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Tokyo reports record 3,177 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 9,576


The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported a record high 3,177 new coronavirus cases, up 329 from Tuesday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 1954.7.

People in their 20s (1,078 cases), their 30s (680) and their 40s (485) accounted for the highest numbers, while 388 cases were aged under 19.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 80, down two from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 522, up eight from Tuesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6 p.m. was 9,576. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (1,051), Saitama (870), Osaka (798), Chiba (577), Fukuoka (405), Okinawa (347), Aichi (265), Hyogo (254), Hokkaido (227), Ibaraki (194), Kyoto (175), Shizuoka (120), Ishikawa (119), Tochigi (102), Fukushima (80), Gunma (70), Okayama (58), Kumamoto (56), Hiroshima (53), Niigata (51), Nara (50), Shiga (50) and Miyagi (44).

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

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The delta variant will continue to spread at rapid rate in Japan, because of no lockdowns and the low vaccination rate. This is a fact.

Japan should be concentrating all their efforts on upping vaccination rates as fast as possible, preparing more hospital beds, procuring more ventilators and praying that the medical system does not collapse.

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But...but...the Olympics is "running so smoothly".

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We’ve just got to learn to live with this.

Absolutely fine with that if I can just get a damn vaccine.

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3,177 positives out of 12,429 tests. So that's a 25.6% positivity rate. 

Obviously, that's a disturbingly high positivity rate. Equally disturbing is the low number of tests in a city the size of Tokyo. According to Wikipedia, Tokyo's population is currently 13.9 million. The closest US match in terms of city population is Los Angeles, with 12.4 million. According to LA county's published information, they reported about 45,000 PCR tests today/yesterday. So, 3.6x as many tests. Tokyo's testing is woefully insufficient, and with the positivity rate as high as it is, the 'actual' number of positives should be closer to 10,000 (if they were testing as much as comparably sized cities in the US are).




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Look here! Look at the shiny gold!

It’s so shiny and pretty!

What were we talking about again?

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When news of this broke on the emergency alert screen at the top of TVs, one of the newscasters stopped the praise of Japanese athletes during reruns to say, "Just a minute! We have news!" to her coanchor. I thought, "Wow... they're actually going to report it amidst the 'look over here at the shiny Olympics!' distraction!". Alas, she was just cutting the guy off to report another Japanese athlete had won another medal.

THAT is one reason why the number will probably hit even 5000 within the next week; they're back to the pre-postponement attitude of 2020 that saw people like Shimura Ken die -- ignore and don't report it.

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NHK Science Editor last night NewsWatch 9 was reporting LIVE that yesterday’s numbers were a strong indication that this trend could begin to produce a tripling of the daily numbers:

- “Tokyo reports record 2,848 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 7,629” Jun 27, 2021

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Welcome to the vertical part of the curve.

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Look at the percentage increase from week to week - its 50% - that was never the case in the previous waves because delta did not exist then. And these numbers are with a SOE in place!. It does not take a math genius to see we could very very easily end up at 10000/day in only a few weeks if we continue at this rate,

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This number of cases increases the number of people who might suffer long term effects from covid.

That is not a good thing.

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At this rate, I wonder how many cases we'll have linked to last-week's 4-day holiday, not to mention the upcoming Obon holiday.

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In addition what is really concerning is that the 7 day average test positive rate is at now at 15%, up from 5% a few weeks ago. To me this suggests the ratio between official reported numbers and actual incidence (which was is significant in Japan due to the restrictive testing policies and access) is growing too.

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But do not be deceived by stats. Japan only tests those with symptoms that appear to be covid, no more no less. Other countries teest huge numbers.

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The long-lasting health problems that come with it are even more worrying.

Thank you for this. I don't understand what people don't get about this.

