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Tokyo reports 736 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,983

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 736 new cases of the coronavirus, up 72 from Friday. The number is the result of 8,727 tests conducted on Dec 16.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 50,890 and the fourth day in a row that infections have topped 600.

By age group, the highest number of cases were people in their 20s (207), followed by 136 in their 30s, 111 in their 40s, 97 in their 50s and 54 in their 60s.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 62, four down from Friday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 2,983. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (315), Osaka (309), Aichi (230), Saitama (226), Fukuoka (134), Hokkaido (132), Chiba (128), Kyoto (81), Hiroshima (79), Okayama (60), Miyagi (47), Gifu (36), Gunma (30) and Shizuoka (30).

Thirty-seven coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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How is Tokyo tracing these new infections? Would any of these people had contact with others or been to any shops, restaurants etc, in the past week? Shouldn't the Tokyo government be alerting people related to or in contact with these new cases to self isolate or be tested?

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Shouldn't the Tokyo government be alerting people related to or in contact with these new cases to self isolate or be tested?

We are way past that. It just seems that the virus is not that lethal in Japan thank ghosh.

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What were the numbers in nursing homes for people aged 70 and above?

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We are way past that. It just seems that the virus is not that lethal in Japan thank ghosh.

Or maybe the Japanese people are just special, right? /s

7 ( +12 / -5 )

We are way past that. It just seems that the virus is not that lethal in Japan thank ghosh.

I don't know. Yesterday there were 48 deaths. So CFR seems about the same, or a little more as everywhere else.

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So, probably (or most definitely) Wednesday's results.

Still those in their 20s have the highest numbers.

And it seems that (even) the Tokyo government can't get this virus under control.

With the upcoming bonenkai season I expect it will become worse.

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And it seems that (even) the Tokyo government can't get this virus under control.

"even"? What is the Tokyo government doing that should get the virus under control, in your opinion? And don't say, "test less", as that's not a measure.

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Wasn't 500 the cut off point

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All of Japan has less deaths than even LA, one city. Japanese by luck or some other reason are doing very well.

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All of Japan has less deaths than even LA, one city. Japanese by luck or some other reason are doing very well.

Using the catastrophe that is the US as a yardstick is not a good idea. Except for a handful of places, just about everywhere has handled this disaster better than the US.

Japan has been impacted by the virus above average on a world scale, below average in the region. Much more work to do before the vaccines start help in 3-6 months.

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"Zoroto",

nope, not less testing, but more testing and also more tracing!

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The number of deaths are up from a couple a day at the start to now in the 30's and 40's a day, of course, this is nothing if you are comparing to other countries like the US and Canada from hundreds to thousands.

Canada got complacent, (I'm Canadian) thinking they were greater than the States with the numbers not as large as the US and poof up went the numbers. Truly, Canada is on track to match the States when you think we do not have the number of people as the States and where the land mass is greater truly shameful.

Okay, back here to Japan, clearly the 20 and 30 plus something they believe they are exempt from the COVID based on the numbers, and since this is the age group that likes to go out and party you do not think the number are cases are not higher. You bet, just that there is not enough testing being done, and so, we are all at a high risk of getting the COVID until the testing is up.

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@tamanegi

How is Tokyo tracing these new infections? 

Should you work inside the same office with an infected person, authorities will request you to isolate but you will not get tested just based on that.

You will only get tested if you had any “unmasked” risky contact with that person.

I have heard too many of these office clusters lately, that is why the 700’s / 800’s number sounds unrealistic to me for Tokyo.

In simple words, contact tracing is a weak concept around here and the authorities are not considering airborne transmission.

Stay safe and do your best to avoid getting infected, now more than ever. It is spreading at an alarming rate and nothing is being done to slow it down.

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All of Japan has less deaths than even LA, one city. Japanese by luck or some other reason are doing very well.

Look at the charts for countries of 2000-3000 reported cases a day. Japan is not doing any better than anybody else, actually worse.

Of course, the cases are under-reported for the lack of testing, and so are deaths (for the lack of postmortems).

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Well I compare Japan to my country so it is doing excellent. Very proud of how they are handling it.

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Even if, " only " about 50 deaths a day, which I think is an understatement, that does mean we are at a rate of 18 000 + on year basis.  And daily deaths are rising as are the cases. That is inevitable.

Japanese government has never really done much, less than in most countries except the US, but as the people have mostly, worn masks, that has been most likely one of the big differences. 

As for vaccinations, as I said, I think the priority line is wrong.  Of course all medical workers and first line workers first, but then it should be those in their 20's and 30's as they show the least restraint and highest infection rates, and as they move about most, they infect the other age categories more, so they should be 2nd in line

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Very proud of how 

How?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Why vaccinate the elderly and dementia patients?

