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Tokyo reports 782 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,091

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 782 new coronavirus cases, down 49 from Thursday and 460 down from last Friday. It is the 26th straight day that the daily figure has been lower than the same day of the previous week.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 945.7.

People in their 20s (190 cases) and their 30s (144) accounted for the highest numbers, while 163 cases were aged under 20.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was 179, down three from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,615, down 128 from Thursday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 5,091. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (785), Aichi (581), Kanagawa (547), Saitama (348), Hyogo (268), Chiba (246), Okinawa (185), Fukuoka (161), Kyoto (121), Ibaraki (107), Shizuoka (105), Hokkaido (84), Hiroshima (83) and Gifu (72).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 64.

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Decreasing further and further.

Looking good so far ....

... but as always I ask for the test count.

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Excellent

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klausdorthToday  05:05 pm JST

... but as always I ask for the test count.

Does it really matter ?

The positivity rate is between 12 and 13% with around 10,000 daily tests (average on a week).

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12 and 13%

That shows there is not enough testing. WHO's recommendation is to test to get it under 5% positivity rate.

My company closed the office again, and now stuck at home again :( The main reason given was the low amount of testing.

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@Zoroto

I agree, with so low testing, Japan does not know the real situation. Even with the medical system being out of limit, they do not care at all for real prevention. Nothing is set up to deal with the next wave, poor country leadership.

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I would refuse to be randomly tested just because people want to balance stat numbers.

Test the sick and not the healthy.

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ShinkansenCaboose Today  05:37 pm JST

I would refuse to be randomly tested just because people want to balance stat numbers.

Test the sick and not the healthy.

No country is making random tests, what are you talking about ?

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It's good to see the numbers dropping in Tokyo, but I wonder if it shall continue. The worry is the numbers under 30 who are being tested positive. They still are representing just over 45% of today's statistics.

Can someone please advise me on how to look back on previous days here in Japan Today?

I have searched other sites but the figures do not correspond correctly.

Have a great and safe weekend.

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I agree with the 5% target rate for testing on Covid-19 that other commenters already named.

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Can someone please advise me on how to look back on previous days here in Japan Today?

Maybe browse your comment history and look at the article at the articles your comments are in if they still exist.

Or you can look at the source that toyokeizai site is using, the site that JT uses in turn as source for covid stats

> https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/covid-19/open-data.html

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No country is making random tests, what are you talking about ?

I think some are under the impression that mass testing means suddenly being pulled out of their crocs in the aisles of Costco and having a swab inserted. Absolutely hysterical.

Anyway, more encouraging news with the lower hospitalizations around the country. Let’s see how the death figures pan out over the next few weeks.

Cautiously optimistic.

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Only 25 deaths declared today for Tokyo.

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Science may be viewed as the pursuit of knowledge to understand phenomenon. I feel the mistake everyone makes is any assumption that what the Japanese government is doing is scientific. In reality, this country is running a glorified PR campaign, much like how Trump was in America last year. It's not designed to find out who is infected or where the clusters are coming from, it's about making Japan - and those in power - look good any way possible.

The fact that Japan hasn't seen an explosion of hospitalizations or deaths on the magnitude of other major countries has worked in favor of this agenda, for it absolves those in charge from facing bad press or global criticism and condemnation. In no way was it a coincidence that Tokyo never "found" 6000 cases in a single day during this wave. It's not that it couldn't, or that the cases weren't there. By creating higher eligibility thresholds for free testing by which it could reject people on the grounds of not being "sick enough" and making others pay 30,000 Yen+ for private tests, victory was achieved.

So while the government can now go on a victory lap and say how wonderful it has done to stop the virus and look to the future with "dynamic new PM candidates", people have died, people continue to die, people are dying at home, countless businesses have been lost forever, people's lives have been ruined, stores are gone...misery for so many but none to be had by any in control. The only group that seems totally unaffected by any of this is the ruling class. All of this and yet still the government doesn't have the integrity to test like other developed countries for an accurate picture.

It's confusing to say the least. If hospitalizations are going down, the victory narrative wouldn't change even if there were 10X more cases discovered per day. In fact, finding more cases would actually help the government's so-called "priority" of making sure people continue to take the virus seriously. Only 700 new positives after going days and days with 5500? It's a drop in the bucket, who cares. But if there were still 5500 per day now, some might realize danger is still out there, and with that, seek vaccination for those who have yet to. Instead you have what is likely to be a major drop in vaccinations and a potential spike in infections as Autumn progresses, because no one cares anymore.

