Doctor Toshiaki Minami, director at Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital, works with his colleague in the operation wing of the hospital, in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, on May 17. Photo: REUTERS/Akira Tomoshige
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Osaka hospitals buckle under COVID-19 onslaught

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On ‘the same JT front page’ mind you, there’s”Plenty of doctor’s and nurses’ with spare time to volunteer ‘elsewhere’?

- “About 80% of the medical staff needed for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have been secured, organizing committee President Seiko Hashimoto says. Some people have criticized these doctors and nurses, saying they will be desperately needed elsewhere in coping with the pandemic.”

Of course, contrasted with this gem:

- “Over 50% of nurses at COVID hospital wards have considered quitting” -

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Not enough ICU beds.

Overworked medical staff.

People with the virus dying at home.

And much more!

When will the government finally accept the fact that those Olympics are a NO-GO?

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Glad those tens of millions of vaccines are in cold storage safe and secure just in case.

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What a mess. Japan really isn't in a position to host anything at the moment, except the virus. Disappointing, embarrassing and frightening.

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The Japanese government needs to hang its head in shame. It was clear what was happening in other countries, and it failed to take the necessary steps to make sure Japan was ready for whatever happened to reach these shores.

The official government figures seem to suggest that the number of positive cases here are relatively low - yet medical systems are collapsing. How could that be?

Either the numbers are significantly higher than is being made public, or the government criminally underprepared, or both. Whichever way you want to state it, spin it etc. the Japanese government has done an absolutely awful job, and the people should kick them out at the earliest opportunity.

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Where in the hell is the JSDF? They could build field hospitals, provide extra doctors and nurses.

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The variant can make even young people very sick quickly, and once seriously ill, patients find it tough to make a recovery, said Toshiaki Minami, director of the Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital (OMPUH).

No no this is not true. The last research on the B.1.1.7 based on better data are clear. No changes in reported symptoms or disease duration associated with this variant were found. No evidence was found of an association between severe disease and death and lineage (B.1.1.7 vs non-B.1.1.7) including for analysis adjusted for hospital, sex, age, comorbidities, and ethnicity. The idea that this variant affects more the young population is therefore totally false. This kind of disinformation is not helpful really.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00170-5/fulltext

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(21)00055-4/fulltext

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Infections thankfully falling in Osaka and the vaccine will start to make a different soon. The light at the end of the tunnel is here.

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The highly infectious British variant and slipping alertness have led to this explosive growth in the number of patients."

"Slipping alertness?" No kidding, you have a government that is pushing for an international sporting event to take place, and at the same time, telling people to stay home.

If it's OK to hold the Olympics, why is it a problem for me to go out to my favorite izakaya or take a trip to Okinawa?

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hey Suga did you wake up already?

still want to proceed with olympics even nobody wants?

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Infections thankfully falling in Osaka and the vaccine will start to make a different soon. The light at the end of the tunnel is here.

You predicted 50 million vaccinated before the Olympics and that the warm weather will end Corona.

I’m not sure which tunnel you are looking through.

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Not really Akula. Number of reported infections is falling because they are testing fewer people. Number of tests is down about 20% this week and lower in May than April for some reason. If they allowed convenient and free testing for example at drive throughs then they might get a number closer to the real number. And that real number are stating to show up at hospitals now.

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10,000 a day. It will take 8.5 years to complete Tokyo at that rate. I'm pretty sure Windham County, Vermont can do 10,000 a day...

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 vaccine will start to make a different soon

Vaccines won't start to make a different (sic) soon. All the other countries of the world hasn't seen a drop in cases until 40% of population got vaccinated. Japan, at what we know today, is years away from that.

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Osaka had more deaths than Tokyo back in January, before the current wave supposedly destroyed it's medical system. It's just a combination of many elderly and a bad system to begin with.

Anyone that has called an ambulance will also know that they are notorious for taking forever in finding a hospital. In fact, my wife already had a hospital she was registered with when she had a near miscarriage in Osaka, yet we still had to wait for about an hour before they started driving there.

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Infections thankfully falling in Osaka and the vaccine will start to make a different soon. The light at the end of the tunnel is here.

