People wait in line to buy lunch in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photo: AP/Koji Sasahara
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Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 925 new coronavirus cases, the result of 7,942 tests conducted on April 25, up 97 from Tuesday. It is the highest figure for Tokyo since Jan 28.

Osaka again topped the nation's tally with a record daily high 1,260 cases, surpassing the previous high of 1,242 on April 21.

In Tokyo, people in their 20s (255 cases) and their 30s (176) accounted for the highest numbers, while 127 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 53, down two from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 953, up 37 from Tuesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 5,780. After Osaka and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Hyogo (600), Fukuoka (440), Aichi (323), Kanagawa (257), Saitama (224), Hokkaido (219), Chiba (144), Kyoto (140), Nara (104), Okayama (87), Ibaraki (70), Gunma (64), Okinawa (63), Hiroshima (60), Mie (60), Gifu (56), Kumamoto (55), Shiga (45), Fukushima (43), Miyagi (42), Nagano (42) and Ehime (38).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 48 as of 6:30 p.m.

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Nice photo to illustrate some problems !

11 ( +18 / -7 )

If its like this now, I shudder to think about the numbers after GW. My guess: expect 4 digit numbers from here on in.

18 ( +26 / -8 )

Yup, must be nice in the sun, mask-less, enjoying some outdoor food!

Virus has been and still is increasing everywhere. Ehime recorded 38 (official count) new cases today, 6 of which are in "my area". One more day until Golden Week starts. Let's see what it looks like (the virus count) in 2 weeks from now.

6 ( +13 / -7 )

This, unfortunately, was expected.

As everyone knows, a one-day drop does not a trend make. We’re only about halfway to the fourth wave peak. Still, another month or so of pre-planning meetings, planning meetings and real meetings by the decision makers, so we all have to take care of ourselves.

I feel fortunate, though, that I’m still able to go about my daily life here in Japan in relative safety with no stress. Please give a thought to the people who aren’t.

O/T (as of this moment, so be patient and wait a few hours) but the Osaka numbers probably won’t be gloriously promising, either.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Closing in on 1000 again. Koike must be so proud. Wait. She is not paying attention because she is getting ready for those "#($! Olympics

29 ( +34 / -5 )

These are the numbers from Sunday - 2074 tests, 46% positive. Data from link in the article.

29 ( +31 / -2 )

I thought the people were standing under an airplane wing at first.

That girl without a mask looks like she is holding a flask, so that is acceptable.

The numbers are creeping up and that is to be expected.

Ran down to Sagamiono and Machida today, and actually the places were pretty empty. So, it appears that people are listening to the suggestions on matters of the conditions to talk about and analyze the situation to decide when to decide on where they might issue shots.

By the way, Yamato City in kanagawa-ken put out a notice today. The elderly will recieve post cards sometime in May. During late June they can begin registering online. They broke down the ages of who gets a post card fiirst. The very elderly top the list. Going to city hall is not an option to register. Has to be done online or with a phone call. They also posted in Japanese but with kana over all kanji for gaijin the phone number to call. One phone number for about 50,000 people. Congratulations Yamato City.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

If these figures take three days to percolate through to the public realm, that would mean these are the result of tests carried out last weekend. So what are we talking - 5,000 tests carried out in Tokyo?

That's pretty close to 20% positivity.

But never mind - just don't have any fun for GW, then pack on your commuter trains immediately afterwards and everything will be fine, citizens.

Let's Heartful Olympic!

18 ( +21 / -3 )

6 customers lined up in the photo - 2 not wearing masks correctly.

Gee, I wonder why we're still getting new cases?

4 ( +14 / -10 )

I was hoping to go to Japan in October/November - just asked if I can rebook for next year... no way will Japan be ready for foreign tourists by the autumn

24 ( +26 / -2 )

6 customers lined up in the photo - 2 not wearing masks correctly.

And where’s your problem with that? The four with masks breath out only a few viruses, that amount is halved and breathed in by the two without masks, so it’s very low and no infection. And the two without masks breath fully out, but that amount is breathed in by four people with masks, therefore filtered and halved and also not infectious. And the whole model plays outside, not in a closed room, so the concentrations are even much lower. Everything’s fine, just enjoy your lunchtime and don’t worry 24/7....lol The problems arise afterwards when they are all back in their office or commuter trains.

