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Tokyo reports 9,699 new cases; nationwide tally 49,854

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported a record high 9,699 new coronavirus cases, up 1,061 from Thursday and up 5,641 from last Friday.

By age group, 2,973 cases were in their 20s, 1,835 in their 30s and 1,333 in their 40s, while 1,078 were aged between 10 and 19, and 880 younger than 10.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 11, up two from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure soared to 414, up 117 from Thursday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 49,854. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (6,254), Kanagawa (3,412), Aichi (3,187), Fukuoka (2,668), Saitama (2,405), Chiba (2,215), Hokkaido (1,644), Hiroshima (1,532), Okinawa (1,236 plus 211 cases among U.S. military personnel), Shizuoka (1,156), Gunma (645), Kumamoto (644), Ibaraki (595), Nara (577), Gifu (577), Okayama (549), Nara (488), Nagasaki (485), Niigata (470), Shiga (445), Nagano (435), Tochigi (350), Miyazaki (339), Mie (325), Yamaguchi (307), Saga (293), Oita (287), Wakayama (275), Ehime (260), Ishikawa (229), Miyagi (217), Shimane (190), Aomori (183), Kagawa (171), Yamanashi (159), and Fukushima (116).

Nine coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

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9.699 new cases, double the amount (at least close) to what it was last week Friday.

400 severe cases (I assume that means ICU), 117 up compared with last Thursday (why not Friday?)

This doesn't look good at all, despite the comments of the deniers.

17 ( +29 / -12 )

117 up compared with last Thursday (why not Friday?)

I think it's a comparison with yesterday, not last week.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

My home country now has every day 130.000 cases...

And the people don't care!

No masks, no social distance, no restrictions...

Why should anybody be worried about 10000 cases in a city of 14.000.000...

-25 ( +12 / -37 )

@Monty,

out of interest, which country is that?

8 ( +18 / -10 )

Over 30% positivity rate based on the link number of about 20,000 tests in Tokyo per day. If you are on the train to work you can assume that either the person on your right or the person on your left has it, or maybe you! Since I have kids in school I cannot avoid it even if I stay home. Omicron say hello to Reckless.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Cue the voices who return with regularity saying: It is just a cold. There are so many more infections in other countries. If you are not obese or immune compromised there is nothing to worry about.

The number of deaths seem to be lowering. But there are many at risk, people are getting sick, and some are having long term consequences.

0 ( +10 / -10 )

Living with the viruses? Come on, you know that this not an option, and not only for bar or restaurant owners who have to surf from one wave top to the next. ZeroCovid and extinguishing the viruses, that’s what is necessary and hasn’t been done for two years now. How long do you think you can stand such doing nothing, LongCovid and other negative effects in education, economy and society as a whole?

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Records keep on breaking every day!!

So what?? It's simple... you get what you give.

Lack of sufficient preparations during the month of the holidays is the result of the number.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

by popular demand,

I'm posting the Test count for visibility:

Total tests in Tokyo on 1/18: 20,407 people.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

The result of incredible selfishness during the holidays.

-1 ( +16 / -17 )

Sadly, there will be more people going to the ICU. Many (but not all) of them could have avoided that with a booster shot. Is anyone surprised that the ministry of health has dropped the ball on this one again? Look at how quickly the U.K. got their booster campaign up and running. Why is Japan always so slow? Always!

9 ( +19 / -10 )

Why is Japan always so slow? Always!

Because Japanese folk are largely reactive, and not proactive.

20 ( +26 / -6 )

This is going to new extremes very rapidly. This was always inevitable.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Is anyone surprised that the ministry of health has dropped the ball on this one again?

This is Japan, so absolutely not surprising they did nothing in the 2 1/2 months of lull we had. It's truly amazing how inept the people who run this country are.

19 ( +24 / -5 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 11, up two from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure soared to 414, up 117 from Thursday.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Remember to get fully vaccinated, 二回

Those fully vaccinated should get booster after 6 months, ブースター

For Those Seeking Vaccination Sites in Japan,

https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/search/

コロナワクチン ナビ

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=en&tl=ja&u=https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/search/

1 ( +8 / -7 )

 nationwide figure soared to 414, up 117 from Thursday.

Surprise, the number of people with serious symptoms is proportional to the number of total infections. What makes the Jgov think that their shoddy health care system that left people dying at home with 2,000 cases a day, will be able to sustain 20,000 a day?

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Zero deaths in Tokyo, those that fear monger, really should look at that. Average age of death is over 80 with various medical issues. No deaths in under 10’s since the pandemic began.

-17 ( +12 / -29 )

You are all wrong, it is Monty of El Alamein. In any case, the virus does not discriminate based on country of origin.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

“Why is Japan always so slow? Always!”

you meant in terms of catching up

with the number of deaths out there?

-8 ( +9 / -17 )

Funny that Tokyo still reports fantasy figures. Like if Tokyo people was a different species compare to elsewhere even in Japan

Tokyo is more than 10 % of population so people in critical conditions should be far more.