No, vaccines are not doing anything, only the reduced people flow did that. Japan won't be able to get vaccine levels to 70% for years to come. If you are in the general population and want a vaccine before 2023, you have to travel to a foreign country. It is doubtful after next year Japan would even offer efficacious vaccines next year after the approval of the untested domestic vaccines.

Japan can vaccinate at 200,000 on average (due to very low vaccinations during weekends and holidays), you can go ahead and calculate how many years it would take for Japan to finish vaccinating the population.

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Japan can vaccinate at 200,000

And the 200,000 is not the general population, but ad hoc vaccinations of select groups (e.g. medical professionals). Setting up general vaccinations is a completely different logistical challenge.

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Minami said a supplier recently told him that stocks of propofol, a key drug used to sedate intubated patients, are running very low, while Tohda's hospital is running short of the ventilators vital for severely ill COVID-19 patients.

‘That is a state of emergency alone

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I feel we should be objective about the situation in Osaka. Let’s talk about all the things that J gov got right —— sorry could you speak up I cannot hear you !

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Don't worry Osaka! Hang tight! The Olympics are coming and will SAVE US ALL!!

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Japan to send oxygen concentrators, ventilators for India’s Covid-19 response

A statement from Japan’s foreign ministry said the emergency assistance was being sent to India in response to the current surge in infections

I wonder why they are running out of ventilators. Can someone explan to Suga why people are going to die bevause there are ventilators.

Imagine Japan dropping the ball on EVERYTHING they do.

Suga: IndiaThe Japanese

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This article reached international media let's see if this does anything to change the minds of our inept government. In addition, my friend who works at the kuakusho has told me this virus and the number of people that are dying at home are being under reported on and try avoid going out as much as possible. Tomorrow morning, I will go out and do all my shopping and errands and try avoid anymore outdoor activities for 2 days after that and I recommend for everyone who can do this to try.

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The highly infectious British variant and slipping alertness have led to this explosive growth in the number of patients."

Now it is time to blame the British. When will Japan stop segreation and just say "COVID19" instead of trying to place the blame on another country. If you notice you will never see a "US Variant". Japan knows if they say that there will be consequences.

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No, vaccines are not doing anything, only the reduced people flow did that. Japan won't be able to get vaccine levels to 70% for years to come. If you are in the general population and want a vaccine before 2023, you have to travel to a foreign country. It is doubtful after next year Japan would even offer efficacious vaccines next year after the approval of the untested domestic vaccines.

Japan can vaccinate at 200,000 on average (due to very low vaccinations during weekends and holidays), you can go ahead and calculate how many years it would take for Japan to finish vaccinating the population.

Wow, you sure pack a lot of misinformation into one post.

No, vaccines are not doing anything,

Notice the original poster said "soon". Elderly vaccinations are supposed to be done by July, so it isn't unreasonable to hope critically ill patients, which are mostly elderly, will be much fewer by then.

Japan won't be able to get vaccine levels to 70% for years to come

Do you really believe that?

If you are in the general population and want a vaccine before 2023, you have to travel to a foreign country*

Never read that either.

It is doubtful after next year Japan would even offer efficacious vaccines next year after the approval of the untested domestic vaccines.

Japan doesn't test domestic vaccines? First time I heard that, too.

Japan can vaccinate at 200,000 on average (due to very low vaccinations during weekends and holidays), you can go ahead and calculate how many years it would take for Japan to finish vaccinating the population.

Which is why they already said they are upping the number to around 1 million per day. Do you really think that is impossible when they've done over 300,000 on some days already before the mass vaccination centers started popping up?

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Hospitals in Japan's second largest city of Osaka 

That's a little confusing as the article seems to be referring to Osaka Prefecture. (Kindai Hospital is not in Osaka City.) It makes the numbers a little difficult to grasp when the context isn't clear.

(Either way, whether city of prefecture, it's the third largest.)

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Which is why they already said they are upping the number to around 1 million per day. Do you really think that is impossible when they've done over 300,000 on some days already before the mass vaccination centers started popping up?

That is what they said, but did it happen??? No.

As i said, it will average 200,000 per week, because 300,000 every day is not sustainable for the Japanese system. There will be some days with 300,000, but there will also be some days with just 30,000.

