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Japan's seriously ill COVID-19 patients hit new high of 1,144

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The situation got worse during the State of Emergency, so it was decided to extend the State of Emergency. The extended State of Emergency however will ease some of the original restrictions.

Japanese government logic 2021.

30 ( +35 / -5 )

I went to a local mall today in Kawasaki for lunch. Business as usual. Trains were somewhat less crowded. You really just have to accept that if you live in or near Tokyo that you will probably get the virus and you probably won't get the vaccine. Enjoy.

20 ( +29 / -9 )

At any cost” - Can they still spare 500 nurses for the Olympic Games?
19 ( +24 / -5 )

And remember, it's just the top part of the iceberg

23 ( +24 / -1 )

@ reckless, nah, just stay isolated in your one room apartment in Tokyo for another year or two and you’ll be fine. Order food online, wear a mask when the delivery guy comes. Piece of cake.

-18 ( +10 / -28 )

Under the emergency, tougher measures have been taken since late April to curb surging infections.

Are we living in the same Japan, or is the author in some alternate reality Japan with a competent leadership? I am asking as I haven't noticed any measures that can even remotely described as "tough."

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Japan's seriously ill COVID-19 patients hit new high of 1,144

20 worst in the world for this statistics. Most of the countries above Japan have decreasing serious cases, so Japan will move higher pretty quickly.
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Yes I do believe it’s worse than the media are letting us know, but things slip 60 odd aged care patients diagnosed 14 dead waiting for treatment? Bet they regretted paying for health insurance their whole working lives. Limited testing limited beds. The government can hide, but they can’t run from their decision to save face rather than actually do anything, should have a meeting about that.

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How much beds has actually Japan for severely ill patients ?

I have a city like Sendai has only 10 beds

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enquiries.contact@olympic.org (from IOC website)

Here you go. Have at it as I have. Considering letting the IOC know how you feel.

Someone way down on the totem pole will read it but better someone way down than no one at all....

15 ( +16 / -1 )

I see this pandemic as a test to see how competent governments are, how corrupt they are, and just how much they care about the people. It's interesting to watch.

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 I am asking as I haven't noticed any measures that can even remotely described as "tough."

Shops closed, and no alcohol on restaurants for the relevant prefectures and cities.

That’s very tough considering the number of alcohol dépendant here . Imagine going to an Izakaya with your coworkers and ordering the kids drink bar menu, choice between Coke, Orange juice or Fanta. Kanpai !

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That’s very tough considering the number of alcohol dépendant here . Imagine going to an Izakaya with your coworkers and ordering the kids drink bar menu, choice between Coke, Orange juice or Fanta. Kanpai !

Yesterday took the wife to an expensive fish restaurant for her birthday. No alcohol. Green tea and water. Did save some money.

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Is that 1000 more people are in the icu than may 2019 or is it that 1000 people are in the icu with coronavirus instead of something else?

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

You would think that in planning for the Olympics 8 years or so ago that hospital bed occupancy would have been factored in........apparently not.

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Yet, they want to redirect hundreds of Healthcare workers from the general population and make them focus on the Olympics attendants.

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@zichi

Sounds great, hope you both had a lovely time.

In Kyobashi right now, seen some places openly selling alcohol, I did not partake due to taking Covid precautions.

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And I wonder what the breakdown is by age groups? Why is it that the daily infections ALWAYS include the age groups, but NEVER for the "in serious condition"?

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Sense of urgency is a must now. Immediate action is required to save precious lives. Hayaku, hurry up!! Gambare

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Just noticed the pictures is a protest against the Olympics from an hospital. Clearly written. I suppose it is a private hospital. not sure

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Congratulations, I got COVID-19. No vaccines available in this country for the vast majority, I was going to fly to the USA next month for that but now there's no need. Instead, even though my symptoms are not that bad (yet), starting tomorrow I will be forced to be hospitalized for the next 10 days. I wonder how many vaccines a 10 day stay would buy? Probably a lot.

I seriously have no clue how I got it. The longer this goes one and people aren't vaccinated, the more likelihood everyone will eventually get it.

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Kevin:

Hang on in there. Just be grateful you can get a hospital bed. Many have died here because they had no access to beds. What made you get tested?

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Breakdown by age groups for seriously ill for Tokyo for today:

https://www.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/tosei/hodohappyo/press/2021/05/09/documents/press0509-01-01.pdf

20s 2, 30s 1, 40s 6, 50s 16, 60s 23, 70s 15, 80s 8

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People are tired of this non-measure. I mean, what is the government doing aside from doing meetings and eventually just deciding to declare a state of emergency that does nothing?

