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Tokyo reports record high 7,377 new coronavirus cases

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported a record high 7,377 new coronavirus cases, up 2,192 from Tuesday and up 5,179 from last Wednesday.

By age group, 2,120 cases were in their 20s, 1,305 in their 30s, 1,043 in their 40s, while 939 were aged between 10 and 19, and 700 younger than 10.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 10, up three from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 281, up 20 from Tuesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was a record high 41,485. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (6,101), Aichi (2,881), Hyogo (2,514), Kanagawa (2,288), Saitama (2,215), Fukuoka (2,208), Chiba (1,605), Okinawa (1,443), Kyoto (1,202), Hokkaido (1,170), Hiroshima (1,042), Shizuoka (877), Kumamoto (711), Okayama (483), Gifu (461), Gunma (444), Niigata (440), Nagasaki (409), Ibaraki (393), Shiga (381), Nara (344), Yamaguchi (320), Tochigi (316), Mie (286), Aomori (284), Oita (270), Wakayama (269), Kagoshima (256), Ehime (245), Miyazaki (235), Saga (209), Ishikawa (176), Shimane (174) and Miyagi (162).

Fifteen coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

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Lets shut it all down. This nonsense never ends.

-24 ( +11 / -35 )

It will all be over in 5 weeks and 4 days.

-25 ( +10 / -35 )

And??(

-24 ( +6 / -30 )

Over 1500 are school aged, but will they move to online learning to slow it down? Could Coming of Age Ceremonies have been online? No, this is Japan.

12 ( +31 / -19 )

Hmm, we might reach 10k after all, even with the suppressed testing.

10 ( +23 / -13 )

STOP the Numbers count, just like the number of tests.

Just creating chaos among the people.

-6 ( +9 / -15 )

It’s time to face reality and understand numbers mean nothing.

Most are not vaccinating against covid, they are vaccinating against unemployment, public opinion and loss of travel.

So what is more dangerous, the virus or the Governments?

-3 ( +21 / -24 )

I wasn't imagining it as I thought there were constant ambulance sirens in my area the past few days. This article gives the figures for urgent cases unable to get admitted quickly to a hospital.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220119/p2a/00m/0na/005000c

1 ( +13 / -12 )

Wait. Isn’t the border closed? How could this be happening?

9 ( +22 / -13 )

January 11th - 962 cases.

January 19th - 7,377.

Doesn't look like this is going away soon.

Will me idiot boss allow us to work from home again, or will he keep bringing sick people into the office every day?

Silly question.

13 ( +28 / -15 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 10, up three from Tuesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 281, up 20 from Tuesday.

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

Was expecting case numbers to approach or even exceed 10k this week, so it’s not really a big surprise. Cases already peaked in SA and the UK, deaths in both those places appear to have peaked or leveled out at about the same as what we would expect at the peak of a slightly worse than average flu season. I don’t see why it will be any different here.

-3 ( +10 / -13 )

“So my brother in Florida recently got omicron after double Moderna vax, same as me. He was slammed pretty hard in bed for 3-4 days. I wonder if I will get it in Tokyo...“

So be careful, Reckless. But I think you will be fine.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

Wait. Isn’t the border closed? How could this be happening?

Its very easy to understand if you have ever been on the Yamanote line during rush hour…

11 ( +18 / -7 )

If you’re young and healthy, no worries. That’s the mantra nowadays, right?

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

“Wait. Isn’t the border closed? How could this be happening?”

it’s not closed. It’s restricted. Had it been wide open, you would not have seen 7000 cases in Tokyo today. It would have been 10x that a few weeks ago.

-15 ( +10 / -25 )

Perhaps all of those allowed to attend New Year celebrations at place like Narita-san.......more than a million visitors in 3 days had something to do with it.

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Japan sees record 4,151 weekly cases of emergency patients struggling to find hospitals

January 19, 2022 (Mainichi)

So not 210, but 4151 having difficulty getting hospital treatment today.