The worst part is that if you do end up with long-hauler symptoms here in Japan, because you're not likely to have been tested for the virus here, you will forever be medically gaslit and told, "It's all in your head" while you struggle through the proven and very real ongoing symptoms after "recovering" from this thing. That's actually been almost as debilitating as the actual initial sickness itself and the lingering, debilitating aftereffects. What do you do when you're constantly fatigued or fainting or can't smell or taste anything? Not like Japanese companies are going to accept those excuses when they don't even see the validity of keeping their workers off of the overcrowded trains.

For the record, I was in my twenties when I very likely caught it, so seeing all these young people getting it and being told it's not going to be bad for them is pretty depressing. There's just no guarantee of that, and 1/3 of survivors end up with long-hauler symptoms. The chance of there being a debilitated generation of young people here after this pandemic is unfortunately higher than one might think.

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LDP can easily solve this problem by capping daily testing to 1000 per day, and then declare total victory over covid and mission accomplished.

In the end, it doesnt matter, anyone who says Japan have covid spread will be labeled a traitor, and LDP will win another landslide election in October, likely gaining many seats.

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 If the younger (under 50) get sick as they did in North America we likely won't see massive hospitalizations.

The problem in Tokyo is the numbers don’t need to be massive to strain the system given how healthcare is set up here.

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Hopefully that means that as soon as the farce of a Games is over, we also get to see some real action to tackle them.

Unlikely. Japan's already won enough golds to all but guarantee an LDP victory in the next election, and the elderly, who are the LDP's core base, are already mostly double vaxxed, so the rest of the population can swivel and die as far as they're concerned.

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The Delta version is expanding faster but is not as dangerous.

Full on false.

It is at the moment viewed as just as deadly no less no more, but some studies are showing a slightly higher death rate but not confirmed.

The less dangerous claim is totally false as most studies are actually pointing to Delta have more Long term complications.


But this is important to note

*Other reports link Delta to more serious symptoms, including hearing impairment, severe gastrointestinal issues and blood clots leading to tissue death and gangrene. *

These are on top of those already associates with other covid variants.

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Realistic positive people are the ones to lead us forward. 

Realistic is very important. I’m with you on staying positive but also not ignoring issues inconvenient to a narrative. That is no use to anyone. Pollyanna has no place in these discussions.

So, let’s get realistic.

Can you finally post those links to medical professionals showing how long Covid is not a serious issue?

Medical professionals.

I wanted to repeat that as one poster once linked to some novelist turned journalist when I asked in the past.

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This situation is worst since last January.

But Japan's mainstream TV channels who abandoned journalism have replaced news program to Olympics programs, don't report even difficult situation like this to general public.

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For some time people keep going non about most being under 50 years old, etc...

Well a quick look at the numbers and we can see at this point we are at 500 plus a day over the age of 50!

So now 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s account for around 1,000 people infected a day.

Remember just a few weeks ago the joyous comments, covid in beaten, vaccine will protect the elderly most of the then 500 cases a day were also younger.

Well as many kept pointing out more that get the virus the more each category will go up.

So we now have 500 a day ovet 50 years old when we used to have 500 a day in total.

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Unless you have actually experienced COVID-19 and Long-Covid, then stop spreading falsehoods.

Many of us have been suffering long-term and/or permanent destruction of our health because of long-COVID. I'm over a year out since catching it, and I am still dealing with the symptoms. I was also not "obese", was in fact healthy and active, and exercise is still almost impossible for me to manage without ending up with the COVID symptoms all over again. Some symptoms as a result of this illness seem to be permanent and a new part of who we survivors are. Others come and go, but anything seems to trigger them. It can take up to two weeks to recover when they do flare up. Try having a job or even a basic, functional life when the illness lasts this long.


Apologies. I made a mistake with the quote function.

I was writing 'sigh' to one of falseflagsteve's comments. And I do like steve as I think he's brave to come on here day in day out. I just didn't agree with his post.

I'm sorry for the confusion.

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The Delta version is expanding faster but is not as dangerous.

Another one.

Links, please.

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HakmanToday  05:47 pm JST

And once again, for the umpteenth day in a row, over 80% of the cases -- it's 83% this time -- are those in their 40s or under

You have been saying this for several weeks now but fail to point out that when you started sayi this we were at around 500 cases a day.