Simple maths.

Conclusion : can't trust Japanese figures at all from the start.

13 ( +20 / -7 )

I guess we need to stay out of the ramen shops and izakaya eateries a bit longer.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

The 117 increase in severe case count included over 100 cases in Osaka (which tallied weekly count of severe cases, not daily)

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Zero deaths in Tokyo, those that fear monger, really should look at that. Average age of death is over 80 with various medical issues. No deaths in under 10’s since the pandemic began.

Oh i read the article of people dead at home because of covid without any governemental support & counting.

The full extent of COVID-19 deaths at home remains unclear. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, 141 deaths were recorded as "at home" from January to September this year in its "Health Center Real-time Information-sharing System on COVID-19" database, or HER-SYS.

However, according to sources involved, the actual number is believed to be higher, as workers were sometimes too busy to record that a patient had died at home.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20211108/p2a/00m/0na/034000c

11 ( +13 / -2 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 11, up two

ELEVEN. In a metropolis of 20 million. And we do not know their ages, most likely over 80with comorbities. How long will people go along with charade?
-7 ( +5 / -12 )

Reckless

Over 30% positivity rate based on the link number of about 20,000 tests in Tokyo per day. If you are on the train to work you can assume that either the person on your right or the person on your left has it, or maybe you!

Having it right now, as per PCR test. No symptoms, but I am putting myself under house arrest for a week, following the promise made at the testing station. Silly charade.

Given how infectious and mild this thing is, it safe to assume millions have it right now without knowing.

1 ( +10 / -9 )

Jtsnose

Remember to get fully vaccinated, 二回

Those fully vaccinated should get booster after 6 months, ブースター

What about those who had the virus? Natural immunity has always been considered the best immunity, before this new narrative came along. Also, I had plenty of vaccines in my life, but have never heard of endless "boosters" several times a year.

A "vaccine" used to an artificial infection, stimulating an a natural response, preventing the disease..... not something that at best "lowers the chance of hospitalization for a few months". That sort of thing used to be called a treatment.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

Zero deaths in Tokyo, those that fear monger, really should look at that.

Correct. And in Okinawa, the prefecture with the least vaccinations (64% on two shots), there have been no covid related deaths since November. This is despite their surge in omicron cases.

FYI, I'm all for vaccinations but I think the fact that there have been no deaths here show how pointless this quasi-state of emergency is.

If there is anyone who thinks these restrictions are a good idea, please explain your reasoning.

-13 ( +5 / -18 )

Nine coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

There certainly are more deaths now even though most of the cases are presumably omicron

3 ( +8 / -5 )

If there is anyone who thinks these restrictions are a good idea, please explain your reasoning.

I don't even know the restrictions (measures) being implemented but if they proved to be effective in the past then that's a good reason.

Have they or have they not?

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Restrictions could be a significant factor why zero deaths so would actually be the opposite of pointless.

If theyre lifted and there still are no deaths then probably pointless

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Restrictions could be a significant factor why zero deaths so would actually be the opposite of pointless.

"This rock keeps tigers away"

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

It's beginning to look like these vaccines aren't very good captain.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

I don't get why we even need booster shot. is not like it can prevent the omicron from infecting you anyway. We are already vaccinated which was suppose to prevent us from develop sever symptoms. i say we should just weather it out like any other country.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

It's beginning to look like these vaccines aren't very good captain.

Wrong.

Looks like they are doing a good job keeping lots of people out of the ICU, and the death rate low.

1 ( +10 / -9 )

I don't get why we even need booster shot. is not like it can prevent the omicron from infecting you anyway. We are already vaccinated which was suppose to prevent us from develop sever symptoms. i say we should just weather it out like any other country.

The booster should boost immunity to levels that significantly prevents infection but yes I agree that the double vax already protects us significantly from sever symptoms.

I also agree we should weather this out and the booster makes that less difficult

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Case numbers shouldn't be published anymore either. All it does is wind up those who are prone to anxiety.

A case of coronavirus in Japan in 2022 is not the same as one in 2021.

I don't think it's responsible to declare that this is "a record high" without also saying omicron is significantly less likely to result in death than previous variants.

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

All it does is wind up those who are prone to anxiety.

I see this type of comment here often. It presumes that the writer is cool, calm and getting on with life whilst everyone else is panicking, hysterical and locked in their basements. Rather patronizing and quite far from reality.

People are well aware of the differences between the variants. Give the people the numbers and allow them to decide their own level of anxiety.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Rather patronizing and quite far from reality.

The reality is that this isn't resulting in the kind of deaths we saw from alpha or delta variants.

That's what the numbers indicate both here in Japan and overseas.

You're right, however, when you say I am cool, calm and getting on with life. I hope you are the same also.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

data about covid

I don't see many people on this board discussing the fact that there have been no deaths in Tokyo or in Okinawa from omicron. So allow me to add that to your data related discussions.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

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