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Why keep reporting this? Trying to spread gear amog the foreign community? It's pointless IMO, the fearful will remain fearful and the careless will remain careless. No side will change.

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we are all at a high risk of getting the COVID until the testing is up.

Do you really think that increased testing will significantly reduce risk?

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Do you really think that increased testing will significantly reduce risk?

Of course. It would scare the stupid ignorant people into taking the situation seriously.

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I'm all for increased testing. I see the value in knowing the realm situation. But if you think it will magically reduce your risk of getting covid you're an idiot.

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As for vaccinations, as I said, I think the priority line is wrong. Of course all medical workers and first line workers first, but then it should be those in their 20's and 30's as they show the least restraint and highest infection rates, and as they move about most, they infect the other age categories more, so they should be 2nd in line

Sounds reasonable unfortunately underlying assumption is unwarranted.

It's still possible for those vaccinatedto spread the virus and infect others

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Too many salarymen not wearing coats and then getting colds and then snottering into their masks and taking them off and wiping their noses on the train.

I was witness to such a horrific sight on Thursday...

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I was witness to such a horrific sight on Thursday...

At the izakaya again?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Why vaccinate the elderly and dementia patients?

Humanity aside, keep them out of ICU maybe? Costly to treat, that kind of thing? You might need one of those units yourself but you won't get it if it's already full.

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Updated data on people hospitalized with coronavirus. In Tokyo Prefecture.

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

Number of hospitalized patients 2,134 persons

Statistics for December 19(Day-over-day change: +80 persons)

4 ( +4 / -0 )

How is Tokyo tracing these new infections? Would any of these people had contact with others or been to any shops, restaurants etc, in the past week? Shouldn't the Tokyo government be alerting people related to or in contact with these new cases to self isolate or be tested?

They not only alert, but test anyone in contact. My co-worker's whole family was tested because his daughter was in contact with someone who had the virus. He's in Kansai, but I'm assuming it's the same thing in Tokyo..

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Interesting study today came out.

Those who had received the bgm vaccine were 20 times less likely to have severe symptoms.

Good news for Japan and could explain a lot about why deaths and hospitalization rates are so different in different countries

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Just what is the point of this kind of reporting whether in Japan or elsewhere in the World regarding the numbers?????? Other than creating hysteria and making something go from the frying pan into the fire, is any benefit REALLY going to come out of reporting all of this regarding the numbers?????

I feel like this is fear mongering to allow the public to accept more restrictions. I really feel sorry for small businesses, theater, restaurant, and other businesses effected. I also understand a large arcade in Akihabara recently closed. Extremely sad.

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Carpslidy,

I read the same study. Also, BCG vaccine started being administered in Japan from the year 1951. (Ken Shimura was born in 1950, one year before...) Meaning people over age 70 here (and non-vaccinated foreigners)should be at high risk if the study about BCG being effective against corona is true.I was surprised to hear Ireland still requires BCG whereas UK doesn’t, compared the death rates of both countries and looks like promising data.

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I dont see a pademic do you? Let me know if you hear abulances all day long where people are being rushed to the ER day by day.

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I dont see a pademic do you? Let me know if you hear abulances all day long where people are being rushed to the ER day by day.

Tough read.

Those who had received the bgm vaccine were 20 times less likely to have severe symptoms.

Such important findings deserve a link surely

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/e1c268d60ec9ef7792bf59828badfb101ccda78e

@ clipeptyClop

Here's the link in Japanese,

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@carpslidy

Appreciated, will have a butchers

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The rate of positive tests in Japan is alarming. It is 6.2%, similar to the UK, and twice as high as South Korea on December 16 (7-days moving average). WTO recommends below 5%.

https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/positive-rate-daily-smoothed?tab=chart&time=earliest..latest&country=DEU~JPN~KOR~TWN~GBR~USA

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Just what is the point of this kind of reporting whether in Japan or elsewhere in the World regarding the numbers?????? Other than creating hysteria and making something go from the frying pan into the fire, is any benefit REALLY going to come out of reporting all of this regarding the numbers?????

Yes, it lets people know that there is a very real pandemic out there, that people are very getting sick from, and very dying from. Look how many people question whether there is even a pandemic WITH this reporting.

I feel like this is fear mongering to allow the public to accept more restrictions.

Oh god, more people who can't use an ounce of brainpower to reason this out.

Can you imagine the number of people that would be required to keep such a conspiracy secret? There would have to have NO whistleblowers in any of the scientists, government, or media, in multiple countries around the world. You'd have to be a moron to think that an evil cabal to control the world would have that many people involved in it, and that no one else would accidentally find out about it, or break the secret.

Some people are too stupid to realize just how ridiculous the idea of this conspiracy theory is.

I'm starting to realize that intelligence isn't how much you know, it's the ability to recognize that you don't know that much, and that other people know a lot more.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

how many days left for all the Tokyo residents to get infected?

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