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Japan expands virus state of emergency, restrictions to more prefectures

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Officials said 2,995 were hospitalized, about half the current capacity of 6,000 beds, with some hospitals already full.

How about some context for such figures? 6000 beds for a city of 20 million is shamefully low, it surely is possible to increase that. So is this a crisis of a virus infection or of hospital management?

As for the lethality of the infection, here are the Corona deaths for the last few days (as per Tokyo govt website):

july 22: 0 (zero), july 23: 0 (zero), july 24: 1 (one), july 25: 0 (zero), july 26: 1 (one), july 27: 1 (one).

And for that people want to shut down a city?

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"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.

Not a surprise here. Just a bunch of hot air from a politician's empty mind.

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Suga, Nishimura, Kato, Koike, . . . sound like a broken record.

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Japan is set to expand the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo to neighboring areas and the city of Osaka on Friday

So just to clarify...the SOE that's absolutely useless and ineffective in Tokyo is being replicated elsewhere...yep, makes sense LDP govt - style, if something doesn't work at all, let's expand it elsewhere... brilliant.

The emergency measures focus on an alcohol ban at eateries and karaoke bars and their shortened hours, but they have become less effective because people are only requested to stay and work from home.

That's some funny bs indeed....people are requested to work from home" by whom? ....apart from foreign companies and a handful of progressive local exemptions most J- companies require staff to rock up to their desks everyday ..how else can you man the fax machine and stamp hankos on paper ?

"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.

Yep, indeed..it's only been a year and a half ...let's not rush things. How about setting up another geriatric expert panel to discuss a response,?

Noting that adults in their 30s or younger dominate recent cases, Koike reminded them of following basic anti-virus measures including mask-wearing and avoiding having parties, urging them to "share the sense of crisis."

And please do all of the above and " share the sense of crisis " whilst watching the 100 thousand plus Olympic crowd hanging around sightseeing and the LDPIOCJOC elites enjoying the restaurants and bars. Oh and don't forget to vote the super efficient LDP at the next election. Yoroshiku.

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Japan is about to expand SOE - but but the horse has already bolted.

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If those figures are to be believed after a year of a global pandemic, then Japan is not doing badly compared to Europe and USA

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they literally have no idea, do they..... what a bunch of tossers!

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No, no, you all don't understand. This time it's for real. They're going to ask us really nicely to comply with it. Heck, they might even ask with mild sternness.

Anyway, it looks like China's starting to stretch its lead at the top of the medal table, so we need another distraction.

I've never been a major proponent of civil disobedience - been involved in a few low key protests in my life but nothing radical or violent - but I wouldn't blame the people of Tokyo (and the other areas) if they gave the government one giant middle finger and went about their business as usual.

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more posturing. stay responsible and enjoy living your life to the full.

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then Japan is not doing badly compared to Europe and USA

for god's sake, stop with this rhetoric, you don't compare same systems, Japan has never been exhaustive and transparent with covid data

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"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday,

Like a vaccine?

> without elaborating.

Meaning no plan or solutions at all..........as usual.

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Zzzzzzzz

One more week till holidays.

Man made viruses and rushed vaccines…stress me out.

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If those figures are to be believed 

That "if" at the start is doing more heavy lifting than the combined efforts of every weightlifter competing at the Olympics.

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A government panel approved the plan putting Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba prefectures, as well as Osaka, under the state of emergency from Monday until Aug. 31. The measures already in place in Tokyo and the southern island of Okinawa will be extended until the end of August.

You don't need a government panel for that. Most sane people and people watching the foreign media have been saying this consistently for a year.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is scheduled to officially announce the measures later Friday.

Never leave important decisions and announcements for late Friday. Then it looks like you're afraid to announce an unpopular decision and run away from work.

Tokyo has reported 3,300 new cases on Friday, the fourth day in a row the number has surpassed 3,000. The cases have doubled since last week, and officials have warned they may hit 4,500 a day within two weeks

The important word here is "reported". We don't know how many cases go unreported because of the Olympics and we don't want to appear to the world that we don't have it completely in hand like some developing country.

Many cases are not even tested because they do not look severe, and at this time the disease is often suspected to be from air conditioning.

