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Tokyo reports 5,773 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 20,293

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported a record high 5,773 new coronavirus cases, up 784 from Thursday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 4,155.7.

People in their 20s (1,810 cases), their 30s (1,189) and their 40s (955) accounted for the highest numbers, while 802 cases were aged under 19.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was a record high 227, up nine from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,478, up 74 from Thursday.

Nationwide, the number of cases reported as of 6 p.m. was 20,293, topping 20,000 for the first time. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (2,281), Saitama (1,696), Osaka (1,561), Chiba (1,089), Fukuoka (951), Okinawa (721), Hyogo (680), Aichi (638), Hokkaido (454), Kyoto (450), Shizuoka (379), Ibaraki (335), Gunma (252), Miyagi (212), Kumamoto (207), Hiroshima (196), Tochigi (174), Okayama (167), Kagoshima (159), Shiga (155), Mie (137), Gifu (135), Nara (134), Niigata (129), Fukushima (115), Nagano (109), Oita (95), Saga (94), Ehime (91) and Kagawa (66).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 25.

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The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo was a record high 227, up nine from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,478, up 74 from Thursday.

Very concerning, and how many people are told to stay at home and self monitor?

16 ( +24 / -8 )

Public health officials predicted about 6,000 by the weekend and 10,000 by the end of the month.

Going to get worse in the next couple of weeks.

31 ( +34 / -3 )

To find out what the Tokyo government says, you can check this site:

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/

But of course those are just the official numbers.

Wonder how many of those who are forced to self-isolate at home should really be in hospital or ICU!

Anyways, expect the count to go even higher in the days and weeks to come!

People will have to pay the price for their "obon" travels!

11 ( +17 / -6 )

Olympics is complete and the numbers grow soon after. Bach said there is no connection.

But, I wonder...

: - (

14 ( +26 / -12 )

from about 16770 tests

13 ( +16 / -3 )

Today number at 5773 - this number is 1,258 more than last week (last week number was 4515).

Last week Tue number of tests conducted was 14,267 for positive number of 4515, a positivity ratio of 31.6%

Today number of 5773 is as a result of number of tests done yesterday at 12,287 - this works out to a positivity rate of 47%  

Like yesterday again the number of tests have reduced by 1,980 - why is this happening when they did more than 600,000 tests during 17 days of Olympics - isnt that capacity not free and available now? During explosive growth of pandemic isnt it natural to increase testing to find true nature of case numbers?

Only here in Japan this reverse logic works where the number of tests reduce like this

On top fo this we can expect the numbers to drop like every weekend till Mon next week?

29 ( +32 / -3 )

If this number is based on the 15,561 tests done on Wednesday, we get a positivity rate of about 37%. If it's based on the 12,287 tests done yesterday, then the positivity rate is about 47%. Hmm . . .

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Today number of 5773 is as a result of number of tests done yesterday at 12,287 - this works out to a positivity rate of 47%  

On TV they say the tests were around 16,770 (can't recall the exact number), but you say 12,287 - I have no idea who is right.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I think it's well over the numbers reported.

16 ( +22 / -6 )

Great job managing the situation, LDP.

As usual, your self-interests have led to the suffering of the general population.

23 ( +30 / -7 )

The new cases are growing by a thousand a day. What’s the Tokyo government doing about it? Nothing, of course. Lockdown Tokyo!

5 ( +18 / -13 )

Click on "new coronavirus cases" in the first line of this article. Then you will find the numbers of tests.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Public health officials predicted about 6,000 by the weekend and 10,000 by the end of the month.

Going to get worse in the next couple of weeks.

Reckless touched on this point earlier - the number staying at home will continue to increase. Let’s hope as many as possible can get treatment if they take a turn for the worse.

This is concerning. Particularly for those living alone.

I hope we aren’t in for repetitive silliness from those talking about their travels today. Not the time nor place.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

It seems, soon we will be hitting the 10k mark in Tokyo.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

@nonu6976

On TV they say the tests were around 16,770 (can't recall the exact number), but you say 12,287 - I have no idea who is right.

I use the data on this article itself - first sentence of this article on JT has a link - if you click it shows number of tests done are 12,287 yesterday which results in the positive cases for today

Hope this clarifies

10 ( +12 / -2 )

I forget... when did the Olympics end again? And what's the Delta incubation rate on average?

7 ( +16 / -9 )

If you think you have it but know they will make you stay at home, sit out in the sun, get heatstroke, and then you can be admitted. Easy.

14 ( +23 / -9 )

Was anyone really thinking this was going in a different direction..

18 ( +19 / -1 )

Shinkansen- I hope at least 100 follow your advice at get treatment

8 ( +9 / -1 )

JimToday  05:03 pm JST

Like yesterday again the number of tests have reduced by 1,980 - why is this happening when they did more than 600,000 tests during 17 days of Olympics - isnt that capacity not free and available now? 