-11 ( +8 / -19 )

Government and stubborn, inflexible companies/workers have brought this upon themselves to be sadly honest.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

@Derek Grebe.

The photo and the people are just fine.

If you wanna lay blame start with the packed trains at rush hour and offices with NO social distancing!!

24 ( +27 / -3 )

Picture is in front of the Tokyo International Forum @ Yurakucho-Tokyo station

13 ( +14 / -1 )

2074 tests is just pathetic. They are not even trying.

17 ( +20 / -3 )

2074 tests, 46% positive. Data from link in the article.

2000 odd tests....Japan sure is unbelievable.

15 ( +18 / -3 )

As everyone knows, a one-day drop does not a trend make

There has not been a one-day drop. The # of cases increased compared to the week before for 28 days in a row.

Fear not, the reported cases (not actual ones of course) will be down next week since the testing will be in the 1000-2000 range during GW, just like on Sundays.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

2074 tests is just pathetic. They are not even trying.

Oh they're trying very hard to keep the numbers down by not testing.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

@Zoroto:

Facts? Stats?

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

Lovely photo, good to see people waiting in expectation for some luncheon. Death remains low and life goes on for most of us. Just take sensible precautions and the risks are minute. I feel sorry for those with no income because of this SOE lark.

-18 ( +8 / -26 )

What is this photo? looks totally clean around them.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

"waiting in expectation for some luncheon"

Waxing lyrical

5 ( +6 / -1 )

@Kyakusenbi Facts? Stats?

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

>

8 ( +8 / -0 )

2074 tests is just pathetic. They are not even trying.

I think if you live in Tokyo in particular you just have to accept that the virus is now pervasive here. You probably had it or will get it (I think I did based on symptoms last year), but you may or may not be able to get tested as they may bar you from a clinic if you have any symptoms whatsoever. You may or may not get hospitalized if you have severe symptoms based on bed availability and luck, and you may or may not end up dying in a quarantine hotel room in Tokyo if you are unlucky. And finally, you may or may not get lucky and get the vaccine quick enough to ward off infection but things aren't looking good in that respect. In sum, you are on your own.

23 ( +24 / -1 )

Picture is in front of the Tokyo International Forum @ Yurakucho-Tokyo station

I was just there 1 day ago, Shake-shack, Bic camera, station, pubs, cafes at full capacity with no clue that a pandemic even existed.

12 ( +16 / -4 )

6 customers lined up in the photo - 2 not wearing masks correctly.

Give them a break and please stop to play your little dictator. The COVID-19 transmission has been showed to be essentially occurring by aerosolization making it almost physically impossible to be infected outside. Wearing a mask outside in most situations (like the one above) is not necessary.

The death rate is around 2% of positive cases, just like everywhere else.

No, no and no, again nonsense. You are confusing death rate (=mortality rate) with the case fatality rate. The death rate is certainly not 2%. The death rate is a measure of the number of deaths in a particular population, scaled to the size of that population, per unit of time. I leave you as an exercise to calculate it.

-10 ( +7 / -17 )

@BT,

Exactly.

I was at a place in Tokyo just 4 days ago that let housewives play badminton against each other while not wearing masks and screaming every time they won a point.Albert Camus would be proud.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Just reported: Osaka +1.260!

The highest "number" on record, if I'm not all wrong!

5 ( +7 / -2 )

@8T

sounds great, love Shake Shack, cafes and pubs too of course. Glad to know businesses there are doing fine despite the current restrictions.

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

Thanks for giving me the thumb down,

but since it is on paper, here you go:

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/efe385b8d16bfc2cf8e2b20c134b38e71a8a0b9b

If Japanese is too difficult, Goo.. makes it possible:

The number of newly infected people per day exceeded 1242 on April 21 (Wednesday), the highest number ever.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Golden Week is upon us. The weather doesn't look particularly scorching, so maybe that and the rising numbers will convince the people in SoE prefectures to have a quiet one and start to turn this around.

It's a sad state when people can't get out and enjoy the spring for 2 years running, but the people in charge of getting a grip aren't doing their jobs.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

I guess this is the reason America warned us not to go to Japan. However, been here for 20 years now. Should I go home?

