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Tokyo reports 8,540 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 55,294

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 8,540 new coronavirus cases, up 287 from Wednesday and down 213 from last Thursday.

By age group, 1,689 cases were in their 20s, 1,645 in their 30s and 1,321 in their 40s, while 1,107 were aged between 10 and 19, and 1,370 younger than 10.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 21, down two from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 467, down one from Wednesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 55,294. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (4,314), Saitama (3,863), Kanagawa (3,739), Chiba (2,976), Aichi (2,933), Hokkaido (2,768), Fukuoka (2,755), Hyogo (2,169), Okinawa (1,426), Ibaraki (1,273), Hiroshima (1,144), Kyoto (1,108), Shizuoka (1,010), Nagano (868), Niigata (814), Okayama (806), Kumamoto (743), Fukushima (732), Gifu (691), Gunma (555), Saga (535), Shiga (464), Oita (456), Nagasaki (449), Iwate (432), Aomori (430), Kagawa (387), Ishikawa (374), Akita (357), Ehime (340), Yamagata (277), Yamaguchi (265), Fukui (213), Yamanashi (204) and Kochi (180).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 52.

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Thousands of cases daily, and yet only 21 infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo. Time to move on...

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Steven

Unfortunately death is part of life, it happens every second of every day. Omicron is the mildest variant, that is why despite high case numbers hospitalizations and deaths are low. It’s highly contagious so affected more people than previous variants, this doesn’t mean it’s the deadliest.

Nobody on a ventilator is good, but that’s what happens during a global pandemic. Let’s be grateful the variant is so mild and provides great immunity, far exceeding the boosters, designed for the previous variants and are almost ineffective after 4 weeks.

Heres an example, Ebola strikes tomorrow, 100 people are infected 80 die. This is far less than have died demo Omicron, so with your mindset Ebola is milder than Covid.

The healthcare systems are not overstretched. The majority have not been boosted, you are one of the minority if you have.

You are incorrect, SOE’s have ended unless a far deadlier variant appears on the scene, Omicron won’t cause that.

Helping businesses is essential and must be encouraged to ensure the economy flourishes.

Every second of our lives there is a risk, however the vast majority are prepared to live as normal without fear after accessing the risks from Omicron.

5 ( +19 / -14 )

Even the most die hard doomsday guys must see that life has to continue as normal now. Weather is getting better, time to focus on what’s important in life, not on something that is highly unlikely to effect your life.

But earlier today…

World is in turmoil, anything can change anytime. No longer in a world with any stability, this century has been chaos so far and doesn’t look likely to change any time soon.

Which is it to be? Normality or turmoil? Very ‘queer’ posts, as often noted here.

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Steven McCarthy I would point out to you that most of the spread right now is resulting from young children getting it at school and infecting their parents at home.

nothing to do with bars and restaurants. So much for your speculation about the irresponsible minority. Also here in Tokyo I don’t know of any Covid hotels now. That was years ago mate.

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The trend is confusing to say the least.

It's good to see a relatively low number of serious cases, but taking precautions like wearing a mask, hand disinfection, avoiding crowded spaces and getting the booster shot doesn't make you a doomer. It's just a reasonable thing to do, whether you are at higher risk of developing serious symptoms or not. I mean, I wear a seatbelt when in a car and indicate when I turn or change lanes. Does that make me permanently scared whenever I'm in a vehicle?

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Omicron is the mildest variant, that is why despite high case numbers hospitalizations and deaths are low. It’s highly contagious so affected more people than previous variants, this doesn’t mean it’s the deadliest.

It seems to be difficult for some on here to understand the maths, but a less infectious, but highly virulent strain will overall severely damage and kill fewer people than a much more infectious but less virulent strain. Suppose X% (less virulent) in say 1,000,000 die of the disease. e.g. one of the Omicron strains. That is a way higher number than 10x X% in 1,000 who die of a much more virulent strain e.g. Delta. That is the meaning of deadly being used here - it means it kills more people overall, even though the vast majority of those infected are getting milder symptoms.