If I'm not mistaken, antigen test kits were used during the games. They are less accurate than PCR but gives faster result in about 15 to 30 minutes. It's a self-diagnostic kit and don't need PCR machine for the result.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

I have come to the tentative conclusion that there is no number high enough (of cases, severe cases, and deaths) such that certain people will not use that number to declare that there is no problem.

Watch the numbers over the coming weeks…and watch the comments.

21 ( +24 / -3 )

11 782 await hospitalization only in Tokyo.

Awaiting hospitalization, accommodation or home care" are test positives whose hospitalization, accommodation, home care or transfer is yet to be arranged.

Nothing to worry about.

Best to die within family circle after all, if any.

Trend of number of covid cases increased by about 50% compare to all previous waves.

I would not like, to say the least, to be over 65 and have to take the Shinkansen or any train. Russian Roulette, anyone knows ?

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Good thing I don't need to leave my house!

9 ( +11 / -2 )

From the opendata available on the tokyo web site : average daily of tests / positives / ratio based on 7 days

2021-08-01 13 801 3 356 24,31%

2021-08-02 13 974 3 479 24,90%

2021-08-03 14 244 3 660 25,70%

2021-08-04 14 488 3 808 26,28%

2021-08-05 14 679 3 930 26,77%

2021-08-06 14 879 4 029 27,08%

2021-08-07 14 834 4 102 27,66%

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Considering the absolute difficulty getting tested in Japan, why aren’t the infection rates at or near 100%?

I’m thinking there must be a pool of people that require testing on a regular basis to ensure their negative status.

What function is being served from bouncing the number of tested around all the time? My guess is that it reduces confidence in the numbers and thus reduces expectations.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Remind me , how many times did inept Suga pledge to " bring the virus under control without fail " this year ?

that there is no number high enough (of cases, severe cases, and deaths) such that certain people will not use that number to declare that there is no problem.

Indeed... unsurprisingly our resident JT wisdom speaking multiple personality is absent on this topic today..only to resurface in a day or two after cases drop due to decrease in weekend testing.

Great job managing the situation, LDP. As usual, your self-interests have led to the suffering of the general population.

Par for course....plebs never mattered to the LDP daimyos, why start now?

12 ( +14 / -2 )

There are no shortcuts. The Government is really going to regret the Billions they poured into the Olympic fiasco. They will simply need to compensate the population to stay home and shut the country down for a month, while distributing vaccines and making access easier for all.

16 ( +21 / -5 )

Lockdowns...enough of that nonsense.

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

I think it is time for some tougher measures, given how cases have increased, at least for a couple of weeks.

Japan has done a great job getting the over 65s vaccinated (over 88% now have had at least one dose), so hopefully they can get that level of coverage with younger age groups as well.

-14 ( +3 / -17 )

at this stage is doesn’t matter what the numbers are

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

I am so pleased that both my wife and self had two vaccinations each of the Pfizer vaccine, but feel so concerned that want to urgently get their jabs. The silence from our dear leaders is very worrying as they have no real practical solutions to effectively combat this pandemic. They've had 18 months to formulate a what if worst case situation.......what has been planned? Nada, zilch, nothing. All we get is talking heads.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Sadly, I have to admit I have become numb to these figures. I look at the number of cases each day the same way I look at the temperature. Today it's 33 degrees, tomorrow 34 and maybe Sunday 36 degrees.

But I really wish that after vaccinating health care workers, the government would have targeted people in their 20s, 30s and 40s next for vaccination. They've had the highest numbers every day for the past 16 months.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

I’m so sick and tired of being warned, hearing about what people are fearing, warn, fear, warn, fear, it’s just two words these days

-14 ( +7 / -21 )

So, as numbers rise why isn't the government ordering the military to set up field hospitals to help out when the medical system can't cope?

17 ( +18 / -1 )

@Jonathan: Sightseeing taking Shinkansens is probably one of the safest things you can do now in reserved seats. My wife and I know. They are empty as are the many places we visit. Not sure about golden week though. We will travel again from the 22nd and report back.

Jonathan PrinToday  05:40 pm JST

I would not like, to say the least, to be over 65 and have to take the Shinkansen or any train. Russian Roulette, anyone knows ?

-15 ( +3 / -18 )

So, as numbers rise why isn't the government ordering the military to set up field hospitals to help out when the medical system can't cope?

Because it would show the world that the image Japan is trying to project to the world is a huge lie.

11 ( +16 / -5 )

why isn't the government ordering the military to set up field hospitals

Like in many other countries too, nowadays the military is engaged -from humanitarian helping over training of locals up to fighting and even own sacrifice- anywhere else on this planet, but not available at all for the own people in an acute urgent or longer time disaster situation. That’s not unique to Japan.

-11 ( +0 / -11 )

Just come on my phone. 20,000 new covid infections Friday, the first time since the pandemic began. Very disturbing development.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Very disturbing development.

It is. What concerns me most are those who are dealing with Covid at home. Those living alone may include the elderly and infirm. This is serious.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

@Zichi: Just to let you know in case you have not seen this evening's news...Seibu, the big department store/Food conglomerate decided to shorten its open hours from 10 am to 4 pm. Absurd. Crowd them in and all will be well. Really irrational thinking.

