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Tokyo reports 570 coronavirus cases; 918 in Osaka


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 570 new cases of the coronavirus, up 33 from Friday, while Osaka recorded a record high 918.

In Tokyo, the number (347 men and 223 women) is the result of 7,714 tests conducted on April 7. By age group, people in their 20s (162 cases) and their 30s (117) accounted for the highest numbers, while 66 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 37, down six from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 511.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,672. After Osaka and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Hyogo (350), Aichi (197), Kanagawa (180), Okinawa (146), Saitama (142), Hokkaido (116), Miyagi (109), Chiba (94), Kyoto (84), Nara (83), Fukuoka (81), Okayama (42), Ibaraki (39), Gunma (39), Mie (39), Nagano (38), Ehime (34) and Yamagata (33).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 20.

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Still doing excellent in my opinion compared to the world in general.

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Still doing excellent in my opinion compared to the world in general.

Still doing excellent with the ultra low number of tests to keep the numbers down.

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Steady as she goes. Although I still think the Olympics will happen in some reduced form, all bets are off if the variant from Osaka takes hold in Tokyo.

Which variant is in Osaka ?

Hope you are not buying into that stupid idea raised by one of those so-called experts that

the new variants found room to increase in Osaka because Osaka got rid of the normal variant, whereas

Tokyo was still rife with the old variant and as such the new variants hadn't room to infiltrate in Tokyo.

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sane government you said

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How many of these cases are the "eek" Japan variant?

Didn't know there was a Japan Variant.

All I hear is England, Brazil and S.A variants.

With the strong tendency to look good and maintain a good image abroad, doubt it will

be called such even if it really did exist as that might jeopardise the olympics or taint the

good image.

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the new variants found room to increase in Osaka because Osaka got rid of the normal variant, whereas

Tokyo was still rife with the old variant and as such the new variants hadn't room to infiltrate in Tokyo.

Impresses me how people believe this propaganda the government is selling to its people.

Anyone who has lived here for a long time knows that any virus that would be in Osaka in one day, it would get to Tokyo on the next one.

If Tokyo has lower infection cases than Osaka it is only due to politics/Olympics/no contact tracing/no testing an so on.

If Tokyo has an “official” big wave of infections now... MATANE Olympics! Thats for sure!

And you think the big businesses/sponsors would allow billions to fly away like that?

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37 cases with severe symptoms in the whole city.

That's like 2 or 3 per ward.

Is this a "pandemic" ??????

At least one person who understand the situation.

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The number (347 men and 223 women) is the result of 7,714 tests conducted on April 7.

Editor: Story will be updated later with nationwide numbers.

Hope the number of tests for Osaka will be provided so that we can compare

and understand what is happening

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At this point it is more hysteria,


but things could change.

Of course things could change.

But in everything!

The weather could change...

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Oh geeze! We know these numbers are not even correct...

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At this rate, as word about the Japan variant spreads (currently mentioned as eek or conveniently mixed up with the British variant), other nations may not even want to send their athletes to Japan. Based on previous reports, this will be much more devastating to any vaccine drive.

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Popped to Nishinari this afternoon for a laugh and to check out the situation now with Covid

Noticed about 10% of people were maskless and it was pretty busy. Went to McDonald’s near Tsutenkaku and noticed there we’re no partitions or attempts to make patrons distance from each other. Guess this is partly due to the area where the locals ignore stuff like that anyway.

Certainly no changes to usual behavior of enjoying the weekend which I find very encouraging. No need to live in fear from Covid the risks are extremely low for the majority

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I wonder what's really causing the surge in Osaka. It can't be just people going out eating and drinking at night. People are going out at night in other big cities, too, such as Sapporo, Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Chiba, but their infection numbers seem to have been around 100 or so for the past week.

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Lots of good points made here by AG and burning bush.

Tokyo needs to keep the numbers low and any new possible variants quiet as they don’t want countries to get jittery about sending their athletes, coaches and doctors to a city rampant with the virus and a lackadaisical approach to the virus.

is it a pandemic with so few with severe symptoms?

Said it before, but if the situation spreads from Kansai to Kanto then we could be in a slight pickle!!!

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is it a pandemic with so few with severe symptoms?

3 Million deaths worldwide, spread across many countries? Yeah, probably...

US peaked at about 6k deaths a day (that's 2x 9/11s a day). Brasil currently 4k deaths a day. UK peaked at about 1.2k deaths a day.

Has Japan majorly lucked out so far? Yep, though it's not totally clear why. But there is clearly potential for things to get out of hand quickly.

Variants seem to be getting more virulent, whereas people are developing immunity and doctors are getting better at treating it.

But if the vaccines don't cut off the spread there's always the risk that a variant is going to make things go south rapidly.

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Few deaths because the very sick can still get admitted in hospitals and get the ventilators.

Don’t wait until there’s not enough hospital beds, like whats happening in the Philippines.

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Is Osaka’s apparent ground central status simply a product of greater testing? A straw poll of the JT commentariat would probably lean toward that and it’s corollary, that it’s no more dangerous than Tokyo, with its far lower numbers proportional to population. Intuitively, we sense that the numbers they’re parading are bogus. Hard hitting, investigative journalism is needed, but the housebroken locals, under strict ‘harmony is everything’ orders not to question the official line, are hardly capable of doing it. What’s needed is a few specially brought in seasoned pros with the nouse to suss out the truth from its surrounding penumbra of cant and humbug. Knowing that it’s fudged stats, inaction and penchant for rubbery figures was being closely watched and portrayed in an unflattering light in the major Western capitals, is just the 外圧 Japan needs.

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Hats off to the LDP and there three rings circus is doing the greatest job in the world. Japan should be leading every country by example and just close the restaurants at 8pm that all.

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we are so lucky to be in Japan.

other countries are struggling with the tests and the vaccines.

while we are living in peace and armony.

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Total lock down a must.

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I only check numbers because I worry I won't be able to drink until late.

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See you in 2022. Olympics are over before they started.

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Less test, less report ???

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Very little testing being done to keep the numbers low.

Very dangerous situation in Tokyo.

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