To see this in action in Japan, just check the new cases and the deaths graphs on Worldometers across the first six waves of the pandemic:

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/japan/

It clearly shows that overall deaths from the sixth wave have been way higher.

For a measured evaluation of the challenges currently facing societies with how to respond to this stage of the pandemic, this article by Devi Sridhar, a global public health expert, is very comprehensive:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/12/herd-immunity-covid-reinfection-virus-world

It recognises people's desire to get out and socialise, but suggests ways forward that are not irresponsible and don't give up on controlling the spread of the virus.

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Okinawa numbers still very high. No subways in that prefecture. Makes one wonder where those transmissions of infections are taking place.

23 days in a row with increases over the previous week. Per 100,000 /612 vs 380 for Tokyo.

Something like over half the cases are untraceable, and the rest are in the work place, family, health facilities (with a number of clusters), schools, drinking establishments.

With the sudden jump over the past three weeks, it's just about 10% of the entire population of the prefecture, 1.4 million, that have tested positive at close to 140,000 total, which will cover over, if it stays at the same pace, tomorrow.

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@Peter Neil

Are people dying due to COVID or with COVID?

There is a difference.

Also, the virus has mutated and is no longer (from what I see and have experienced) the debilitating disease that it was.

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Even the most die hard doomsday guys must see that life has to continue as normal now. Weather is getting better, time to focus on what’s important in life, not on something that is highly unlikely to effect your life.

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Even after the pandemic is over and numbers are down. nobody is reporting long Covid numbers. It is estimated basically half those that develop Covid have additional debilitating symptoms for months weeks or even years. yes there are some that have not recovered fully since the beginning of the pandemic. Stay safe wear a mask and social distance. This is not just a flu Even if it is a flu for you it may not be a flu for your friends your family members or your colleagues.

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Painkiller

I think, and stated the same; it is not too much to ask of our fellow citizens.

“two weeks to flatten the curve” was not too much to ask…. going on three years now so screw that.

“indefinitely” yes, it is too much to ask.

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falseflagsteveApr. 14  05:07 pm JST

Even the most die hard doomsday guys must see that life has to continue as normal now. Weather is getting better, time to focus on what’s important in life, not on something that is highly unlikely to effect your life.

Two weeks ago, 386 people died from Covid in the state I’m in, and 455 died the week before.

Yes, everything is normal.

I’m old and the outlier wearing a mask in stores. A yahoo got in my face last week and asked why I was wearing it. I told him that I wear it to remind people to mind their own damn business.

Oh, the verb is affect, not effect.

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Thousands of cases daily, and yet only 21 infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo. Time to move on

Those are thousands of cases in spite of people taking care and living differently. Saying it is time to move on is like getting hit for the third time with a brick on the head and saying "it is time to let go of the helmets"

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Up again...

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Thousands of cases daily, and yet only 21 infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo. Time to move on

Those are thousands of cases in spite of people taking care and living differently.

My point is that thousands of confirmed cases daily (and much higher actual infection numbers) only 21 people are in hospital with severe symptoms. So only a tiny fracture of infections results in severe illness. Severe cases are probably older people with other health issues. If healthy people move on with normal life, cases would increase conferring robust, broad, and long lasting immunity while only slightly increase severe cases.

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falseflagsteveToday  06:35 pm JST

Mk key disputes the deaths from Omicron compared to other variants, however it is incorrect to call it more deadly.

If deadly according to as_the_crow_fliesToday  06:17 pm JST means- it kills more people overall, even though the vast majority of those infected are getting milder symptoms.

And if Omicron kills more people than Delta, then how is it incorrect to call Omicron more deadly (in comparison to deadly)?

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 21, down two from Wednesday, health officials said.