Even the state of emergency is left on the the people to implement and the government is just talking. All talk, no action.

Frustrating.

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Tens of 1000's of peope are battling this out in their homes right now. Some wards in Tokyo have a 'fast doctor' service and can have a doctor go to the person's home to administer oxygen if required (within 30 mins is promised) Hospitals have not been accepting most covid patients from the outset. For a supposidly 1st world country as far as medical practise goes, this is crazy to see how unwilling the government is to give the manpower and support needed to treat this pandemic seriously. What do they do instead? They fly some aerobatic planes over the city or fire off some fireworks as a symbolic something or other.

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Oh and re the vaccines

https://australiannationalreview.com/health/french-drug-evaluation-center-concludes-all-4-covid-vaccines-should-be-discontinued/

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

It took almo2 years for a wake up call for Japan about how serious n bad this little flu they think of....

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For God's sake, give them the Ivermectin medicine and they will mostly recover.

-18 ( +1 / -19 )

And child in the picture is without mask.

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cool, 10,000 a day for Tokyo with a population of 10,000,000 who needs 2 doses each, which means it would take the Japanese government 2000 days to fully vaccinate Tokyo or more than 5 years.

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Man in the photo can't wear his mask properly, like a number of Japanese people here. It's infuriating.

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Put this jab in any shoulder available right now.

Japan has tons of vaccines waiting in freezers.

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“It's infuriating.”

I wear mine how I want, when I have to. And?

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Considering it's out of a population 126 million, not enough to get hysterical.

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And I wonder what the breakdown is by age groups? Why is it that the daily infections ALWAYS include the age groups, but NEVER for the "in serious condition"?

A news segment I saw yesterday where the reporter went inside an Osaka hospital ICU, the doctor reported a clear rise in the number of seriously ill younger patients.

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There is no talent for The Olympic Medical Volunteers anymore crystal clear.

No any country dispatch nurses& doctors to Japan for the Olympics even much request.

Welcome mood of Olympics completely erasing already .

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@justasking Speak for yourself. Don't feel particularly bothered or frustrated at all really.

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I wear mine how I want, when I have to. And?

@christopher glen

Well done. What's your point?

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CCP China is responsible for this disaster.

Japan and the world has lost 3 million people and counting.

That doesn't include the high suicide rates of people who lost hope.

Doesn't include the businesses and families affected emotionally and financially.

The Olympics have been affected and delayed, possibly cancelled. It has become a source of anger and debate instead of celebrating the games.

China you shouldn't lecture to Japan. You don't have the right to complain when your directly responsible for one of the worst Human pandemic released in over 100 yrs. They are still trying to hide the truth.

China has done 0 to prevent another Covid in the future from affecting the world. They are rising at 9% economically. Lockdowns are over in China. Nothing will change in the future. China has benefited while the rest of the world is in flames and dying.

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Considering it's out of a population 126 million, not enough to get hysterical.

Shouldn't be a big deal, but I don't think the hospital workers are lying. Seems we still have a situation where some hospitals have all the burden.

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So back when this all started, a lot of people were quite critical of the US response here on JT. Since then, the vaccinations started in November and a significant reduction in the CCP Virus has occurred. I find it very hard to believe Japan has not been able to get a handle on this.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations

Nearly 35% of the population is completed in about 6 months. 35% of 340 million people equates to about ~119 million people. Japan has a population of 120 million? Japan could be done by the end of the year if they really push for this, but a million shots a month won't do it.

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..... ""seriously ill""....... and what is Japan's definition of seriously ill, compared with the US, for example? I have a feeling that there are many folks in the hospitals in Japan that might not be in the US........, but at the same time, others should be hospitalized!

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@Christopher Glen

Please do not post information from places like CTIAP it may be a nice fancy sounding group looks or sounds all professionals but in reality it is basically on non doctor calling themselves doctor because they have a doctorate in pharmaceuticals.

There was no research, no True data, false data selectively cherry picked.

This place is known for its anti establishment views, anti vaxxer views and is well known for making false claims on a variety of things.

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@CardinalRed

..... ""seriously ill""....... and what is Japan's definition of seriously ill, compared with the US, for example?

It depends on the prefecture... in Tokyo it means connected to an ECMO (artificial lung) while in Osaka it means being in an ICU

0 ( +0 / -0 )

More of the clown show... now the phone companies are capping phone calls for vaccine appointments (via NHK):

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210510_12/

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