Japan reaching 1 million a day vaccination is laughable. I would be shocked, absolutely shocked, if Japan can even achieve HALF of that number by end of this year.

By the way, the vaccinations were outsourced to Nippon Travel Agency, so you are going to tell me a travel company will somehow manage to properly plan and handle the cold-chain logistics of pharmaceuticals???

Japan doesn't test domestic vaccines? First time I heard that, too.

Shionogi vaccine will be approved on a 200-subject Phase 1/2 trial end of this year. A 200-subject trial for a vaccine approval is pretty much the same as untested, since you cannot prove efficacy or safety with that type of N number.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/65c458ed84ef745ac7cb218dfa2c673a83e4589d

https://www.yakuji.co.jp/entry83586.html

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The "designated" hospitals are getting full. The simple solution is to designate MORE hospitals! This will involve paying the private hospitals enough for them to want to be "designated". There is no shortage of ventilators or ICU beds either. Just poorly coordinated resources.

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Notice the original poster said "soon". Elderly vaccinations are supposed to be done by July, 

Lots of things were ‘supposed to be done’ already. My city hasn’t started sending out vaccination notifications to the elderly yet. July is looking more than a little optimistic.

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That's a little confusing as the article seems to be referring to Osaka Prefecture. (Kindai Hospital is not in Osaka City.) It makes the numbers a little difficult to grasp when the context isn't clear.

(Either way, whether city of prefecture, it's the third largest.)

No surprise they are in such a rush to spread fear and win over JT readers that they can't get basic facts right.

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"The highly infectious British variant and slipping alertness have led to this explosive growth in the number of patients."

Yep. Now is the time to blame a foreign variant and the plebs for not obeying confusing and contradictory instructions.

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The New York Times revealed that Yan Limeng was willing to accept the manipulation of Bannon and Guo Wengui, through Bannon's influence in the far-right political groups in the United States and Guo Wengui's media power (the power of money), to create and publish false information about the epidemic without factual confirmation of the source of the epidemic to get votes for politicians

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That is what they said, but did it happen??? No.

That was a goal they just announced a couple weeks ago. You expect it to happen overnight?

As i said, it will average 200,000 per week, because 300,000 every day is not sustainable for the Japanese system. There will be some days with 300,000, but there will also be some days with just 30,000.

How you came to that conclusion makes no sense. Low weekend/holiday counts can't bring the per-week average down to 200,000 when every regular weekday is over 200,000. They had over 200,000 first-time shots each weekday announced so far last week (no data for Friday yet). If you count 2nd shots the total is over 300,000 per day. The previous week had several days under 200,000 (first time), so there is some improvement there already.

Japan reaching 1 million a day vaccination is laughable. I would be shocked, absolutely shocked, if Japan can even achieve HALF of that number by end of this year.

I'll be sure to call you out when it happens.

By the way, the vaccinations were outsourced to Nippon Travel Agency, so you are going to tell me a travel company will somehow manage to properly plan and handle the cold-chain logistics of pharmaceuticals???

NTA are only one company, and help book people for vaccinations and provide call centers for their questions. They don't handle the vaccines themselves as far as I know.

Shionogi vaccine will be approved on a 200-subject Phase 1/2 trial end of this year. A 200-subject trial for a vaccine approval is pretty much the same as untested, since you cannot prove efficacy or safety with that type of N number.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/65c458ed84ef745ac7cb218dfa2c673a83e4589d

https://www.yakuji.co.jp/entry83586.html

I believe you misunderstood it. The 200-subject trial consists of only Japanese people. If you read other reports on the matter, they are trying to do a large-scale trial with worldwide participants, but are struggling with that as they are late to the party. Either way, we have no idea if this vaccine will be approved.

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Infections thankfully falling in Osaka and the vaccine will start to make a different soon. The light at the end of the tunnel is here.

You predicted 50 million vaccinated before the Olympics and that the warm weather will end Corona. I’m not sure which tunnel you are looking through.

@Bob Fosse, I think I can guess which particular 'tunnel' anyone who thinks that is looking through (up) ;)

Personally, if the director of a hospital who is there and living it every day says that the medical system is collapsing, then believe them. Your life could be in their hands.