"Tokyo reports 925 new coronavirus cases; record-high 1,260 in Osaka"

4 ( +8 / -4 )

The death rate is certainly not 2%. The death rate is a measure of the number of deaths in a particular population, scaled to the size of that population, per unit of time. I leave you as an exercise to calculate it.

580k infections, 10,050 deaths. 2%. Sorry the math doesn't lie. You can argue all you want what percentage of cases they detect, or what percentage of deaths caused by COVID is classified as such, but those are the reported official numbers.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

It wouldn't hurt just to stand a bit more apart. This is what it's like at supermarkets here.

The reason why Japan has done better (though much worse than UK if we look at the current situation) than western countries is because there are fewer obese people, and they don't kick up a fuss about wearing masks. And the reason why Japan is doing so much worse than neighbouring countries is because the government here is useless and incompetent and corrupt. And not having a lockdown hasn't helped either.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

So, how’s the state of emergency working out for yas?

1 ( +3 / -2 )

> klausdorthToday  04:12 pm JST

Yup, must be nice in the sun, mask-less, enjoying some outdoor food!

Virus has been and still is increasing everywhere. Ehime recorded 38 (official count) new cases today, 6 of which are in "my area". One more day until Golden Week starts. Let's see what it looks like (the virus count) in 2 weeks from now.

Not increasing in places such as Israel, Gibraltar and even the UK. What do these places have in common?

VACCINES.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

thank Dog!!!! booked my jabs today.... first one...... July 13th.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

@ifd: That link is pretty useless. Does not list new deaths nor new cases for Japan, yet the news sources here do. And the site claims it uses news sources for its information.

Weird. Will search for a real site with good information.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

jiji Xx

thank Dog!!!! booked my jabs today.... first one...... July 13th.

July? That's mad. I'll have my second one by then... Honestly, where is the sense of urgency? Are they JGov not taking any note of what can happen when it gets out of control (India)?

4 ( +7 / -3 )

By the way, food stores were very crowded today. Was not because of sales. It was because some fools think that shortening hours would magically make them less crowded when in fact it does just the opposite.

In America they opened the food stores for longer hours so that people would be more spread out. The issue in the states were the anti-mask people.

If they think shorter hours mean less people, then why not just allow food stores to open for an hour each day?

6 ( +10 / -4 )

5,780 new cases nationwide today.

Only 6 days in the history of Covid has there been a higher number.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Coronavirus RELATED deaths

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Coronavirus RELATED deaths

they do not exist in Japan: no autopsies, no reporting if you got a negative PCR test before dying, not reported if you died at home/ or hotel.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Still holding out compilation a WONDERFUL olympics

4 ( +5 / -1 )

953 serious cases against 53 in Tokyo only, wirh this last number hardly changing (in the 40s for months). No one wonders why such discrepancy between those numbers and spread of cases. It just shows scientifically that cases are underreported in Tokyo area.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

"they do not exist in Japan: no autopsies"

"Someone" needs to learn when and in which circumstances autopsies MUST be performed; such basic knowledge should always precede any writings on the subject!

However, some do deserve to get autopsied regardless, whatever the weather.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

"Government and stubborn, inflexible companies/workers have brought this upon themselves to be sadly honest."

Really? Do you mean Japan will the lowest death rate in the G7? Should not be sad for America will over 500,000 deaths?

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

Not increasing in places such as Israel, Gibraltar and even the UK. What do these places have in common?

VACCINES.

but what about America, EU and Russia

What do they have in common?

Increasing cases and vaccines.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

Japan will the lowest death rate in the G7?

What makes the grouping of G7 so special? It's like saying, Japan is doing the best of all countries whose name start with a J and end with an N.

Instead, why not compare it with the cultural and geographical peers of Japan?

7 ( +10 / -3 )

but what about America, EU and Russia

What do they have in common?

Increasing cases and vaccines.

Except they all have decreasing cases. Good try, though, even if 100% wrong.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

The conspiracy theorists are out in force again I see. Warning us of impending doom from this virus. Mark my words it’s not going to happen. Low obesity rates, high levels of cleanliness and a high level of fitness in the population makes this virus much less deadly than they claim. Maybe Covid should be a lesson to some nations that have had so many die despite lockdowns. Encourage fitness and weight loss as much as you do vaccines and the rates will be lower and society a better place for all.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

Instead, why not compare it with the cultural and geographical peers of Japan?