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it’s not closed. It’s restricted. Had it been wide open, you would not have seen 7000 cases in Tokyo today. It would have been 10x that a few weeks ago.

Had it been completely shut even for the natives, then the numbers wouldn't even cross the double-figure.

So border restriction has not much to do with the numbers anymore once it has surged, just the perfect and well-managed inflow is required.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Yawn. The numbers to watch are those critically ill and who have dies OF, not WITH, COVID-19. And they are very low. The rest is academic.

In any case, Omicron is showing contempt for the vaccines, so I doubt that closing restaurants and the like will up its level of respect. Get the shots/boosters if you want, but there shouldn't be any compulsion to.

-4 ( +12 / -16 )

it’s not closed. It’s restricted. Had it been wide open, you would not have seen 7000 cases in Tokyo today. It would have been 10x that a few weeks ago.

It is 10 times that a few weeks ago....it's just that a vast majority of assymptomatic cases are not tested here....and close contacts? My friends son,s school had a small cluster in a particular class a few days ago, that class is off for a week..all other grades and teachers back as normal everyday, nobody was told to go take a PCR or antigen test to see whether they might be assymptomatic positive and spreading it around. So yeah , Japan's numbers are multiple times higher than what's reported. Compare that to the comprehensive testing in the rest of G7 if comparisons are being made.

-2 ( +11 / -13 )

This wave will peak in early March.... These numbers are quite small at the moment, we could be seeing another zero on them by March. Hopefully avoiding too many old and sick so the hospitals are not stressed to breaking point. Spare ICU capacity is much lower in Japan than most other developed countries.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

It basically feels like the Japanese in Tokyo have gone into 'Do your national duty, catch it, spread it, who cares?' mode.

I have friends who work at schools, both schools had positive cases (one last week, one this week) but continued as normal.

Another friend has a Japanese Boss who turned up to the office this week, coughing and feverish.

0 ( +11 / -11 )

“It is 10 times that a few weeks ago....it's just that a vast majority of assymptomatic cases are not tested here..”

If it’s indeed that high so then what? The ratio of severity and death per positive cases will look even better. But what’s the point?

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

ago....it's just that a vast majority of assymptomatic cases are not tested here..”

Thats BS until it is proven. And if you insist, yes, but it doesn’t matter. If it’s indeed that high so then what? The ratio of severity and death per positive cases will look even better. But what’s the point?

Its not BS and it will never be proven here because J-govt will never test at the same level as rest of G7. They only compare themselves when they can come up on top.

So what..?...so nothing except making the point that the cases are many times higher than reported.

I don't disagree that Omicron is less severe and deaths are fewer.be it here or elswehere..having said that I have a number of family members who caught it overseas ( all are fully vaccinated) and the fittest one ( talking pro athlete level ) was the hardest hit of them all....so it can still affect even healthy people hard.

-1 ( +14 / -15 )

Marcelito,

same virus but the outcome of an infection can be quite different depending on where it happens, how it is cared for and treated. So I think that helps you understand why someone has been luckier than others during this pandemic. Re your point about the JP government’s approach… why do we need to do like what other G7s are doing? What’s the point of coming on top? There’s nothing to be happy about this when everyone is still dealing with it but as a citizen here am happy with

what they have been doing.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Watching the Japanese news here, it is plain to see that the politicians have no idea why the virus is spreading as it is.

The number of vaccines that have been given, the mask wearing and the previous state of emergencies have done absolutely nothing to stop this latest upsurge in cases.

It is absolutely galling for them to be defeated by this virus-time for acceptance, I think.

4 ( +13 / -9 )

Even with all this mask-wearing, the virus is spreading like wildfire. Doesn't say much for how effective they or the vaccines are. Just sayin'.

-12 ( +9 / -21 )

The peak occurs soon and numbers will fall as fast as they rose. Deaths and severe cases will be nowhere here as previous waves.