Officials said 2,995 were hospitalized, about half the current capacity of 6,000 beds, with some hospitals already full. More than 10,000 others were isolating at home or designated hotels, with nearly 5,600 waiting at home while health centers decide where they will be treated. Tokyo is also setting up a facility for those requiring oxygen while waiting for hospital beds.

If you think about it, it indirectly confirms the previous assumption.

If they say they have half of their 6,000-bed capacity full, 10,000 people are at home in isolation and 5,600 are waiting for hospitals to open... This in itself is a rather weak capacity.

The emergency measures focus on an alcohol ban at eateries and karaoke bars and their shortened hours, but they have become less effective because people are only requested to stay and work from home. Many were defying the measures as they have become tired of restrictive life and less cooperative even at a time when the more infectious delta strain is spreading.

And again it is indirectly pointed out that it is only alcohol, karaoke bars and shortened opening hours that are to blame. What about public transport? That has gotten worse in my opinion, as many people are now in an even bigger hurry to get home or to catch their favorite business before closing time.

"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.

I guess another round of endless meetings, government panels, surveys, discussions.. They will be confused as to why the current situation has arisen, they will consult again for a long time... Yet they already have a solution for over a year, just look abroad and learn from their mistakes.

And the best for last

Noting that adults in their 30s or younger dominate recent cases, Koike reminded them of following basic anti-virus measures including mask-wearing and avoiding having parties, urging them to "share the sense of crisis."

Well, of course, since people under 30 still have to wait until either the vaccines arrive, or the time for vaccinating the older people has passed, etc. Half-empty vaccination centres full of staff, support staff, staff pointing out where to go, other staff standing with signs, different staff making arrows, other staff directing traffic,...

They remind me of Homer Simpson in a nuclear power plant - just press a button and see what happens.

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and officials have warned they may hit 4,500 a day within two weeks.

Does one of these clowns know what exponential growth means?

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WilliBToday  04:57 pm JST

Officials said 2,995 were hospitalized, about half the current capacity of 6,000 beds, with some hospitals already full.

How about some context for such figures? 6000 beds for a city of 20 million is shamefully low, it surely is possible to increase that. So is this a crisis of a virus infection or of hospital management?

As for the lethality of the infection, here are the Corona deaths for the last few days (as per Tokyo govt website):

july 22: 0 (zero), july 23: 0 (zero), july 24: 1 (one), july 25: 0 (zero), july 26: 1 (one), july 27: 1 (one).

And for that people want to shut down a city?

Glad somebody around here understands the meaning of context.

Do the "authorities" even look at breakdowns of data beyond raw "case" counts and consider who is actually falling ill by age range? Doubt it. Maybe if they look here they might learn something.

https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html

And what are they doing about treatment? Can't they give people anti-virals once they test positive or start showing symptoms? You know, the ones whose names shall not be spoken here? If people want to get the jab, I won't stop them, as long they give informed consent.

But the government's unwillingness to allow doctors at local clinics to dispense with these proven safe, cheap and effective anti-virals without risking the loss of their licence smacks of outside pressure to push vaccination at all costs. Even at the cost of lives that could be easily saved.

https://www.worldviewweekend.com/tv/video/dr-peter-mccullough-dangers-covid-vaccine

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If those figures are to be believed after a year of a global pandemic...

They're not. Test suppression is the name of the game. Speaking of which, I wonder if the number of daily tests on the Olympics bunch and assorted hangers on is greater than all the tests in Tokyo (pop 13m), and the 20m-odd plus in the greater Tokyo area...? I know many are lateral-flow tests, which is handy when you are shooting low, but still...

Also, how are the numbers being fudged now we are in the thick of the Olympics? Is Johnny Foreigner being counted in with the rest of us? Do those dastardly police from Hyogo who let the side down and went positive while on duty get marked down for Tokyo, for Hyogo, or for neither? What about all the other accredited bods? Can they be fobbed off on local areas or do they get counted as hits for Tokyo? So many fascinating questions to ponder.

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Perhaps as they sat around the conference-room table in their green ‘work uniforms’, Koike murmured:

“ANY ideas what to do??” … (crickets chirping)

Then, she exclaimed:

Damnit’! Come on, folks! Someone? Anyone? Anything! We have a press conference in 5 minutes”…

Governor, we could stall them some more.”