Now we are at 3,177 a day and of that just over 500 are 50s and up.

So now we are looking at 500 over 50 years old a day.

Pointing only percentage may make it look better but the actual numbers tell a different story.

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The problem in Tokyo is the numbers don’t need to be massive to strain the system given how healthcare is set up here.

Thanks for that analysis. Doc. Or nurse.

Calm down.

You don’t need to be a medical professional to know this. It’s common knowledge.

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Here is how the super-spreading Olympics really works:


From Tokyo to the world, with love.

(Found it also in newspapers in Italy, France, Spain, Korea…not yet in Japan)

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So testing down 12, 429 cases up 3,177 positive/infection rate has now gone up to 25% on a mid week higher testing day.

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 It does not take a math genius to see we could very very easily end up at 10000/day in only a few weeks if we continue at this rate,

It might already be above 10K, nobody knows what the situation is at the moment with thousands refused testing every day and tests kept low.

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Sadly, they don't even test all people with symptoms that appear to be COVID.

I'm so tired of hearing from others in the long-hauler survivor group about how they were refused testing in Japan and told that they weren't likely to get a test, so should give up and get some bedrest.

I've said it before, but I went through the same hell at the beginning of this pandemic here. It's terrifying to think of what it would be like to catch it now when super-contagious strains are running rampant, and the medical system is even further on the brink of collapse.

If they won't test even people with clear symptoms, then there seems no hope that they would test for those who might be asymptomatic or so on.

Total failure to contain and trace this thing. These numbers are inevitable, and likely still only a fraction of the real numbers.

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Just occurred to me that the two top stories - Koike's delusional idea about getting young people vaxxed, and this story about the case numbers - have been top of the page for a while.

Which means that there are no new shiny medals for Japan to distract the hoi polloi.

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I expressed shock yesterday, I am less shocked today - have the floodgates opened? Let us hope testing gets easier - I got a load of test kits mailed from family overseas, people get them free from pharmacies/chemists/drugstores...

At least the number of Covid deaths has been lower (though there is always a time lag...)

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Seems like the artificial cap on case numbers has been released, since now there is no danger of the Cashlympics being cancelled. Now we get to see the real numbers. Hopefully that means that as soon as the farce of a Games is over, we also get to see some real action to tackle them.

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Not looking good, I'm guessing we will see over 8000 cases today.

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Whoa, who would have thought? Right?

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What's the over/under on cases on Friday?

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And how many of those cases are on Death’s Doorstep?

This question has already been answered.

I think we’d be best advised to keep an eye on the hospitalization rate over the next few weeks. It doesn’t take too many to strain the system in Tokyo.

Hopefully, the number of older people vaccinated will keep the numbers manageable.


The government has shown disdain for the people so far. It’s a question of hope.

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Something that has not been talked about at all yet in Japan, but looking at the experience of places suffering a surge, like India, Nepal, Indonesia, is: are there enough oxygen supplies to meet need, supposing that hospitals start to get overrun, and people with trouble breathing start getting backed up in corridors, car parks, at home? Are there staff available to monitor people who can't yet secure a hospital bed and are suffering at home?

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There is no need to stay at home

The Tokyo government has just asked people to do precisely that unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.

Go out but take precautions as the majority are anyway.

If the majority are "taking precautions" then why are cases going through the roof?

remain healthy and stay positive.

Positive is fine, naive is not. And "remaining healthy" isn't entirely under one's own control. It only takes one irresponsible person to spread the virus to others, however responsible they are.

You might think that humans are this beautiful altruistic species who frolic in a land of milk and honey, but back when the virus started making its presence known in Japan, a guy in Aichi prefecture, who tested positive, went to a diner, or a bar, or some such place, with the express intention of spreading it. He was arrested and jailed, but died of it in the end anyway, to very few comments of sympathy.

There are a lot of grossly irresponsible people out there, however much you wish to believe there are not.

