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Tokyo reports 676 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,631

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 676 new cases of the coronavirus, up 120 from Tuesday.

The number (341 women and 335 men) is the result of 2,101 tests conducted on Jan 31.

By age group, the highest number of cases were in their 20s (129), followed by 105 in their 30s, 96 in their 40s, 81 in their 50s, 68 in their 70s, 56 in their 80s and 53 in their 60s. Sixty-two cases were 20 or younger.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 125, down four from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 897.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 2,631. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Saitama (257), Osaka (244), Kanagawa (234), Chiba (218), Hyogo (120), Fukuoka (119), Aichi (114), Hokkaido (94), Okinawa (60), Gifu (51), Ibaraki (39) and Gunma (39).

The nationwide total of coronavirus-related deaths was 120.

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The cases are never going to stop it means .... travel is never going to end.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

The numbers are staying at lower levels than previous weeks. A good trend. It won't please the doom and gloom merchants on this site who would prefer everyone in Japan had the virus.

-25 ( +14 / -39 )

Shouldn’t the new cases of local transmissions be close to zero after a month of state of emergency? I’ll bet the number of new cases doesn’t change after another month of SOE.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

More than 200 60 or older. Doesn't look good for the level of hospitalizations and deaths. But if you don't contact trace and otherwise impede testing, you just end up testing the sickest people.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

Akula, how about looking at the percentage?

2.101 tests conducted (on a Sunday!) and 676 positive "ones".

That's roughly 30% again.

There is no "good trend" to see. Those numbers are way too high!

13 ( +21 / -8 )

I'm a school teacher. The student the right in front of me was found positive to the PCR test. I asked my boss for PCR test and he said you must be okay if you have worn the mask. This is how the Japanese government trick the people

31 ( +37 / -6 )

Yesterday night, it was on Japanese TV:

From January 8 to February 8, the share of 65+ years old in daily infection count increased from 11% to 25.65% in a weekly average.

It's inconsistent and illogical increase especially during SoE.

There isn't any better proof of selective and repressed testing since the declaration.

21 ( +25 / -4 )

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 676 new cases of the coronavirus and

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 125, down four from Tuesday, 

The trend is going in the right direction. Well done!

-22 ( +6 / -28 )

The student the right in front of me was found positive to the PCR test. I asked my boss for PCR test and he said you must be okay if you have worn the mask. This is how the Japanese government trick the people

As opposed to literally every country in the world, Japan believes that masks are a foolproof way of stopping infections. You could be frenching the infected person, and you would still not be considered a close contact. This is nothing new, it's been like this since day 1.

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Is this consolidated public and private records? I read in Reuters that these reports are only from public health centers and does not include private tests.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Is this consolidated public and private records? I read in Reuters that these reports are only from public health centers and does not include private tests.

I believe only public. There was an article yesterday how they are considering combining public and private. They are aiming for a 2023 introduction of the new system.

Moderator: The story you are referring to is currently in the National section of Japan Today.

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Moderator: The story you are referring to is currently in the National section of Japan Today.

Great, thanks! Sorry, I didn't notice.

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@the Resident! Risk Tisk

As I always say, Japan is doing fabulous and the best country in the whole wide world!

Do not test innocent victims of panic. Waste of time and money. Only test the sick if illnesses represent a Covid syndrome.

-19 ( +5 / -24 )

Its easy to get a private test if your concerned.

And if it was as easy to get infected as some make out, the whole of japan

would have been infected by now

-10 ( +4 / -14 )

That’s on average not even 45 tests per prefecture. What’s going on here? Is the SOE necessary or has the virus suddenly showed mercy and completely disappeared?

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The negligence continues, barely 2,000 tests. They're not taken to task on this either, just follow the lemmings.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

More than 200 60 or older. Doesn't look good for the level of hospitalizations and deaths. But if you don't contact trace and otherwise impede testing, you just end up testing the sickest people.

Which is exactly what Japan has done since the beginning. It worked then. It's possible it might work just enough now before vaccinations begin.

-11 ( +0 / -11 )

I just wonder what's so great about contact tracing, which is the new complaint. It hasn't worked well in ANY country that has implemented it. So please explain the cost benefits of it.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

Numbers on as steep rise again. New record for official deaths in Japan and Tokyo yesterday. Where are all the accolades for the PM and government in beating the disease!

Maybe stopping contact tracing is not enough to keep the numbers low.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Maybe stopping contact tracing is not enough to keep the numbers low.

Contact tracing ?? What contact tracing ?? That's long gone bro. It's every person for themselves now.

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I just wonder what's so great about contact tracing

Nothing, if you don’t do it correctly. Anyway, contact tracing allows direct contacts of the people who “publicly” tested positive to be outright tested. Now that they limited the contact tracing to only the old and vulnerable, those in direct contact with the positives will not be tested, hence will not be included in the numbers. Oh My Graphs.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

2,101 tests LOL

Is it the third world ?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

I just wonder what's so great about contact tracing, which is the new complaint. It hasn't worked well in ANY country that has implemented it. So please explain the cost benefits of it.