I hope the stores in the neighborhood you live in stay open for those nice hours you posted on the other thread.

I would think that the number of cases could drop if we thin out the populous on their essential outings. Don't you agree?

6 ( +8 / -2 )

It is, This is serious@Jimizo 7:10pm “very disturbing developments” indeed.

- “What concerns me most are those who are dealing with Covid at home. Those living alone may include the elderly and infirm and lambda possibly now in Japan.” -

and now, the Paralympics begin with their own roster of physically and immunologically-challenged persons from across the world.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

preposterous!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Meanwhile, the final preparations are going ahead for the delayed Fuji Rock festival to be held next weekend.

WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP to stop such craziness?

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Someone asked about the incubation period. It is 4-5 days on average, with a mean of 11.5 days.

Take any holiday and add two weeks to that date. That would cover that particular spike end to end. Numbers should increase until end of August, beginning of September and taper off. That is if all and any return to protocols. Otherwise it will just continue to burn through until it flames out due to vaccinations. The path of the virus, however, is not exponential it is stochastic and random. So it increases within a range.

One can extrapolate the number - to determine a close proximity of actual cases. Probably, 24,000 +/- infections is more accurate for today's official numbers, based on the number of almost 6,000.

The lambda and delta variants - the Pfizer vaccine is effective against those and other variants, as in Moderna. Unknown about the others, though it has been asserted in some studies J & J, AstraZeneca are not as effective, but still ward off the the variants of the virus by a decent percentage.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

11 782 await hospitalization only in Tokyo.

Awaiting hospitalization, accommodation or home care" are test positives whose hospitalization, accommodation, home care or transfer is yet to be arranged.

2 days ago it was 18K were officially at home and the situation of a further 12k was still not decided and not included in the stats thus obscuring the stay home numbers.

The number of recover at home is now closer to 40K from the past 2 days.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

@Richard Gallagher

1.) So it has an average of 4-5 days....but a mean of 11.5 days to show symptoms. So based on a pool of people, the average of incubation period is both 4-5 days and 11.5 days?

2.) "The lambda and delta variants - the Pfizer vaccine is effective against those and other variants, as in Moderna."

This is false, Pfizer has been shown to be 42% effective against delta and Moderna is 76% effective. Reports have shown that Lambda is vaccine resistant.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

For Those Seeking Vaccination Sites in Japan,

https://v-sys.mhlw.go.jp/search/

Find an inoculation venue| Corona Vaccine Navi | Ministry of Health, (mhlw.go.jp)

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Protect the vulnerable and let people live their lives. The Government has no right to hinder society with endless lockdowns. Its causes mass social crisis that are way more deadly than the virus. Depression, suicide, domestic abuse, child abuse, alcohol and drug abuse. Its destabilizes society and creates economic uncertainty and risks millions of jobs. Enough of the lockdowns.

Get the vaccine if your worried and stop telling me how to live my life.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Treatment drugs so a sick person can stay home with loved ones.

No treatment drugs - hospitalized and maybe never see your loved ones again.

I’ve always said - treatment drugs!

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Reports have shown that Lambda is vaccine resistant.

No, that's a lie. I already pointed this out when you posted the same thing from a different account,

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Get the vaccine if your worried and stop telling me how to live my life.

But of course, if you get infected, you will be crying for an ambulance to come and get you. Am I right?

10 ( +13 / -3 )

People who actually know how the corona virus infections spread will clearly see the link between the surge in infection rate in Japan and the Olympics! There are lots of factors in play such as the incubation period, the reliability of the spit test which was done for the athletes and officials, the in and out movement of the Olympics volunteers who interacted with the local communities as well as athletes, the masks worn by many in athletes and officials not being the N95 grade but just cloth. It just takes one infected person to spread it to another and it just spreads rapidly from there! It’s a deadly PANDEMIC and sporting events of such magnitude should never have been held!

0 ( +5 / -5 )

I'm just wondering at what point these "95% effective" vaccines start to bring the number of new infections down.

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

I'm just wondering at what point these "95% effective" vaccines start to bring the number of new infections down.

When a much higher than the current 35% of vaccinated population is reached.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

35% along with probably about 10% who have recovered and have immunity. So almost half the population (supposedly) has immunity and that does nothing to decrease the rate of spread?

Not sure where you pulled that 10% from.

But let's get a few things straight.

Even in countries with over 60% numbers are rising, contrary to false information put out by anti vaxxers the vast majority of cases are among the unvaccinated.

One country that anti vaxxers often falsely claimed has 90% of infection being vaccinated people the real facts were these:

As of August 8, the ministry recorded 85.6 severe COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people among the unvaccinated over the age of 60, compared to 16.3 per 100,000 people among the fully vaccinated. This makes the unvaccinated elderly more than five times as likely to experience a severe case than their immunized counterparts.

Simply put Delta is far far more contagious and with the majority of people not vaccinated it will spread faster and easier.

As for Lambda it is far less contagious than Delta do by that simple fact for now less of a concern.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

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