If you ask me, the real disease here is that of a sick, decaying political party system. One - the LDP - has unchecked, absolute control over this county, the others being so weak and feeble that none dare say anything to rock the boat in fear of losing even more relevancy. Imagine if there was a group demanding accountability for the low testing and the mistakes made with vaccine distribution. The LDP would crush it with rhetoric about how it "defended Japan against the worst" of the virus and "had a successful pandemic Olympic event". So no one speaks, least of all the Japanese people who seem sadly totally unwilling to hold their leaders accountable or actually speak out against them.

I must say as a foreigner looking at all of this from an "outside" perspective, it's really sad.

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I would refuse to be randomly tested just because people want to balance stat numbers.

Test the sick and not the healthy.

Its not about random testing, its about making testing available for people who want or need it. The testing system they have now is clearly designed to make it as difficult as possible to get tested as a deliberate way of limiting the number of tests done. Its outrageous.

Also, its not just the sick who need testing, people who may have been exposed and want to know if they are infected should have access too.

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Is it really (still?) hard to get tested?

It seems nobody has complainedof that for a long time now (or maybe I just missed it)

What I've just been seeing is the same regurgitated beliefs from more than a year ago.

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Also, its not just the sick who need testing, people who may have been exposed and want to know if they are infected should have access too.

Look at Patrick Harlan, the well-known gai-tarento. He was on the news and said that in a period of one week, him, his wife and 2 kids were tested positive.

Do you think if this was the average Salaryman Taro-san the whole family would be tested? Of course not. Taro san would be taking the train from Saitama to Tokyo to sit at his desk hankoing documents all day long while sick.

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Foreigner

Do you have any evidence that the government is deliberately keeping numbers down to look good?

I would say the fact that deaths have been low compared to Western countries that implemented lockdowns mean their policies were rather successful. Most of us have carried on life as normal, hopefully the minority can start soon and small businesses can prosper.

ian

Easy to get tests here for under 3000, I’ve seen a few times free testing in Osaka and once in Fukuoka when I took a trip.

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Foreigner In Tokyo

I must say as a foreigner looking at all of this from an "outside" perspective, it's really sad.

Thank you for your words, I feel exactly the same. Good analysis of the situation.

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rainyday Today  06:02 pm JST

Its not about random testing, its about making testing available for people who want or need it. The testing system they have now is clearly designed to make it as difficult as possible to get tested as a deliberate way of limiting the number of tests done. Its outrageous.

Also, its not just the sick who need testing, people who may have been exposed and want to know if they are infected should have access too.

Exactly. And people who does not (want to) understand that and simply hopeless.

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Easy to get tests here for under 3000, I’ve seen a few times free testing in Osaka and once in Fukuoka when I took a trip.

That is why I'm asking.

Tests are covered by insurance doctors will order them if they assess possible coronavirus infection.

Lots of testing centers too

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ian

Part fo the continued fear mongering I guess, it’s relentless and tiresome.

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Even the lady poster here who thought of donating blood long time ago just to get tested have posted recently that she just tested twice.

(Don't wanna drop names anymore)

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Cautiously optimistic. seems to be the most reasonable observation & sensible assessment of this week’s “numbers”. In the meantime, wear masks in public, wash hands frequently and curb the need to just be selfish. - We all want this to end as soon as possible.

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Part fo the continued fear mongering I guess, it’s relentless and tiresome

I don't think it's fear mongering for many, just fear.

What the minds spouts are downright comical as a result.

Just some where above someone puts forth some imaginary high case numbers, even using the word suppose to make it clear

And then proceeded to question if it's not criminal negligence or something not to address that imaginary number.

Ludicrous

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Foreigner in Tokyo

Thank you very much for your great contribution. I fully agree with you.

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Enough of this hand wringing nonsense.

open the bars up. It’s time to get back to normal.

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Do you have any evidence that the government is deliberately keeping numbers down to look good?

Well, yes. How many tests are being conducted each day? If you have 10,000 or so now in Tokyo - a city of 14,000,000 - is that really a good sample size? At the moment, the test results are returning around 800 - 1000 per day. Assuming that positivity rate would remain constant, if testing were to be increased tenfold, that would mean roughly 8,000-10,000 positives per day. You can see the problem; the wave has supposedly peaked, yet the infections would actually be paradoxically higher than at the height of said peak.

How does any of this benefit public health? It doesn't. When people see high numbers, they take things more seriously. When people see low numbers they lower their guard and resume normalcy. If the government is bold enough to declare the worst of wave 5 over, it should at least have scientifically valid data to support it. Testing a small group of individuals who suspect they are infected is basically a control group. We need a variable group, i.e. people selected from the population at random. So who then benefits from the above scenario? The government. The same government that has a very unfavorable approval rating and that is soon facing a national election.