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NHK now posted over 8000 5:40 pm iPhone flash newes

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Follow-up to my previous point: serious and critical were redefined a few weeks back to massage the numbers. There is some bureaucratic argy-bargy here, so the health ministry is painting a worse picture of the situation than the city of Tokyo:

Only patients using ventilators and other assisted-breathing equipment are defined as having serious symptoms. Under that definition, Tokyo had 82 COVID-19 patients in serious condition as of July 27.

But the health ministry also includes patients treated in intensive care units as having serious symptoms. If the ministry’s definition is used, Tokyo had 676 seriously ill COVID-19 patients as of July 25.


In case that makes it look like the Ministry of Health are keen to shine a light the situation, think again:

(on 2 June) the number of prefectures under Japan’s severest coronavirus infection category dropped AFTER the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare revised its method for calculating hospital bed occupancy rates.

(Search for 'Japan Solves Coronavirus Crisis With Magical Math')

That's why I posted above about oxygen stocks.

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Today marks two weeks since new active cases began trending into positive integers, and one week since severe cases did the same, nationally. Based upon prior waves statistics, we can expect to see a corresponding increase in deaths within a week or so.

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The Olympic outbreak has officially begun.

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Seems like the artificial cap on case numbers has been released, since now there is no danger of the Cashlympics being cancelled. Now we get to see the real numbers. Hopefully that means that as soon as the farce of a Games is over, we also get to see some real action to tackle them.

Olympics or no Olympics testing will never increase with the present system that the welfare

are incharge of everything related to Covid-19. The will to tackle this monster is not there everybody

is happy that the numbers comparatively low compared to some other countries. It is like a national


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You start talking about the 2nd dose - can’t lift arm, slight fever, feeling drained - then the listener says she can’t get the vaccine until the end of August.

Japan waited too long.

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People don't care about the state of emergency. All restaurants and bars are opened late and serve alcohol. Switching off the lights at night in Shibuya is just a show for the evening news. See you soon for 4000 cases a day (knowing the tests are very limited…). Further than Japan only, this covid crisis reflects perfectly the “incredible greatness” of mankind and those who rule it.

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Unbelievable, but I’m sure we’re not surprised. I’m also sure that we knew this would happen during the Olympics. I’m sure Suga, Koike, and definitely Bach (the one whom Suga gave permission to make the Olympics safe) are sleeping well. (Sarcasm)

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Looks like too little, too late.

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It is worth a sacrifice for us to be uplifted with the games. If we all thank Mr. Bach and IOC and stay home to watch we will beat the virus

Please tell me this is sarcasm!!!

If note try explaining to the Japanese especially the youth why they need to "stay home" when 100,000 non Japanese Olympic related people didn't have to stay home in their country and tens of thousands of Olympics workers and volunteers don't have to do the same.

This is another situation of "do as I say, not as I do" by the Japanese government.

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And how many of those cases are on Death’s Doorstep?

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 80, down two from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 522, up eight from Tuesday. "Severe means they are on a vent and likely an echmo machine.

Perhaps you should read the article first?

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NHK News 7 reporting LIVE that 80% of the 20’s bracket that positive have been found to have the Delta variant.

Koike from the Tokyo Media Center is questioning having the immediate vaccination priority switch to the 20’s bracket.

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They’re running out of fingers to stick in the dike.

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Incredibly low deaths considering the case numbers and also low severe cases. The vaccines are working and working well. Case numbers are becoming pretty irrelevant as we see huge increases in numbers no longer equate to high deaths and hospitalizations.

> We are many trying to distract us from the good news by banging on about Long Covid. Long Covid is similar to other viruses that have long term effects, usually lasting a few weeks and minor, rarely serious. These effect mostly the obese who are rare in Japan. The lack of obesity is why deaths in Japan are low as will be Long Covid.


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Why are deaths not emphasised in these reports?

I'd say it comes down to superstition and taboo, along with a serving of don't tell people what they don't want to hear.

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Just offhand--anyone know if that is a record for Kanagawa?

