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Tokyo reports 570 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,672

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 570 new coronavirus cases, down 49 from Wednesday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 439.6.

People in their 20s (156 cases), their 30s (106) and 40s (102) accounted for the highest numbers.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 43, one down from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 629, down 17 from Wednesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 1,672. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (192), Chiba (129), Saitama (119), Osaka (116), Okinawa (62), Ibaraki (38), Fukuoka (36), Shizuoka (28) and Hokkaido (26).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 42.

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Numbers very low now outside of Kanto. Vaccinations moving ahead, now 20% of people in Japan have had at least one dose, and at least 1M doses are being administered per day. 11M people now fully vaccinated.

The numbers in Tokyo are higher than ideal, but things are changing for the better in Japan overall.

Some people on this site laughed at me when I said there would be 50 million jabs by the Olympics, if anything now that was a conservative estimate - I think we'll be at 70m by then.

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Here is what I know for a fact, my friend who works in a Kuakusho has stated to me that the numbers are higher. 

Good you have a friend in the kuakusho. Just seems odd to me, when you were inquiring about whether you are eligible for early covid vaccination, why did you have to ask your student to call the kuakusho? Why didn't you just ask your friend at the kuakusho directly?

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Here is what I know for a fact, my friend who works in a Kuakusho has stated to me that the numbers are higher. The only tests that are being reported are by public hospitals. Any private clinics, are not releasing their positive numbers to the government in the majority cases, and so, the public is not getting the whole picture.

Death rates from COVID, are also higher if someone dies at home and have not been diagnosed officially with COVID, and yet, pass from COVID type deaths, there are no autopsies being done to confirm.

I just read a news report that states that Olympians and others coming into Japan are not required to have the vaccine. We already have 2 Ugandans, who have tested for the virus one was sent back and the other along with the entire team put on a bus and taken to the village.

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The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 42.

Hopefully this continues to go down.

If all the elderly can be vaccinated maybe people won't be so obsessed with the number of cases anymore as it could be more likely to have low number of deaths despite high number of infections

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Worryingly high for the time we are going to exit the mini lockdown, specially the number of deaths.

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Good to see this and how Japan has coped so admirably compared to most of the world.

NK is doing even better. No infections so far.

How lucky they are!!

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Japan doesn't do mass TESTING, like other countries. So the actual infection numbers will always look low, which is probably by design for the usual "national image" purposes. It's quite strange that Olympic athletes that tested negative before coming to Japan, all of the sudden come down with the coronavirus while in Japan.  

It's embarrassing that Japan (or at least the Tokyo area) didn't have an aggressive and massive vaccination program operating in April and May, as oppose to this ridiculous last second shenanigans where only a low fraction of the population will be vaccinated when the Olympics start. Numerous countries are already over 60% of the population vaccinated. There are no good reasons that a small highly homogenous country like Japan with one of the highest GDPs, couldn't be at that level of vaccination. The Olympics looks like it will be a super spreader event for the coronavirus.

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Objective

Yup, better late than never. Good to see this and how Japan has coped so admirably compared to most of the world.

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Don't ignore Hokkaido now that there are only 26 daily cases there. This was a bellwether for Covid concern since counting there is lauded for its accuracy. The downward trend is real in most prefectures and a lot has to do with the impressive vaccine numbers over the past month. Yes, Japan was late at getting started but it does not take away from the positive effects we are seeing. Stay positive!

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JimToday  06:54 pm JST

Agree with your comment above - but as you know in Japan logic does not work - that is how it should be but I can bet it will not happen....

One Japan PM (highest level person in Japan) has officially said that Japan cannot do anything or cancel Covidympics - IOC has decided it will go ahead

As everyone knows IOC has already spoken - nothing short of Armageddon will cancel these wretched Covidyimpics

Tokyo is a party to the contract with the IOC. Tokyo can cancel the Olympics. The governor though is conveniently on leave.

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@some dude

Agree with your comment above - but as you know in Japan logic does not work - that is how it should be but I can bet it will not happen....