Take precautions, take vitamin D daily, eat fresh foods, exercise daily and if obese become a sensible weight.

This wave will be over in weeks not months.

-12 ( +10 / -22 )

Take precautions, take vitamin D daily, eat fresh foods, exercise daily and if obese become a sensible weight.

This. Taking responsibility for your own terrain is the best first-line defence against the virus.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

Reckless

So my brother in Florida recently got omicron after double Moderna vax, same as me. He was slammed pretty hard in bed for 3-4 days. I wonder if I will get it in Tokyo...

Chances are overwhelming that you get it here in Tokyo. Experience from countries ahead of the curve show that pretty much everyone will get infected, and almost all will be OK.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

In case that somebody wonders why Japan had only 7,337 cases reported yesterday.

Tests performed on Jan 16th:

France: 1,410,000 tests

Japan: 62,000 tests

9 ( +22 / -13 )

The numbers will go as high as the number of tests allow it. It will will not reach 6 figures or even higher 5 figures because they will simple never do enough tests or be able to process tests for this to happen. And as others have said there are probably ten times or many more asymptomatic and very mild cases that will never even want to go to be tested.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

Foreigner In TokyoToday  06:42 pm 

it's people under 40 driving all of this.

LOL, the lengths some people go to to manufacture a reality that suits their agenda.

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Open borders. Border restrictions do not matter since Omicron is already widespread.

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Could Coming of Age Ceremonies have been online? No, this is Japan.

Right, another "Tokyo IS Japan" and the rest doesnt count!

Coming of age ceremonies were CANCELLED in Japan!

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Another friend has a Japanese Boss who turned up to the office this week, coughing and feverish.

That is one hard working man who epitomizes the gambaru and gaman spirit.

Indeed ..and he is giving his co-workers the chance to show their true gambaru spirit as well by passing them the virus. What was it Aso said about superior J- culture beating the virus and being envy of the world?

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

The numbers are high up despite closed border and quasi. Now imagine the number without it. In another new sFrance got 500K +ve infection in one day. You guys (*with complains) will be flyjin if it happens in Tokyo.

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

All things considered, I'm glad I'm here and not back in Australia.

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You can get tested for free on a simple walk in basis at 190 places in Tokyo. A mixture of clinics, hospitals and drug stores. No reservations needed. Just turn up and test.

Here is the list... (Japanese language only )

https://tokyo-kensasuishin.jp/img/business.pdf

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Thomas Goodtime

Entirely incorrect, I have never stated that any person is immune from the virus. I have stated that bese people air far worse on average if they are infected, in fact 3 times more likely to be hospitalised and also the vaccines are less effective in the obese as their immune systems do not function effectively.

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@Wobot

I second that!

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jkctlr89Today  07:16 pm JST

bokudaToday  06:57 pm JST*

In case that somebody wonders why Japan had only 7,337 cases reported yesterday.

Tests performed on Jan 16th:

*France: 1,410,000 tests*

*Japan: 62,000 tests*

I’ll piggyback on that too!

Tests performed on Jan 18th:

UK: 1,363,401

Adding the population size, it's even more obvious we don't want to know what's going on here :

Tests performed on Jan 16th:

France: 1,410,000 tests (population 67,390,000)

UK: 1,274,369 tests (population 67,220,000)

Japan: 62,000 tests (population 125,800,000)

3 ( +10 / -7 )

Wow reproduction number hit above 5 more than a week ago.

Dipped since then but still near 3 now and probably on the way up again.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Fifteen coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

And last time I saw the reports here only 4 deaths.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

I am one of the diagnosed omnicron cases in Chiba. I can say from first hand experience if you call emergency services during the isolation period you will have a hard time getting into the hospital. This has led to at least 20 deaths in itself from Covid. In the face of omnicron Japanese hospitals need to change this or more people will die which could have been avoided.

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