“Good answer! We’ll do that!” (again)

- “We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, …

… without elaborating.

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The new super-duper-special-quasi-ultra-state of emergency, focusing only on alcohol, restaurants and bars, and the totally impractical work from home.

Just like the other four SOEs and quasi SOEs before it...

"...we have to come up with new measures that are effective!"

In the meantime, the IOC TV broadcast circus in Japan continues to vacuum up huge sums of money.

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State of Emergency? What's that?

Don't you know the Olympics are going on?

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Is Tokyo Disney closing this time, since it's in Chiba? Or only allowing in Olympic visitors?

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Case numbers look really high but at the same time we all can't suddenly ignore the ultra-low number of Covid related deaths over the past month that trends downward. We can assume it is because most of the elderly are vaccinated. It is important not to over-react to 4 digit numbers of cases unless we can be certain that this is going to be the end of Japan. The science isn't settled on this disease, especially Delta. Everyone needs to stop being so hyperbolic.

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I mentioned previously the other day my son who contracted the virus got rejected by 3 hospitals. Well the next day his grandpa who he was staying with also got feverish and started having breathing problems. So called the ambulance who took him to 4 hospitals in Chiba and they all rejected him. The ambulance administered oxygen for couple hours was the only recourse. Some friends also infected recently experienced the same thing in Nerima Tokyo. Unbelievable worst than a 3rd world country.! Goodluck getting treatment!

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He can say state of emergency until he is blue in the face. No one is listening to him. People are even allowed to attend some events. Campgrounds are packed, riverside full of people, main shopping areas packed, and road jammed with cars. Obviously the government will have to get serious but if they do then it would have to apply to Olympic Athletes and staff as well. And of course we can have that. I stand by my original words; The Olympics is a big mistake.

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What SOE? This photo looks like another day of ‘business’ in a ‘shopping alley near Ueno station’. - (Anyone else notice the blue T guy walking with the conspicuous bank envelope? He seems to have the black T-shirt guy’s attention, perhaps wanting to offer directions of a nice place to relax, eat & drink?

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"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.

And what were you doing for past 18 months? Twiddling your thumbs, burying your neck in the sand and hoping this is go away?

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WilliB

Officials said 2,995 were hospitalized, about half the current capacity of 6,000 beds, with some hospitals already full.

How about some context for such figures? 6000 beds for a city of 20 million is shamefully low, it surely is possible to increase that. So is this a crisis of a virus infection or of hospital management?

Due to (more peacetime) regulations, in Japan, only designated hospitals should take care of covid patients while the vast majority clinics have stayed away from the full-fledged virus warfare, quite unwilling to provide beds and other resources. Medical professionals, especially in private sectors remain uncooperative of the state policy although they have enjoyed a fast-track priority to get vaccinated.

Unbelievably, medical associations are still resisting in reforms for better response to covid (such as online diagnosis) while some top officials breached the regulation by partying and dating in public.

It is rather outrageous when these medical guilds keep threatening the public with "healthcare collapse" story, call for stronger measures on contact businesses while they continue to exempt themselves from government requests (to provide beds, etc.). Burdens should be shared by all public sectors for the common cause.

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Ran into an American down at our Bronze Medal winners home turf. He had no mask on, and also had around his neck a pass as a volunteer worker for the Olympic Sailing Pavilion.

I asked him if he got his vaccine with a jump in the line. He said they offered it and he refused it. Anti Vacer

What?

I thought all volunteers had to get vaccinated.

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"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.

And what were you doing for past 18 months? Twiddling your thumbs, burying your neck in the sand and hoping this is go away?

Mods: the following is a comparison, using popular culture, based on the context of the comment made above.

I can't but think of that classic line from The Simpsons when Sideshow Bob is holding Springfield to ransom and Mayor Quimby says

"We will not negotiate with terrorists.

Is there a nearby city which will?"

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noriahojanenToday  06:13 pm JST

Due to (more peacetime) regulations, in Japan, only designated hospitals should take care of covid patients while the vast majority clinics have stayed away from the full-fledged virus warfare, quite unwilling to provide beds and other resources. Medical professionals, especially in private sectors remain uncooperative of the state policy although they have enjoyed a fast-track priority to get vaccinated.

