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Tokyo reports 973 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,970

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 973 new cases of the coronavirus, down 53 from Tuesday.

The number (520 men and 453 women) is the result of 1,894 tests conducted on Jan 24.

By age group, the most number of cases were in their 20s (193), followed by 160 in their 30s, 146 in their 50s, 144 in their 40s, 87 in their 60s, 78 in their 70s and 77 in their 80s. Also, 65 cases were younger than 20 (23 of whom were younger than 10), health officials said.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 159, up 11 from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 1,043.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,970. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (386), Osaka (357), Chiba (258), Chiba (258), Saitama (247), Aichi (227), Hyogo (211), Fukuoka (185), Hokkaido (147), Okinawa (131), Kyoto (128), Ibaraki (84), Shizuoka (60), Gunma (52), Gifu (49), Mie (43) and Tochigi (38).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 90.

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Roughly 50% positivity.

Way too much!

And all this on a Sunday.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

Get used to this pattern. The announced reduction of tracing, which leads to less testing, means fewer reported positive cases, but many of these will be seriously ill.

Way to stick your head in the sand, J-Gov.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

For comparison, New York State pop. 19 million, roughly similar to the Tokyo metro, did 163,000 tests yesterday, with 11,000 positive.

Can you imagine what the numbers would be in Tokyo if they came even remotely close to that to the 60k Koike promised a while back?

11 ( +17 / -6 )

1,894 tests? Unforgivable.

Whoever is suppressing the testing numbers - at a time when it should be the highest testing rate so far - deserves to be jailed. Criminal behaviour.

19 ( +23 / -4 )

1894 tests...wow... that's some impressive number, LDP strategists must be pleased.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

how many new deaths?

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

First, all this bogus numbers make you shake your head and say.. well that’s Japan, than they make you angry, than you just smile wearily about them, but now after a year, this is all really embarrassing. It is shameful this pathetic excuse of a PM and government. 1894 tests !!!! 973 positives or over 50%? People dying at home as not admitted to hospitals ?

And stil dare to mention Olympics ??

beyond shame

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Number of deaths usually updated in later.

Can we have updates too regarding those who are waiting for hospital slots and other accomodations?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

how many new deaths?

Death of what ? No test then it was a pneumonia.

So even deaths count doesn't make sense here

7 ( +9 / -2 )

People! Stop worrying about the virus! We just need to have the Olympics to beat this thing! 50% positive is ok..we are nearing herd immunity..AFTER the olympics! We must have more people come to Japan and sorrad the virus to beat it!

Please be patient and use the "Go to travel", "Go to eat", and the "go to hospital" campaign. Oh wait..please do not forget to use the "go to grave" campaign as well. The J-gov't will support you going to travel, going to eat, but NOT the going to hospital or going to the crave campaigns.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Once again, I find this excellent. It means that there were very few people with bad enough symptoms to warrant testing. If there were a lot more people in bad shape needing testing, logically the numbers would have been much higher. BUT they were NOT... And there would have been a huge number of residual contaminants within families, trains and other venues.

Perhaps diet, being in good shape in general and following suggested rules (Minus a few LDP politicians), Japan is doing fine.

Be positive and believe.

-15 ( +4 / -19 )

At this point all of the travel campaigns, manipulation of numbers that making people feel safer to go out, starting to feel like a scheme for the government to achieve herd immunity quicker. Listen to your intuition people. Tokyo is now a viral soup, best watch out for yourself

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Numbers falling, which is positive. The number of active cases has fallen significantly in the last week or so with recoveries outpacing new infections.

The doom and gloom merchants on JT out in force again it seems.

-14 ( +5 / -19 )

High-aged or helpless people , living alone or in villages or in residences that don’t want to have trouble and publicity, mostly won’t even have the possibility or time enough while suffering to lift the phone receiver and demand any testing or an ambulance to the hospital. They are not counted at all. You would probably cry or hang yourselves when seeing what’s really going on in the gray zones of many countries.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

@Akula: Very true about recoveries outpacing new infections for sure. No doom and Gloom coming from myself, family and friends.

-14 ( +2 / -16 )

SOE will finish soon. Amazing how closing a few places after 8 killed the virus! voila!

5 ( +7 / -2 )

The mass media should investigate and report the cause of significant declining of tests.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

That’s 50% of those tested returning positive results. Hello!

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Even I, as an individual, was able to get tested 2x (saliva and nasopharyngeal swab) in Tokyo today for my upcoming trip! Guess the government can't be bothered.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Roughly 50% positivity.

Way too much!

And all this on a Sunday.

Because it was a Sunday.

There are no clinics open on Sundays. So people go to private test centers, who don't report the results. The infected ones then go to a doctor on Monday, who reports the result, obviously positive. That is my only reasonable explanation, anyway. Assuming they report the date of the original test.