One Japan PM (highest level person in Japan) has officially said that Japan cannot do anything or cancel Covidympics - IOC has decided it will go ahead

As everyone knows IOC has already spoken - nothing short of Armageddon will cancel these wretched Covidyimpics

So here we are - even if 100 more positive cases come up or 1000 - I dont think they will cancel as they need to earn their $$$ from TV rights - dont care about Japanese populace or for that matters athletes health - that is why IOC has got waiver signed from each participating athlete that they are not liable for any Covid related health issues

Brace yourself, protect yourself and be safe - that is all common resident in Tokyo can think of - and ofcourse pray - lots of prayers!!!

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And here we go again

Another breaking news (in Japanese for now) at Mainichi (link below) -

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20210624/k00/00m/040/181000c

While this is bad news, it might act as a catalyst. At this rate, assuming the incompetence continues (and there’s no reason to think it won’t) we are going to see a potentially significant number of infected people coming into Japan. Then we have to ask: how many cases will the government and JOC accept before having to consider even more extreme measures? (We can leave the IOC out of the equation; they wouldn’t care if half the population of Japan got infected as long as they got their cash). Any possible public goodwill they might have picked up with the increased vaccine rollout is going to be squandered if they keep letting infected people in.

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And here we go again

Another breaking news (in Japanese for now) at Mainichi (link below) -

https://mainichi.jp/articles/20210624/k00/00m/040/181000c

Apart from two Uganda team members found to be positive NOW the government is acknowledging that there are four more people who entered Japan as part of Olympics who have been tested positive - France 1 in Feb month, Egypt 1 in Apr, Sri Lanka 1 in May, Ghana 1 in June month - apart from 2 more from Uganda in June month

These six people skipped the mandatory quarantine as special case for Olympic staff

Does anyone have any more doubts that once the deluge of athletes/staff of 90,000 people enter Japan from over 200 countries what is going to happen?

Amazing IOC/TOC/JOC - is this the "safe & secure" Covidympics that are being promised.....

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Should be over 1,000 a day by the time the Germ Warfare Olympics start. Just in time for another crippling lockdown.

Should've postponed these games to Oct or next year.

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Some say the numbers are low, others say they are high, some say the testing rate is low other say is isn't, some say the infection rate is high other claim it isn't.

Who is right?

Well we can't say and by that I don't mean we don't know I mean we cannot say.

As we can see the article never gives any baseline or comparison with other places or countries and us doing that is verboden.

It is like having and article saying beef prices in Japan are high/low but not given any reference point or permitting to look at or compare with other similar countries.

So basically useless information.

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And, positivity rate still very high.

Stay home.

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Numbers mean nothing. The IOC has spoken.

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Nipponglory, but not compared with previous results! It just doesn't look good at all!

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Lock the whole place down!!

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very low

Very high comparing to last summer. It was 55 on June 24, 2020 , Olympics were postponed......it's 570 today and it's full steam ahead, funny that.

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" take an unwanted souvenir Olympic variant back with them."

or bring with them a variant, the way the ugandans did.

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very low

6.5% positivity rate, too high

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it boggles the mind when these athletes and staff go back to their respective countries 

Exactly. All we hear from the organisers is 'the athletes will be safe, Japan will be safe' - no mention of what happens when those tens of thousands of folk go back home and take an unwanted souvenir Olympic variant back with them.

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This is getting beyond crazy now - today number again is 118 more than one week prior (as per the link below)

https://omatomesan.com/tokyo-covid19/

Interestingly yesterday number was exactly 118 higher than one week prior too - talk about coincidence?

Also out of last 9 days number reported we see last 8 days the cases are higher than one week prior - clear trend of things starting to escalate?

On top of this worrying trend if you add the great Covidympics into this mix with 90,000 people converging into Tokyo from more than 200 countries over a period of 2 to 3 weeks time in Jul month - get ready for a heady cocktail of variants and further explosion by mid Aug not only within Japan but it boggles the mind when these athletes and staff go back to their respective countries as to what is going to happen….

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very low

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