Keep in mind I am not necessarily accusing the government of an evil conspiracy. I repeatedly use the word "negligence". Of course there may very well be some in power intentionally doing this, but I am far more likely to believe it's just Japan being Japan, and more specifically old people who think they know what's best and what's right because of their seniority, and won't listen to any reason or logic contrary to their own. Just imagine a 30-year old female epidemiologist trying to convince a 67-year old male politician or bureaucrat about why mass testing is important.

I would say the fact that deaths have been low compared to Western countries that implemented lockdowns mean their policies were rather successful. Most of us have carried on life as normal, hopefully the minority can start soon and small businesses can prosper.

I agree and have never been in favor of these pointless SOEs. Enough people here seem to be personally responsible enough to take preventative measures into their own hands (usually when the case numbers get high) that the SOEs just seek to punish. So it's OK that someone can take a packed train from Chichibu to Shonan for hours each day with thousands of people, but somehow going to a bar after work with maybe 20 people is not. These SOEs have basically tried to punish society and make people's lives devoid of any fun as an incentive to comply.

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I would say the fact that deaths have been low compared to Western countries that implemented lockdowns mean their policies were rather successful. 

Policies my eye.

People in Japan wear masks without needing to be told to and without kicking up a fuss about freedumbs and lack of oxygen, they don’t shake hands so much or go around hugging all and sundry.

The virus had/has a harder time spreading here mostly because of social customs, not political policies. The GoToSpread the virus campaigns, the decision to hold a major international sporting event come what may, the decision to cut train services, close restaurants early, etc., etc., were moronic and led directly to every single spike Japan has experienced.

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Foreigner in Tokyo: You want random testing. Sorry. No can do. I am healthy.

Random testing opens up a dangerous can of worms. Sort of like being forced to give blood so they can check you for a wide variety of issues they think you might have!

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Foreigner

Trains have to be packed, the economy needs to keep on. Easy to find bars open anyway, there’s places down the road from me open until 4am, openly advertising the fact. I’ve carried on life almost as normal, whilst taking sensible precautions of course

Cleo

The government policies would have been made predicting the way Japanese behave. They have the Covid facts, most in danger are elderly who will wear masks and the obese who are a small minority. They know physical contact is not the same as in the West and know how people will comply with mask wearing. The low deaths without using lockdowns and draconian measures show the policies to have been effective.

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Trains have to be packed, the economy needs to keep on. Easy to find bars open anyway, there’s places down the road from me open until 4am, openly advertising the fact. I’ve carried on life almost as normal, whilst taking sensible precautions of course

Ah it seems a rare time where we agree. I'm just pointing out how the government seems to lack the ability to rationalize how contradictory the situation is. Commuting = OK but alcohol after 8 = ダメ.

From my personal observation, the real cause for the decrease in COVID cases is that (at least) Tokyo depopulated after the infections ramped up shortly after the Olympics. Rewind back to August and I would see crowding everywhere. At times it was almost pre-pandemic level. Then the spike started building and you could literally notice, day by day, how fewer and fewer people were out and about. It never decreased to the emptiness seen in May 2020, but it was clearly noticeable.

The reason I keep harping about testing is because I don't want to see a return to August cases the second people decide it's "all clear" to go back to August crowds. If there legitimately are 1000-odd cases per day, then it's good, but like I keep saying if testing was 100,000 per day and there were 10,000 positives, that would be a major cause for concern, and all the more if there is still the 10,000 but no testing to show it.

People need to be sensible about how they go back to normal, and while a lot of adults (and especially the elderly) have been all along, the delta wave was largely driven by the young. True many of them were unvaccinated, but these were also the people who you could see everywhere, often maskless and/or shouting and drinking and totally oblivious to the virus. I see no reason these same groups won't go back to the same behavior, and even being vaccinated they can still get infected, spread to the virus, and perpetuate an endless cycle. If the reports from Israel are consistent about Pfizer vaccines becoming less effective after 6 months, the elderly who were injected back in April and May need to get boosters ASAP to prevent a potential wave there.

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Maybe browse your comment history and look at the article at the articles your comments are in if they still exist.

Thank you Ian for that info, and will try when back on PC again.

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Just click on the red “National” tab, sir @LeightonRutt 5:46pm. …Or, just click on ‘the little magnifying glass’ for “Search”, then type in just “Tokyo reports…”. Looks like these daily numbers are only stored & kept for about a week, or so. As @Ian suggested, YOUR “comment history” is probably Your best source of Your on personal stats.

“Thanks” for your positivity and, “Keep Up” your DAILY, good work @LeightonRutt. - It’s a ‘fresh’ perspective from the mundane and appreciated by many, especially if it’s the first or second observation of the day. - “Best Wishes in all your endeavors.”
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