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Yes, it's all been said before. The low testing numbers is a national disgrace. Queensland is testing more than 10,000 daily with next to zero positives while Tokyo (3 x the population) tests only 2,000 for 1,000 positives and some say that's OK. What a joke.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

BS I went out today I don’t see anyone trying to prevent spreads they all cramming and thinking the virus does not hurt. I be afraid to have to not WFH if this virus was such a deadly killer

5 ( +7 / -2 )

1,894 tests. Wow.

There's nothing I can write that wouldn't be immediately removed by the moderators for breaking language rules. Insert your own curses, and bad language directed at the government here.

How can they possibly justify this?

3 ( +6 / -3 )

The number (520 men and 453 women) is the result of 1,894 tests conducted on Jan 24.

Anything to save the Olympics!

5 ( +8 / -3 )

How come when the tests are low from Sunday's testing the % of numbers found are really high and are similar total number to other days. And then when there are more tests the next day that % of cases found drops radically and we still have a similar number of total cases. It happens every week. Pure chance right.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Under a thousand. Yay. Or not

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I’m still shocked. UK is 100000 deaths and half Japanese population. We are lucky.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

We are lucky.

Or special.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

The mass media should investigate and report the cause of significant declining of test

Mass media, you should be new here, They are part of the plot. It is like counting on your defense lawyer not knowing he was working for the prosecutor.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

If you can't change the situation,change your attitude... it was once said.And this applies to the daily,bombardment of the same ol',same ol' tired comments about what the govt is not doing. Look away from JT articles for a minute to learn and read it's pretty bad worldwide,except for a few places.Moaning on here isn't going to change anything. Be grateful and keep to the 3W's, until you get that jab you've been begging for.Carry on...

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

Take a look at the numbers, including deaths.

Compare those numbers to other countries of similar size and population.

Look at the history and location of Covid19. Japan was the 2nd country to be hit very early on, we have among the oldest population on Earth.... Now look at the numbers of infected, the numbers of dead. Then you'll realize where Japan stands when it comes to Covid19.

Alot of misinformation is being spread daily.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Japan is kicking coronavirus's arse like Godzilla whooping King Kong.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Is Japan hiding the bodies again?

Just asking for a fact checker

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

How come when the tests are low from Sunday's testing the % of numbers found are really high and are similar total number to other days. And then when there are more tests the next day that % of cases found drops radically and we still have a similar number of total cases. It happens every week. Pure chance right.

Read my comment above.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Take a look at the numbers, including deaths.

Compare those numbers to other countries of similar size and population.

Look at the history and location of Covid19. Japan was the 2nd country to be hit very early on, we have among the oldest population on Earth.... Now look at the numbers of infected, the numbers of dead. Then you'll realize where Japan stands when it comes to Covid19.

Alot of misinformation is being spread daily.

Well said. What the conspiracy theorists here refuse (or choose not to) understand is that Japan would be swimming in dead bodies if the situation was out of control, because an entire year has passed since the fear-mongering started.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Suppressing the true numbers is harmful. Pretending this is not serious is harmful.

For all you Covid deniers and conspiracy theorist out there, your lies are harmful. Look where it leads, listen to these idiots who burst into a Covid ward in the U.K.

https://twitter.com/sbattrawden/status/1354440871945646081

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Read my comment above

nevermind. according to this article, the real reason is Sunday tests were low (as expected) but the positives include data from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Really confusing, lol.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/d63ff9236530d564cffb34f57dbb7b1cdd845809

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Suppressing the true numbers is harmful. Pretending this is not serious is harmful.

For all you Covid deniers and conspiracy theorist out there, your lies are harmful. Look where it leads, listen to these idiots who burst into a Covid ward in the U.K.

https://twitter.com/sbattrawden/status/1354440871945646081

That is a problem with the UK. We haven't seen that in Japan.

The only conspiracy theorists here keep saying Japan is hiding bodies. But where?

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

The only conspiracy theorists here keep saying Japan is hiding bodies. But where?

They're cremated.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

They're cremated.

Lol, and they have no problem keeping up with the demand right? And every crematorium is in on the conspiracy as to not leak the news of this sudden high demand?

Give it a break.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Roughly 50% positivity.

Way too much!

Better check the 3-7 day rolling average to see the latest pattern, not daily figures.

「陽性率50%」は誤り。Twitterでトレンド、なぜ誤解?東京都福祉保健局に聞いた

https://www.huffingtonpost.jp/entry/story_jp_601123f1c5b61cb9534faf21

To sum, the daily testing numbers don't correspond to the daily results.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Lots of conspiracy theorists here, believing that the pandemic is a lot worse in Japan than officials are indicating.

What is the proof? Are people dropping dead in the streets? Are hospitals overflowing? Are morgues running out of space?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Any positive comments, downvoted

All doomsday comments, upvoted

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

The mass media should investigate and report the cause of significant declining of test

Not to defend the mass media since I think they can do a lot better, but you don't have to be Sherlock to figure out that almost all clinics are closed on Sundays (On Saturdays they are usually open in the morning, so the tests are slightly higher).

0 ( +1 / -1 )

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