846 the total number conducted in whole Tokyo on that day?

15 ( +16 / -1 )

Just 1,846 tests in a city the size of Tokyo, with virus cases rising, and supposedly attempting to host an Olympics in 100 days or so is criminal and tragic.

27 ( +30 / -3 )

@Zaram1. lol Yes, he’s really multiple trapped, that poor guy, as a ‘fresher’ in a company that doesn’t even know about two meters distancing, cheap shoestrings that are not holding for even one long working day there without possibility of home office work, the surrounding older staff puts their whole virus loads down to him as physical harassment and on top of that, officially he cannot even flee the place because it is not allowed to cross the road as the sign indicates. ROFL

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I'd say more like "pachinko", the game with those balls.

If you are lucky getting an odd number combination you get even more.

If it's an even number combination "game over".

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Funny, how everyone now trusts the numbers.

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

The Olympics are being held, its already been announced. Athletes and support staff will be tested, again well reported. There will be a risk, but only a minor one. Your chances of meeting the athletes is very limited.

The thousands of doctors and public health professionals in Japan have not all signed up to some kind of Olympic conspiracy. No one is refused a test or miscounted to “save the Olympics”. I wish posters would stop repeating such nonsense.

-19 ( +2 / -21 )

I was on a packed train in Tokyo today.

I found a nice spot next to an open window where everyone had the mask above their nose.

Then in walked in this boy about 21 years old with pocky. He stood right next to me eating his pocky. I waited for him to finish. Then he took out a second pack and opened it. So I said to him, "Put your mask on in the train and you can eat later." He complied.

The variants are here. Their proteins have finger like structures that easily latch onto our cells. They build up in the upper respiratory track and can produce a higher viral load via aerosols. Please keep your nose covered.

15 ( +19 / -4 )

Funny, how everyone now trusts the numbers.

I don't think people trust the numbers. We all know the real numbers are higher than the official numbers.

What people find telling is that the numbers being reported are going up, at a time when the government would dearly like to give the impression that numbers are low and it's all A-OK for the Olympics.

I would like to see daily reports of the number of vaccinations being carried out.

20 ( +24 / -4 )

You can tell that the shoestring tying guy is a new recruit, for the more seasoned salaryman would 1) not put his briefcase down flat on the “dirty” sidewalk,

I think you need to consider that there is some probability that the young lady in the middle actually threw her briefcase and it fell accidentally and startled the young man tying his shoe. That is the likelihood just like the numbers above are correct is likely.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

longtimenosee

So I said to him, "Put your mask on in the train and you can eat later." He complied.

Are you a mask police officer ?

Would you do the same in a restaurant or coffee shop ?

-12 ( +6 / -18 )

Funny, how everyone now trusts the numbers.

I can't speak for everyone, but I don't. I believe it's grossly under-reported.

10 ( +16 / -6 )

Would you do the same in a restaurant or coffee shop ?

Where is it against the rules to eat and drink, in the restaurant or on the train?

He did the right thing

11 ( +16 / -5 )

At least one newspaper is suggesting that the actual number of cases in Tokyo is higher than Osaka, news reports notwithstanding. That could very well be the case. Are we headed for a Golden Week Lockdown?

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ZorotoToday 04:37 pm JST

Would you do the same in a restaurant or coffee shop ?

Where is it against the rules to eat and drink, in the restaurant or on the train?

He did the right thing

Please try that again. Reread what you wrote. It makes no sense.

I ate Pocky on the train today too. It was excellent. I froze them at home first. After inserting one stick I moved the mask up. etc.

-18 ( +5 / -23 )

At least one newspaper is suggesting that the actual number of cases in Tokyo is higher than Osaka

I don't doubt it, but I would like to read the article. Do you have a link?

Are we headed for a Golden Week Lockdown?

No, absolutely not. See my post above re: Olympics.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Interesting that the international swimming federation ( FINA) decided not to hold a test event in Tokyo this month ahead of the Olympics citing insufficient coronavirus countermeasures. Another nail in the coffin of Tokyo 2020.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Are we headed for a Golden Week Lockdown?

It's looking like it, which would be a huge blow. I smell a lot of 'urging' in our near future.

I

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ZorotoToday 04:37 pm JST

Would you do the same in a restaurant or coffee shop ?

Where is it against the rules to eat and drink, in the restaurant or on the train?

There is no rule for eating / drinking or not in a train . I see people drinking water or tea everyday in the commuting train.

It is just a manner.