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@jeffb: There is more buzz surrounding Paracetomol than Ronapreve mate. Helps with sore arms and mild fever post vaccine.

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These are provisional numbers but over 7000 cases nationwide with a few prefectures pending. The site below is reporting zero COVID deaths for the day.


Simple reason is that 81 million vaccine doses have been administered in the country with 85% of over 65s having had at least one dose and 70% having had both doses.


Hopefully this outbreak acts as an impetus for Japan to crack on more quickly with the vaccine rollout.

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To be fair, every nation had seen a sharp rise in this month. You can't completely blame it on the olympic. At least Japan dares to announce their numbers no matter how bad it seems,unlike most posters who kept claiming that somehow the government keeping numbers intentionally low.

And is not like we can enter another nation lock down again. Look at the west. Is literally protestors clashing with police everyday because of the worsening of the economic situation. People need to make a living.

I know the situation might seem grim, but is not like we haven't encounter this situation before. The previous year was even worse and we still made it work. Be a little more positive. All of these negative thoughts and spreading fear ain't helping. Look at the bright side. The elders are largely vaccinated and today all the health workers are officially vaccinated. While not all infection cases are considered life threatening or sever. Look at Kei Nishikori. He was tested 2 times positive last year and just kept going with his life.

All i am saying it, why should we let fear rule us and be afraid? No matter what storms is ahead, we will prevail. And the point is everyday there is still a average of around a million people being vaccinated. So by the end of this year this nightmare will be over.

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They need to not focus only on a vaccine like it’s the only solution why they don’t bother on figuring out how to treat and minimize symptoms with medication? Also if all medical staff are vaccinated why they still cowardly pushing people away and not trying to find a way to effectively treat covid . The Japanese government is either fear mongering us with these high numbers to rethink about getting vaccinated for the youngsters or the covid virus is simply not deadly enough to be bothered by the government.

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JimizoToday  06:31 pm JST

The problem in Tokyo is the numbers don’t need to be massive to strain the system given how healthcare is set up here.

Thanks for that analysis. Doc. Or nurse.

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I'm actually hoping all the 20 and 30 somethings just get it already so they can build their immunity and we can stop caring about these numbers.

If vaccination isn't for them then contraction is.

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Please close the business and stay home to watch Olympics. The infection rate is high. Today we experienced Olympics glory! Many medals and win in baseball.

It is worth a sacrifice for us to be uplifted with the games. If we all thank Mr. Bach and IOC and stay home to watch we will beat the virus.

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Mr Antiquesaving

It is the true feeling. The IOC and Mr Bach bravely continued and sacrificed much for us. These games are here so why not stay home to watch?

Japan baseball with the win today. The Olympics are showing how we are starting to bear the Covid. The sacrifice is worth it. Mr Bach sacrificed to come here so we can watch the games. I’m honoring him and staying safe at home watching

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There is no need to stay at home. Go out but take precautions as the majority are anyway. The deaths are incredibly low and the risk to healthy non seniors is minute. We need to live with Covid it’s not going away. Here immunity and the vaccines to seniors will ensure there will be no catastrophic ending.

Go out, enjoy the summer, remain healthy and stay positive.

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It's a valid point but will get you no love here. Fortunately they are. There's a medicine call Ronapreve that is fully approved in Japan. Not a lot of buzz around it but it has been shown to successfully treat symptomatic covid infections.

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An intelligent and well made commentary. You are totally correct, positivity is the key on a personal level and well as societal. Realistic positive people are the ones to lead us forward. The irrational fear mongering of others is pointless and dangerous to them, their loved ones and associates.

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The Delta version is expanding faster but is not as dangerous.

It is necessary to protect or. vaccinate vulnerable groups over 60 years of age as soon as possible. Hospitals will be overcrowded because of them as they are more vulnerable (by that I don’t mean anything bad), that’s a fact.

All those ''OMG we'll all die'', who are under the age of 40 should wait to be vaccinated and behave self-protectively in the meantime.

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And how many of those cases are on Death’s Doorstep?

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We’ve just got to learn to live with this.

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