I have no idea how well other countries do it but Japan is supposed to be good at it, one of the reasons they were able to keep a handle on things until now.

Retrospective contact tracing is i think what they call it, tracing back the main/original sources of infection and identfying clusters are the main goals

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

32 dead in Tokyo today. No wonder the serious hospitalized cases are going down. Unfortunately, they are not walking out.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

I just wonder what's so great about contact tracing

Google the news re successful contact tracing by Aus and NZ for the answer.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Google the news re successful contact tracing by Aus and NZ for the answer.

So two relatively small countries have successfully implemented contact tracing. But you forgot to mention that they also implemented a total shut down in areas affected. No other countries have been able to do this. So explain to me again why CT is so important?

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

These COVID figures are the greatest work of fiction since vows of fidelity were included in the French marriage service.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

If virus was so deadly and contagious I would have Been hospitalized by now as I have two kids going to school everyday including the commuting to office on train

is this pandemic not affecting Japan?

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

So I think we've seen enough now to be able to say with a high degree of certainty that more and more people are being 'forced' into taking tests at private clinics in order to manipulate the 'official' numbers downwards.

Unfortunately if you look in more depth you can see that the number of 'official' deaths have continued to increase. This clearly doesn't compute with what they are asking us to believe.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

If virus was so deadly and contagious I would have Been hospitalized by now as I have two kids going to school everyday including the commuting to office on train

Maybe you've just got lucky so far.

Maybe you've had it and remained asymptomatic - in which case lucky you.

If you have had it and remained asymptomatic, maybe you passed it on to someone on the train. I wonder what happened to that person? I hope they were as lucky as you.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Unfortunately if you look in more depth you can see that the number of 'official' deaths have continued to increase. This clearly doesn't compute with what they are asking us to believe.

Hopefully, there's a lag between the cases and the deaths. Current deaths must be coming from the surge in positive cases reported in early January. Fingers crossed.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

The deaths should come down soon. If not, we should seriously question the case numbers.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Great Photo! by AP and, ‘Kudos’ to Mr. Koji Sasahara. EVERYONE is wearing a mask correctly over the nose and under the chin. Plus, respecting adequate social distances. Score one for Japan!

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

New record for official deaths in Japan and Tokyo yesterday.

True, but look into their profiles, majority are very old. Some have died at late 80s to 100s, beyond the nation's average. The trend has been consistent since the pandemic outset.

Of 32 dead reported today in Tokyo, 12 at 90s, 14 at 80s, 4 at 70s, and 2 at 60s (no info published about their preexisting conditions). RIP.

新型コロナウイルスに関連した患者の死亡について(第1576報)https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/hodo/saishin/corona1576.html

Notice that more than 3,000 die everyday in Japan; last year Japan's total death toll decreased despite the pandemic.

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Good info @noriahojanen thanks

The last part is the one i particularly want to know.

I was hoping that when all this has passed the total overall deaths during the period we have this pandemic would be less than the overall deaths in the regular years.

However even though that seems to be the case for the last year its troubling that many of those were due to increased cases of unnatural causes like suicides and killing of family members

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

SandyBeachHeaven - Do not test innocent victims of panic. Waste of time and money. Only test the sick if illnesses represent a Covid syndrome

Oh, boy! Sone people just don’t get it, do they? People can carry and spread the virus without symptoms. This is why random testing is important. Only testing those with symptoms is why the virus keeps spreading in Japan. Tokyo should be testing at least 20,000 people a day instead of 2,000. Tokyo will never be rid of this virus with their placid approach to controlling it.

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I'm a school teacher. The student the right in front of me was found positive to the PCR test. I asked my boss for PCR test and he said you must be okay if you have worn the mask. This is how the Japanese government trick the people

from all the stuff I hear from my friends who work in schools, when the students do PE and club activities most don't even bother wearing masks. Schools are a very good place to spread the virus, and until they implement learning from home, I expect the numbers to keep rising

1 ( +3 / -2 )

12,780 tests in Tokyo on January 25 with 1,064 infections.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/28/national/tokyo-covid19-cases-above-1000/

2,101 tests in Tokyo on January 31 with 676 infections.

Clearly infections are dropping.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Great Photo! by AP and, ‘Kudos’ to Mr. Koji Sasahara.  EVERYONE is wearing a mask correctly over the nose and under the chin.Plus, respecting adequate social distances. Score one for Japan!

Because one photo represents the entire country.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Only 2100 tests.... while other countries do 10’000 per day...

So it means that if 10’000 tests would be made, with this percentage, roughly 3000 cases only in tokyo....

Good game japan to save the unwanted olympics!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Why don't they ever report the number of recovered? Always fear! FEAR!

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

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