Now, my point is that pointing out people for not wearing a mask in such places makes no sense, as in risky place like restaurants, coffee shops, mask police officers will not intervene and keep quiet.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Everything is OK. This is just part of the State Of Emergency Completion Process. They know what they are doing because The Japanese Government is in full charge of their operation. Have faith. ; ^ 0 [ Wink }

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That’s true @didou 4:51p. However, according to the ‘flag waivers’:

- “All Japanese wear a mask and wear them propably. ALL!” -

Oh. BTW.@Monty. - The guy driving the first white van in the picture doesn’t have a mask on.-

- “ All Japanese wear a mask and wear them propably. ALL!” -

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Funny, how everyone now trusts the numbers.

Positivity rate is the number and always have been.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

No problem! It’s still less than Osaka. That’s the main thing. Ha! Ha!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Gonna blast past 3000 nationwide today. Probably 3200+.

Last December at this point they were planning to announce the SOE.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

She is doing as best as she can and I would definitely vote for in another run as Mayor.

I don’t fancy her chances as the position of Tokyo mayor has ceased to exist since 1943.

Anyway, these numbers don’t bode well for Golden Week. A lot of businesses were hoping for a much-needed bit of trade their way.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Something very ODD about this photo, they are not all standing!! and a handbag is on the floor collecting viruses.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

@snowmountaininhell

Inside the wagon I stand in that train, ALL japanese wear a mask.

That was related to 1 wagon of a train.

You understand???

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

The guy is not tiing his shoe. He is bending down and bowing to the girl in front who is his boss.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

How come I don't hear anyone saying the govt is falsifying the data anymore? Shouldn't they be doing this right now, if they were ever doing it? Smgdh

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Zoroto@

At least one newspaper is suggesting that the actual number of cases in Tokyo is higher than Osaka

I don't doubt it, but I would like to read the article. Do you have a link?

It is on page 2 of Nikkan Gendai of 4/08.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

The only encouraging figure in this story is the number of hospitalizations for Tokyo -- 41, down three from yesterday.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I was out today, and the stereotypical cigarette smoking, caffeine drinking and natto smelling salary man was walking around with no mask on. Not even a chin strap. The others were walking around with their masks below nose or on chin.

Like I said previously this week, in Japan, the Japanese citizens are the largest percentage of pandemic rule violators. Thus, they are more likely to create clusters and spread the virus.

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> HimariYamadaToday 04:11 pm JST

Funny, how everyone now trusts the numbers.

I, for one, NEVER trusted any of the numbers as both the number of cases and deaths have been seriously fudged. It's the usual way things are done, however, I do trust the numbers now more accurately reflect the reality.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Do you have any concrete evidence they manipulate the number of deaths? Just curious.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Has anyone thought of spraying the air with Avigan or Lysol . . . in order to kill the virus? If necessary use aircraft to do the job . . . continue to clean and change air filters in air conditioning systems . . . .

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Do you have any concrete evidence they manipulate the number of deaths? Just curious.

It's not so much manipulation of the number of deaths, but not allowing the dead to be tested. This is a well known policy, so it's not so much that they are hiding it, but that they are actively trying not to get an accurate number. No different from having stopped contact tracing in January to reduce the number positive tests.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

They said weeks ago that the official numbers don't include tests at those private testing centers where you can queue up and pay for an on-the-spot test. If they are not going to count all the tests, it is natural to assume there must be more cases out there, even if the majority of private positives go on take official tests.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Hold on there its going to get rough this is not looking good.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I know they dont do autopsies here which is rather bizarre.

but didn’t the number of overall deaths decrease in 2020 year on year. I’m not disagreeing with the idea that they are hiding Covid deaths but not sure it would be that significant a number. They say there have been about 8, 9,000 deaths due to Covid. What do you think the number would be if totally accurate? Again, not disagreeing with anyone here but genuinely curious.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

but didn’t the number of overall deaths decrease in 2020 year on year.

In other countries, where they do autopsies, like the European ones.

They say that since the Corona measures took place, the deaths from pneumonia, pox, influenza, etc... have been reduced significantly.

But these death numbers are filled up with CORONA19 deaths.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Japan needs Sputnik now! Stop putting geopolitics above public health!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Just 1,846 tests in a city the size of Tokyo, with virus cases rising, and supposedly attempting to host an Olympics in 100 days or so is criminal and tragic.

Just 555 positives in a city the size of Tokyo, great news

and even if was 2000 still should be great numbers cause 2000 over 14,000,000 is 0,000142857%

and if they were 20,000 still only 0,00142% zero comma zero zero one four two percent

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

Right, guess we’ll never know the exact figure. Oh well.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Number of PCR test at Tokyo was only 1846,

There is even suspicion that Tokyo decreases PCR test to make infection looks small because they want to hold Olympics.

'nationwide tally 3,449'

that is worse than "Google forecast".

8 ( +9 / -1 )

but didn’t the number of overall deaths decrease in 2020 year on year.

Overall death rates will decrease if people don't go out and get into accidents, or don't get the flu (which basically nobody did last year or this).