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I'll be sure to call you out when it happens.

All elderly vaccinations by July is already impossible. Put me on your list too.

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I wonder, which medications are being used to treat the patients?

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@daito_hak

 Did you actually read the study:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099(21)00170-5/fulltext

However, the authors recognise that this finding is not incompatible with an overall increase in disease severity, and they still conclude that B.1.1.7 is likely to be associated with increased hospitalisation and death.

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Japan could've used a certain drug starting with "I" to protect and treat people against this disease, but there's not enough money to be made from it. Lives be damned.

Some interesting papers:

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33795896/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33259913/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33480414/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDtdtxAdwyA

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@Gooch

World Health Organization (WHO) sponsored African Programme

Seems an Unreliable programme we all know (WHO) and China are linked and have been causing misinformation all through the covid situation.

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That the system cannot scale up is a sign of a broken system. (Apologies for the repetition but) when my kids were young, the older one had an ear Infection (no! You don’t say!). The pediatrician said “I am not an ear nose and throat specialist. I said “You did go to medical school, right? You have studied the human ear, correct and then I took her scope off the table, had a look for myself (I have no medical training but have seen it several times before) and told her to write me a prescription.

This is all hands on deck. The JMA has to throw the rules out the window and scale up.

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I have lived in Osaka for years. Durig the first two SOEs, people did everything asked of them for the most part. This latest SOE, I think everyone just reached their breaking point and only a minority of citizens stayed home.

Basically, no change.

But the numbers have steadily decreased (according to reports) the past couple of weeks. However, we still dozens of COVID related deaths reported daily and continue to see articles about hospitals being overwhelmed.

BY WHOM?

How are these falling numbers resulting in greater death and hospitilization rates?

I have felt for a long time that the Tokyo numbers are being manipulated, but only recently have I begun to feel that Kansai's results are now also being carefully controlled.

I just don't buy it any more. Call me a conspiracy theorist, or an idiot, but things just don't add up.

There must be someone that will eventually come out with information proving that things are not on the up and up, and I truly hope anyone and everyone involved gets their just desserts.

None of this bowing and groveling for a bit only to step out of politics and into a cushy position on some company's board of directors. I want the guilty parties to waste away in prison for their complete lack of care for humanity and their ovwrwhelming greed.

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Amazing, isn't it? In Britain, we are plagued by the Brazilian and South African,m and now the new bogey-virus, the dreaded Indina Variant. In Japan, you have the British Variant! Brazil probably has the Saharan Variant. New Zealand probably has the Greenland variant.

And isn't it amazing, how the original 'Wuhan' variant has never been isolated, so how the heck can they tell if all these other 'variants' are in fact any different from the 'original'?

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Japan propaganda to make Tokyo look like no problem with covid before Olympics and let Osaka take the hits of covid while Tokyo every thing is fine

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Japan could've used a certain drug starting with "I" to protect and treat people against this disease, but there's not enough money to be made from it. Lives be damned.

Why be coy? You could be saving lives! Why waste time posting here about it when you could be wearing a sandwich board and carrying a big sign outside the ‘big pharma’ offices? Don’t give up so easily!

But since you’re here, tell me, which other countries had verifiable success using this certain “I” drug?

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GdTokyo: The JMA would do better to throw the Franken jabs out the window, and stick to Ivermectin, HCQ, Vitamins D3, A and C, and Quercitin.

Why do the majority of medical professionals ACROSS THE GLOBE disagree?

Oh, silly me, it’s a conspiracy isn’t it?

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Bob FosseToday  07:06 pm JST

Japan could've used a certain drug starting with "I" to protect and treat people against this disease, but there's not enough money to be made from it. Lives be damned.

Why be coy? You could be saving lives! Why waste time posting here about it when you could be wearing a sandwich board and carrying a big sign outside the ‘big pharma’ offices? Don’t give up so easily!

But since you’re here, tell me, which other countries had verifiable success using this certain “I” drug?

Read the linked articles and watch the video. That's what they're for. Or does your expertise preclude you from having to do so?

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Read the linked articles and watch the video. That's what they're for. Or does your expertise preclude you from having to do so?

Your post history precludes me from having to do so.