Slightly different tilt, but the doctor at the private medical clinic where I get my covid test to be able to fly to the US told me the Japanese government wants to take credit for the vaccinations, which is why the smaller clinics do not give the shots.

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"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.

This is exactly the kind of bold, dynamic thinking needed in this dire situation. Remember when you had another bold, dynamic idea?

KYODO NEWS - Oct 30, 2020 - 21:22 | All, Japan, Coronavirus

The capacity of novel coronavirus testing in Tokyo will be increased to about 65,000 per day by early December, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Friday.

"We will make sure that necessary tests can be conducted swiftly," Koike told a press conference, referring to the plan that is part of preparations for the twin-threat of the COVID-19 illness caused by the novel coronavirus and seasonal influenza.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/10/7c15eb69a30b-tokyo-to-boost-capacity-of-covid-19-testing-to-over-60000-per-day.html

That went well, didn't it.

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How long are they going to draw out these SOEs? Are they intent on destroying small businesses for fun, when the government could easily allow doctors to treat this disease early and keep people from having to take up hospital beds in the first place? Something stinks.

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All you people complain about the government not doing anything and then complain when they put restrictions. They can’t magically make the problem disappear without the cooperation of the public.

The government is not here to babysit you. Follow the same guidance they give every single day and the numbers will go down. Ignore it, the numbers go up.

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@snowymountainhell

- “We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, …

… without elaborating.

Exactly, like all these opinion polls about the Olympics:

Do you want to cancel?

Do you want no spectators?

Do you want "additional measures" being taken? The latter one without ever mentioning what this would actually mean in practice.

If this actually means something, it would also mean that they are not currently doing their best / the most. Why?

If there is nothing to actually add to what they are already doing, then this option is pure BS/spin.

So which one is it, Koike?

Tomin First did not get wiped out during the last Tokyo election, but I actually wonder how Koike herself (who won in a landslide last year!) would fare if the elections would have been this year?

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Absolutely pointless, the citizens of Tokyo have already spoken and said loud and clear they intend to fully ignore it, do you honestly think that Osaka especially, or Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama give a flying f&#@?

Only difference, I went to Enoshima today, beach shacks stopped serving alcohol. So, conbini still sells it, order beach shack food to go, get conbini beer, consumer win, save money. Beach shack mega loose, won't be back under same owner next year because last month of season no one will use it.

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for god's sake, stop with this rhetoric, you don't compare same systems, Japan has never been exhaustive and transparent with covid data

Neither has China but have never heard you or most others blame them for starting all of this.

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Case numbers look really high but at the same time we all can't suddenly ignore the ultra-low number of Covid related deaths over the past month that trends downward. We can assume it is because most of the elderly are vaccinated. It is important not to over-react to 4 digit numbers of cases unless we can be certain that this is going to be the end of Japan. The science isn't settled on this disease, especially Delta. Everyone needs to stop being so hyperbolic.

Steve, if you're going to make another sockpuppet account, at least try and find a different writing style.

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"We need to come up with measures that are effective," Tokyo Gov Yuriko Koike told a regular news conference Friday, without elaborating.

How long has Koike been attending the over publicized meetings where rows of green and purple workers diligently stare into computer screens?

Just what has she been doing???

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"alarming development that is different from anything we have seen before."

But damn well saw coming.

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Continuing on recent post my son is infected. So i did a PCR test from the Suginamiku hokenjyo today and it came out negative I asked is the vaccine available they said yes. Can I get it right now? No they said i have to wait two weeks. I said you just tested me negative in two weeks I might become infected. No rules are rules. Well I said it doesn’t make sense it’s stupid. Sorry they said come back in two weeks to test again! So frustrating!

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I am afraid it's a little too late, back in late May to Mid June when India was in flames and the Delta vires was spreading, Japan and the rest of the world were warned about what is coming our way, and Japan did nothing.

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What a waste of SOE strategy that kept failing these idiots don’t learn from failure and repeats the same crap. Japanese had enough with the BS. Good luck and continue to fake numbers going down as a result off a useless SOE how pathetic

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What ever.

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