Good rhetorical question. But let's not spoil the Olympics. Let's just compare with Europe and America.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

I was just there 1 day ago, Shake-shack, Bic camera, station, pubs, cafes at full capacity with no clue that a pandemic even existed.

It probably doesn't exit around there.. Lucky you, being not in the country which CNN has reported potentially more than 500 million infected.

https://www.cnn.co.jp/world/35170060.html

0 ( +2 / -2 )

SOE in our part of Hyogo the worse part so far, is our local gym, which we use daily, is closed until May 11.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Lucky you, being not in the country which CNN has reported potentially more than 500 million infected.

China?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

reckless:

You wish!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Low obesity rates, high levels of cleanliness and a high level of fitness in the population makes this virus much less deadly than they claim.

Maybe , your statement is also only one of those theories. I could name not even one country, where such conditions that you demand , exist or could be established. Can you? Or have a look at those herd theories. Never reachable, in my opinion, at some places maybe, but never on a global scale. Then the tests and vaccines...that’s simple math. They are good for 90% immunity on paper and some under cleanest laboratory conditions. But in practice? A test by drive-thru in a parking lot, a vaccination with the cheapest vaccine in the African savanna and sun heat? You will be lucky, if you get 70% to 80% of true result testing or vaccinations. Even worse it becomes with those two-step vaccinations, that are considered the god-like solution. By far not. Even at 80% success, you can look at that Bayes tree yourself, you get only 64% full immunity, 32% reduced immunity and 4% with no vaccination at all, although got two injections received.. At 90%, 81% full, 18% reduced, 1% like not vaccinated at all, respectively. That only as an example for that the doom , like the preview in India, is nearer than the end of the pandemic.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Where a mask, social distance, get some fresh air and sun. ✌️

0 ( +5 / -5 )

SOE in our part of Hyogo the worse part so far, is our local gym, which we use daily, is closed until May 11.

My gym is still open in Sakai, luckily. But they taped off the kids play equipment at the local park. Makes total sense.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

My gym is still open in Sakai, luckily. But they taped off the kids play equipment at the local park. Makes total sense.

yes many taped off parks.

well, more area for my kids to play, because a bit of tape isnt stopping me from letting them play there. total nonsense.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

@Steve, do some bench presses for me. My gym in Tokyo is covered by the biggest blue tarp that I have ever seen.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Not enough testing, if nearly 50% are infected that were tested Japan has a serious problem

8 ( +9 / -1 )

I see the new SoE measures are doing solidly. Maybe when we inevitably have another SoE after this one ends, they might actually start targeting the actual culprits, which are offices and companies who insist on their employees physically coming into work and thus packing themselves like cattle into already overcrowded trains.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Not enough testing, if nearly 50% are infected that were tested Japan has a serious problem

53 people hospitalized with serious symptoms in all of Tokyo, that says it all... Sure, you can test 100x more people and get 100x more cases, but the number of serious cases and deaths has remained consistently low.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Americans get info from this address about vaccinations. Bases, municipal offices etc.

tokyoacs2@state.gov

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Good thing nobody knows when the hell they're getting vaccinated yet.

If Japan doesn't cancel the Olympics soon, the world is going to cancel Japan.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

We must all do our part to stay safe. Be responsible.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

925 cases in a city of 10 million?? No deaths mentioned?? So fw...

What is everyone so worried about!!!!!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Osaka again topped the nation's tally with a record daily high 1,260 cases, surpassing the previous high of 1,242 on April 21.

Moderator, I think it is time to state the tests numbers for Osaka so that an informed guess can be made whether the higher Osaka is due to osaka doing more test or the virus is more prevalent in Osaka. Without test numbers the number of positives mean nothing at all. Osaka is testing 17,000 and Kanagawa 3,000 that will tell us why one has higher number than the other.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

That girl without a mask looks like she is holding a flask, so that is acceptable.

Yeh, what about the ojisan that is 2nd to last, though? Definitely looks like the mask is on his chin.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

therougouToday  11:47 am JST

That girl without a mask looks like she is holding a flask, so that is acceptable.

Yeh, what about the ojisan that is 2nd to last, though? Definitely looks like the mask is on his chin.

Does he look an ojisan? How old are you?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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