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Paul_BarbaraToday  07:08 pm JST

*@ GdTokyo: The JMA would do better to throw the Franken jabs out the window, and stick to Ivermectin, HCQ, Vitamins D3, A and C, and Quercitin.*

To paraphrase St Greta, how dare you stray from the narrative!

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Bob FosseToday  07:30 pm JST

Read the linked articles and watch the video. That's what they're for. Or does your expertise preclude you from having to do so?

Your post history precludes me from having to do so.

Your loss, not mine. But you might learn something.

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I wonder, which medications are being used to treat the patients?

Yes! I'd love to have some info on that. We get countless daily articles about the vaccines, as if that is the ONLY thing that can save us. But we never hear about treatment, except for an occasional update on the Avigan trials.

Definitely, if ever I get covid I will insist on getting HCQ-azithromycin or invermectin. I really hope they will be available.

Just in case, I do regularly take quercetin + zinc and in winter also vitD.

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Whatever the next excuses that prevents them from getting to the elderly people done in July

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Oops I hit the post button too soon..

Whatever the new excuse is that prevents the next target date from occurring, you can be sure that it will all be someone else's fault, certainly not anyone in Japan, though.

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Healthy care in Japan was always not strong. Now this pandemic is showing how this system is crumbling.

There are countries with worse cases but barely keep there heads up. Japan has a long way to go.

Still in Japan people are saying to stay away from foreigners to prevent the spread. Still this makes me tired how ignorant some are.

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Well as if nobody saw all of this coming...best is yet to come.

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Definitely, if ever I get covid I will insist on getting HCQ-azithromycin or invermectin. I really hope they will be available.

You are going to insist and hope? Sounds scientific.

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I have to wonder if the international attention this article is getting will have any effect on the politicians and bureaucrats so ineptly running the country.

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Japan could've used a certain drug starting with "I" to protect and treat people against this disease, but there's not enough money to be made from it. Lives be damned.

USFDA: Why You Should Not Use "I" to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/why-you-should-not-use-ivermectin-treat-or-prevent-covid-19

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Gets more and more exciting every day, don't it!

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I don't understand this article because in Osaka the occupancy rate of beds for serious patients is only 86% right now? The worst time was early May when capacity was exceeded, which was over 2 weeks ago: https://covid19-osaka.info/

Also today only 218 new cases were recorded, the lowest since late March. Cases have been on a downward trend since early May

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Not enough ICU beds.

Overworked medical staff.

People with the virus dying at home.

And much more!

When will the government finally accept the fact that those Olympics are a NO-GO?

But but as Bach and his JOC puppets keep reminding us...those athletes have an Olympic dream" so we should sacrifice a bit. No joke this has echos of WW2 thinking, peasants to be sacrificed because the " elite " have a plan and they are not changing that an inch. Plebs be damned.

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So below the screaming headline about "buckling" under an "onslaught" we read this:

By Thursday, 96% of the 348 hospital beds Osaka reserves for serious virus cases were in use. Since March, 17 people have died from the disease outside the prefecture's hospitals, officials said this month.

348 infection ward beds for a metropolitan area of 20 million is ridiculous. So behind this 'buckling" and "onslaught" that the hysterical article puts in the headline, the real story is simply about a lack of hospital beds. 348 beds would be too little even without any pandemic, even with Japan{s generally very healthy population.

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The Olympics will bring all the COVID variants into Japan just when we need them most. Maybe they'll even bring a bonus Deadly Black Fungus.

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All elderly vaccinations by July is already impossible. Put me on your list too.

Never mentioned that one. You aren't the first one to change the topic on me, though.

100% of anything is difficult, as it is up to the individual to actually go out and get vaccinated. So I'm not even really sure what the "all elderly" target implies, but I read somewhere 85% of municipalities think they can accomplish it.

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Well done Japan, keep that Big Pharma poison away from your people. Don't follow the herd. What would be even better would be to treat patients with any number of reliable cures that for one reason or other we're not allowed to mention.

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Platinum results from Golden Weeks as the numbers increase! This doesn't surprise me at all

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Looks like Japan will be trading Olympic stadium seats for hospital beds.

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How are these falling numbers resulting in greater death and hospitilization rates?

