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Japan lifts COVID overseas travel alert for entire world

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Great news

the World Health Organization declared Friday that the pandemic no longer constitutes a public health emergency of international concern.

Like it or not, the WHO is the world authority on the pandemic. Anything they say, I listen to.

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Japan lifts COVID overseas travel alert for entire world

Finally Japan realize that Japan not that special with the rest of the world in term of COVID infection.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/11/10/national/eighth-covid-wave-expectations/

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It's over, great !!..

Thanks Japan for all your efforts..

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So the bureaucrats have finally realised that Japan is actually part of the world.

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The airports can't cope with the amount of traffic as it is.

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So the bureaucrats have finally realised that Japan is actually part of the world.

THAT will never happen. They just want their pockets filled.

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Great new that people will feel better about seeing the wonderful world again and experience different cultures, sights, sounds and tastes.

I just hope people leave their secular veils of submission at home, so they don't cause unnecessary rubbiish or microplastic pollution in other people's country and environments.

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Great news, Japan's official case count Monday May 8th - only up 86% from last Monday May 1st!

It's known real count likely at least 10x higher, so likely close to 100k infected today, remember most, 80-90%, have no symptoms, so no reason to get tested.

Plus, most with symptoms convinced it's just spring Flu or under no circumstance will seek out testing. Though they'll happily go meet friends, elderly parents etc.

New XBB variant, lots escape qualities, why cases rising!

World class research/Lancet Medical Journal on excess disease and death due to prior infection worth read.

Normal life always entails risk mgmt. after all.

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It's about dog-gone time!

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Hope this news reaches my neighborhood in East Osaka soon. Still plenty of covod precaution signage, rules, plastic screens, masks, hand gels everywhere. Oh and a poster outside city hall from 2020 asking people who have recently visited Wuhan, China to contact health authorities.

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over cautious japan finally catches up with the rest of the world lol.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

Fantastic! Today I went to Starbucks in Hiroo and all the silly clear barriers that were suppose to protect us from the virus are gone! Progress……

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Unfortunately, the pandemic over here has been allowed to mutate into a psychological virus now, and it's in deep. The masks, the disconnect, and the unconscious background fear of the other are here to stay. Papers will be written.

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it's known real count likely at least 10x higher, so likely close to 100k infected today

Sounds reasonable. 100k new infections, would be about 1M currently infected. Still no extreme numbers...

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Useless measures one would have thought.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Have to agree with the statement above @Ricky Kaminski13! The mental issues to come from this were deep before it, and worse off now.

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About time.

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At my local hospital now. All the screens have been removed.

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The CDC,the world's premiere medical investigative unit,would concur.

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It's about time! Now, start lowering the airfares.

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It's about time! Now, start lowering the airfares.

Sadly that's linked to the war in Ukraine and the OPEC countries manipulating the markets to keep fuel prices high

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As I have said from day one that Covid was here to stay and that it a virus that is not going anywhere. I was thumb down I guess I know where those thumbs are now!

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When the Japanese aircrews take off their masks then we will be making true progress

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At least Japan listened to the world medical authority, the CDC.

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At least Japan listened to the world medical authority, the CDC.

The CDC is not the world medical authority, that would be still the WHO.

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I expect that when things such as carbon credits creep their way into society, the carbon factor will propel prices even higher for carbon intensive travel.

There will be less people able to travel, unless incomes or someone's wealth can match. Much like it used to be in the 1970s and 1980s, air travel will be come less affordable for most people or familes as has been the case of cheaper international travel over the last 3 decades.

This is what many people wanted and voted for though, so can't expect much different to come along.

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Not according to the experts:

Which experts say the CDC is the world's authority and not the WHO?

To make that claim you need a reference to prove it.

It is considered by many to be the gold standard for national health agencies and has a wide global reach, with staff in dozens of countries.

The following part says clearly "It has regularly worked in tandem with the World Health Organization to respond to international health concerns"

That means the CDC is using the authority of the WHO as a reference for their own international activities, that would be the case since the WHO is the global authority in public health, not a national one as the CDC itself recognizes (being the gold standard still means it is at a national, not global, level).

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Oh the CDC is absolutely known for it being the premier health authority. It actually is an authority in the US, and has legal powers. The WHO has no binding authority. In the world. Zero.

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Oh the CDC is absolutely known for it being the premier health authority.

But you presented exactly zero references for it. It would be the same as someone else saying it is known for being a subpar national agency. Without a reference to prove it it is just a baseless claim.

The WHO has no binding authority. In the world. Zero.

Do you understand the difference between legal and scientific authority? they are not equivalent. The value of both WHO and CDC is not based on how much legal powers they have but what they represent scientifically.

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Do you understand the difference between legal and scientific authority?

Do you?

One has an actual impact that can be implemented (legal authority), the other is theoretical (scientific).

The CDC has both--legal and scientific authority. Its scientific conclusions result in legal impact.

The WHO on the other hand has zero legal authority and its scientific opinion is just that--opinion.

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