The overall death rate is not important, but how many deaths were there from respiratory reasons.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Omitted the rest of your quote @Monty 5:49p. But, if You insist:

*- “Are you kidding me??? You can not see the difference between a Japanese person and a western person or a south Asian or even a Chinese??? Yesterday morning in the full packed train, one foreign guy without mask. Probably late 20s. All Japanese wear a mask and wear them propably {properly}. ALL!” -*

Fair enough? Your comments came off a somewhat ‘racist’: implying an ‘ability to determine ethnicity and/or origin by people’s outer appearance’; that ‘ALL Japanese’ are perfect in their countermeasures; and, that other nationalities, ‘foreigners’, were ‘problematic’ for spreading contagions and not accepting the ‘ineptitude’ and/or, lack of appropriate & effective responses by the government to the pandemic.

Best wishes @Monty. Stay ‘safe & healthy’ in your daily commute. That’s all that we can each do as ‘human beings’ to not spread it to each other.

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@didou

Now, my point is that pointing out people for not wearing a mask in such places makes no sense, as in risky place like restaurants, coffee shops, mask police officers will not intervene and keep quiet.

No, it makes perfect sense. My company forces me to go to the office now that the state of emergency has ended, so I have no choice but to ride the train. However, I do not eat at restaurants because the risk of being around massless people is too high in my opinion.

No one needs to eat pocky on the train in an age when simply breathing around others can make them sick. Keep your mask on properly while on the train and eat your snack some other time.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

I meant maskless people, not massless people (which I assume are ghosts). Whoops.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The fact that someone goes about “inserting Pocky” is my ‘take away’ for the day.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Names can change but style remains @blvtzpk 10:19p. “Have Pocky, will travel”.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Just 555 positives in a city the size of Tokyo, great news

and even if was 2000 still should be great numbers cause 2000 over 14,000,000 is 0,000142857%

and if they were 20,000 still only 0,00142% zero comma zero zero one four two percent

555 infected on 1846 tested = 30,07%

14,000,000 x 30,07% = 4,209,800

It can be great, it can be bad ...

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Not good for the upcoming Olympics with the numbers going up.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Cognac - Just 555 positives in a city the size of Tokyo, great news

Yes...it's amazing news ....almost as amazing as seeing you posting under this old username again...ready to hear some more " wisdom".

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Japan needs Sputnik now! Stop putting geopolitics above public health!

Neveeer ! Only freedom fighting vaccines are good enough for Japan.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Do some of you Olympic baiters read the news you comment on?

There will be NO overseas visitors coming into Japan for the Olympics. Athletes and staff will be tested before departure, on arrival and during the games. The only risk of virus exposure will be Japanese resident fans in the stadiums. These fan numbers HAVE YET TO BE ANNOUNCED... Whatever spectator numbers are decided, they will be wearing masks with shouting forbidden.

Will there be an increase in case numbers? Probably but not by anything to get excited about.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

The only risk of virus exposure will be Japanese resident fans in the stadiums.

try to think a little deeper.

don't the players need to eat, transport, train, staff, gym, laundromats...

where are the fans going after the event? are they gonna quarantine for 2 weeks in the stadium?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Are you a mask police officer ?

Would you do the same in a restaurant or coffee shop ?

No, because I'm not going to restaurants. Last I checked, the train is not an eatery or cafe. People need to cover up on public transport.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

The morgues are going to be disappointed because hospitalizations decreased AGAIN. They are trying to make up for fewer deaths that occurred last year vs. 2019.

When is this deadly virus supposed to arrive?

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Several hundreds cases is per DAY.

Accumulate for months and it is sad stories everywhere.

Exponential (or in fact geometrical) growth of cases is sciencifically occuring.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Is this a joke?? Only 1,846 tests in metro Tokyo?? What is Keiko doing? Sleeping??

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bokuda

The only risk of virus exposure will be Japanese resident fans in the stadiums.

try to think a little deeper.

don't the players need to eat, transport, train, staff, gym, laundromats...

where are the fans going after the event? are they gonna quarantine for 2 weeks in the stadium?

LOL.... There is this thing called the Olympic village. The athletes are bused to event sites. Your chances of bumping into Usain Bolt on the Yamanote line or local Family Mart is very slim.

As I said... spectator numbers have yet to be released. There may not be any or limited seating.

The Olympics is not going to be a super spreading event.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449

Ridiculously low numbers for a a population of 20 and 110 million respectively, and this about a disease that young healthy people do not even have symptoms of.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Last I checked, the train is not an eatery or cafe. People need to cover up on public transport.

People are free to eat Pockys in the train.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Yes JGov never mind vaccinating us lot while we have to go to the office each day, make sure the athletes are vaccinated though of course.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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