No mystery here. The numbers just started falling recently. It takes a couple of weeks for covid patients to get seriously ill and die. Then add the fact that this article is probably a couple of weeks late as well. Much better than their claim of Osaka as Japan's second largest city, which is about 50 years too late.

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Thankfully we have the olympics and japanese logic to save us all.

Oh and the media!

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Oh and thankfully those with their anti any one else's opinion view point.

Hey we dont all subscribe to being the crash test dummies in the 2020's pal and having the vaccine pushed into onto us, sorry to disrubt your wa, we had the vaccines in the 50's 60's etc but this is different.

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Bring back bach n coates and them other idiots in the lympic committee and lets expose em to the real situation, then see how they deal with things.

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"Some of them are racking up 100, 150, 200 hours of overtime, and that has been going on for a year now...when on duty, they sometimes go home at one or two in the morning, and go to bed only to be awakened by a phone call at three or four."

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_Doubling_Plan

When we start to see burning ghats along the banks of the 淀 and 大和川; that’s when we’ll know we’re close to collapse.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FrBeH5JdOyE

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Bring back bach n coates and them other idiots in the lympic committee and lets expose em to the real situation, then see how they deal with things.

You mean show them how everyone is out and about despite the SOE? Yeh, sure that'll change their minds.

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"The highly infectious British variant and slipping alertness have led to this explosive growth in the number of patients."

The highly infectious British variant being infectious in every part of the country except Tokyo and it's neighboring prefectures. A miracle indeed.

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348 beds in a city if 9 million people. They should be absolutely ashamed how inadequacy they have prepared.

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US State Department just issued "Do Not Travel" travel advisory for Japan. Japan is Level 4 now.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/japan-travel-advisory.html

Japan Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory

May 24, 2021 Japan - Level 4: Do Not Travel

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Never mentioned that one. You aren't the first one to change the topic on me, though.

100% of anything is difficult, as it is up to the individual to actually go out and get vaccinated. So I'm not even really sure what the "all elderly" target implies, but I read somewhere 85% of municipalities think they can accomplish it.

I read somewhere that elderly vaccinations are supposed the be done by July. What was the source...oh yeah, you wrote it.

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I read somewhere that elderly vaccinations are supposed the be done by July. What was the source...oh yeah, you wrote it.

So you can't tell the difference from one post where I wrote "supposed to be done" and a completely different post where I wrote "I'll be sure to call you out when it happens". Great...

Japan reaching 1 million a day vaccination is laughable. I would be shocked, absolutely shocked, if Japan can even achieve HALF of that number by end of this year.

I'll be sure to call you out when it happens.

@blahblah222, @Bob Fosse

What is this +497,001 I see at https://www.yahoo.co.jp

Already at half a million??

Couldn't be!!!!

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fish10Today 12:50 am JST

348 beds in a city if 9 million people. They should be absolutely ashamed how inadequacy they have prepared.

These are ICU beds reserved for Covid-19 critically ill patients.

Hospital beds in Osaka reserved for COVID-19 are 6337 beds.

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Yes Doctor, those virulent FOREIGN strains from England and India are surely to blame! There is no connection at all to the infection increases and only 2% of the population being vaccinated, right?

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Zoroto

Vaccines won't start to make a different (sic) soon. All the other countries of the world hasn't seen a drop in cases until 40% of population got vaccinated

Seychelles got 60% vaccinated and has seen an increase in "cases".

"Cases" of course of a disease with an infection mortality rate of 0,05%. Yep, must be treated like Ebola or the black plague.

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And what does this say, what does it indicate? Osaka would probably be hosting some Olympic-related activity during the Games.

Here's all the evidence you need, Suga. Postpone them again. Lives, health and welfare are more important than profits. Be a man and call them off!

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What is this +497,001 I see at https://www.yahoo.co.jp

Already at half a million??

Couldn't be!!!!

How long did it take the reach that number?

1 million a day, so it must have been between breakfast and lunch.

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My area have started making appointments for the first vaccination yesterday for over 75 year olds.

A friend’s husband made his appointment today after visiting the hospital in person because the phone lines and internet were jammed.

He will get the first shot on AUGUST 9th. August 9th...

Under 75 year olds meanwhile will have to wait longer.