I don't want to be one of those hospitalized,

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Looking forward to less restrictions and getting my friends in from overseas for some celebrations, hopefully by summer this year. With the restrictions eased on over 100 counties, work and student visas have begun to be processed again to come into Japan and more normality is on the way just like the rest of the world - nice to see.

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Painkiller

You’ve as much chance of being infected by a vaccinated person as unvaccinated with Omicron. Many believed they were immune by having vaccinations and were super spreaders.

Im not going to judge anyone on their decisions about how to conduct their lives. I take some precautions, quite happy to take none at all actually.

The majority of the world are now living like before, mostly maskless, mostly without social distancing.

We need normality and the ability to socialize, especially for the children.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Okinawa numbers still very high. No subways in that prefecture. Makes one wonder where those transmissions of infections are taking place.

falseflagsteveToday  05:07 pm JST

Even the most die hard doomsday guys must see that life has to continue as normal now. Weather is getting better, time to focus on what’s important in life, not on something that is highly unlikely to effect your life.

It is important in life to not get infected by this coronavirus. Living with Covid 19 is the normal part of life now.

There are such minimal precautions to take to protect oneself from what can be a life-threatening or life changing illness.

Why spend so much time worrying about putting on a mask? We get dressed everyday to go out, don't we? Why get frustrated at not being able to go to crowded, poorly ventilated bars or restaurants? Haven't we established a close community among friends or family, who are responsible enough to take minor protections to protect their and others' health?

This is the new normal. No need to have such a doomsday outlook about it.

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Every time I red the number I have to ask "Is that good or bad?" It looks like Japan has done a very good job of handling the pandemic. Congratulations on keeping the numbers down.

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Weather is getting better, time to focus on what’s important in life, not on something that is highly unlikely to effect your life.

My friend lost three siblings in this pandemic. Tell this to him.

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Northern…. Let’s deal …. All this whining about restrictions, opening up, the borders…, I have asked near daily precisely what people like you mean …. Exactly…. And y’all always run from the question …. I could answer your question….. refuse to mitigate Covid. Exhibiting reckless, dangerous, careless behaviors for yourself and all of those around you. The word “you” may or may not apply directly to you personally. There’s still that 20% of science denying cultists that refuse to get vaccinated. Making up patently false reasons not to. Those that can’t live without going to the bar…. A restaurant…. Won’t wear a mask when most appropriate….

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My deepest sympathy to the good people of Kumamoto.

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@FFS…. My bad …. I forgot one of your questions…. Yes … we received the 500,000¥ the jgov gave us ! We also collected $22,800 USD from the US govt in stimulus payments :)! Our employer just gave us teachers an additional bonus on top of the July and December bonuses as well. And for extra measures, the city just gave teachers another bonus ! I’ve been on the same job for 11yrs too! So mine and my wife’s was extra special ! Thanks for asking.

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well done J gov I take my hat off to you for keeping those numbers at zeroish, thank god the borders are closed coz the virus only spreads from arrivals into Japan . Now he wants to let in family members ( visa needed) Don’t worry my infected family ain’t coming, I’m going to Australia for July and August so enjoy your summer here and keep those masks on during summer ok!

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

Living …. As in being alive is the most important thing to focus on! Can’t enjoy life, move on if you’re dead . Only 21 people on a ventilator in one city from Covid I suppose is good . What about the hundreds of thousands of other people who are hospitalized, in a hotel , or worse…. Home potentially infecting their family members with the most deadly variant of Covid in Japan to date. It’s time for the “die hard” minority to join the majority and do everything they as the minority can do to catch up and responsibly help the vast majority get this virus behind us . GET VACCINATED! Reduce your chances of being a burden on the overstretched healthcare system. Mask up ! Stop the spread of Covid and the virus of patently false information. With these steady numbers, I would think the minority who falsely preach on and on about helping businesses who want to do their each and individual parts to avoid the inevitable SOE coming to a city near you .

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