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AkulaMay 24  04:40 pm JST

Infections thankfully falling in Osaka and the vaccine will start to make a different soon. The light at the end of the tunnel is here.

It's a long, long tunnel and we are moving at a snails pace. You need a telescope to see that light.

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Why so many commenters on JT seem to twist everything back to the Olympics?

If they cancel or postpone it, do you really believe it will be the silver bullet to fix everything?

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Why so many commenters on JT seem to twist everything back to the Olympics?

Because it’s the biggest event in the world, it’s the most expensive Olympics ever ‘held’ and it’s during a once in a century pandemic. Seems noteworthy.

If they cancel or postpone it, do you really believe it will be the silver bullet to fix everything?

I don’t believe anyone has said or believe that. Visiting the doctor doesn’t suddenly cure you of all illnesses but it’s better than not going.

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Regarding ivermectin, which Internet “medical experts” round the world and here are boosting without real evidence: Results from the largest randomized clinical trial to date were released in March 2021. NO impact on patients treated with Ivermectin was found for even milder forms of Covid disease.

Bottom line: Ivermectin did not shorten the course of Covid disease as measured by reducing the symptoms of Covid or shortening the course of the disease. However if you have Roundworms, I’m sure you’ll be pleased after using Ivermectin.

Metformin, an oral medication for Diabetes, is one of a number of medications now being studied for possible benefits in reducing Covid symptoms.

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I don’t believe anyone has said or believe that. Visiting the doctor doesn’t suddenly cure you of all illnesses but it’s better than not going.

Visiting a doctor if you have the common cold is almost certainly a waste of time.

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> Bob FosseMay 25  09:27 pm JST

Why so many commenters on JT seem to twist everything back to the Olympics?

Because it’s the biggest event in the world, it’s the most expensive Olympics ever ‘held’ and it’s during a once in a century pandemic. Seems noteworthy.

So if there was no pandemic, you would have supported the Olympics?

My point is, almost when ever there is an article about Covid, the same people on here predictably twist it to the Olympics.

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Visiting a doctor if you have the common cold is almost certainly a waste of time.

Comparing the pandemic to a common cold is certainly a waste of everybody’s time.

So if there was no pandemic, you would have supported the Olympics?

Yes.

My point is, almost when ever there is an article about Covid, the same people on here predictably twist it to the Olympics.

That’s not a valid point. This above article references the Olympics several times.

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Bob FosseToday  03:26 pm JST

So if there was no pandemic, you would have supported the Olympics?

Yes.

That's encouraging to know that you've been a supporter of the Olympics up until the pandemic and are not simply exploiting the current situation (as some appear to be doing).

Would you support postponing the games until 2022?

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Would you support postponing the games until 2022?

At this point no. The mismanagement, arrogance and absurdity of the situation have led me to conclude that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would be best forgotten. They had a chance and screwed it up at every turn.

Try again next time.

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Cancel the Tokyo Olympics because Osaka is showing an increase in "cases."

Yeah, that makes lots of sense.

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When are Japanese celebrities and "influencers" going to start pushing these untested, fast-tracked "vaccines?"

Maybe we can get Suntory or Asahi to give out beer like Budweiser is doing in the U.S.

Will Mr. Donut give out free donuts if you get "vaccinated?"

I've got an idea! Why doesn't Yoshinoya give away a free Gyudon if you get the shot?

Great idea.

Good thing these "vaccines" can stand on their own merits!

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Ivermectin is being used in Japan.

And it's effective.

https://www.yomiuri.co.jp/choken/kijironko/cknews/20210427-OYT8T50019/

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOFB25AAL0V20C21A1000000/ 

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/000646531.pdf

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Ivermectin is being used in Japan.

And it's effective.

The paper you shared, on page 25, states Ivermectin has NOT been proven effective or safe and asks that a further studies be taken before using Ivermectin.

But you knew that paper was a year old right? Right?

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The paper you shared, on page 25, states Ivermectin has NOT been proven effective

Ask the thousands of doctors who have used it to save patients. Their experiences and testimonies are what really count.

But I'm sure you would rather people NOT know about Ivermectin so they can continue to walk around in fear. Good on ya!

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