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Tokyo reports 1,240 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,321

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 1,240 new cases of the coronavirus, up 36 from Monday. The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 87,914.

The number (662 men and 578 women) is the result of 6,994 tests conducted on Jan 16.

By age group, the most number of cases were people in their 20s (282), followed by 211 in their 30s, 192 in their 40s, 186 in their 50s, 104 in their 60s, 92 in their 70s and 69 in their 80s. Also, 88 cases were younger than 20 (28 of whom were younger than 10), health officials said.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 155, up 12 from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 1,001.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 5,321. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (737), Osaka (525), Chiba (487), Saitama (421), Aichi (247), Hyogo (218), Fukuoka (200), Kyoto (143), Okinawa (113), Tochigi (94), Hokkaido (92), Ibaraki (66), Gifu (65), Miyagi (61), Gunma (48), Yamaguchi (47) and Shizuoka (40).

104 coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

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Once again close to 20% on a "Saturday watch"!

And again the majority is younger ones.

Response from the government: vaccination not to begin before mid to end of February.

Guess we down here in "inaka" will have to wait a bit loger.

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And again the majority is younger ones.

In my opinion they should first start to vaccine medical staff and older people, but now I think it would be clever also to give priority to the younger people.

Because they are always the majority and will spread the virus during clubbing and dancing.

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

Not making new highs is encouraging! Can't wait for the Olympics.

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Slightly fewer comments early on, I understand it.

Two new slants for me;

We "accept" - well maybe acknowledge - lower testing numbers on weekends here, but WHY are the testing numbers lower? There is, we are told, a pandemic, should not testing be expanded to take account of people's availability to be tested? If it is 10,000 Tokyo tests on a weekday (whether too low or about right, immaterial to my point), why not maintain those numbers on a weekend?

Looking at the (Tokyo) numbers today, I have been expecting a higher male to female ratio. Other posters?

I have finished isolation now and have to say, was reassured having had two tests in the U.K and two on my return (compulsory and free).

Keep the comments going all, even on "quieter" days!

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Japan is doing well but cancel the Olympics.

A bit worried about Kanagawa numbers affecting my surfing turf and friends and families.

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Good Job.

Number of tests falling faster than an object on freefall, Yesterday 8206, today 6994. Won't

be wrong to assume that it is the general trend nationwide.

The media will start telling us the SOE and 8pm restrictions on restos is working magnificiently.

I guess the Yo-Yo show with Covid-19 will continue until the vaccine is widely administered, maybe

the MHLW has given up on testing and counting on vaccines. Testing will lead to more cases being

discovered and more cases discovered will require more welfare staffs to monitor, coordinate

isolation or treatment and more strain on the medical system. Taking the utmost precaution is the only

way out as it is evident even PCR testing that is free for anyone wanting one even in some death poor

developing countries remains difficult here.

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Tests are expensive so no need to overdo it right? My test next week to fly to Florida will cost me 20,000 yen then 200 dollars on the way back. Consider it the coronavirus travel tax.

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Oh @SandyBeach: I will keep posting. But I'd prefer (not that I don't respect them) - that you didn't refer to us all as ALT's

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@Reckless

Yep my UK PCR (required to re-enter Japan) cost me 22000yen, and the "Special" Skyliner plus "Special" taxi cost me 20000yen. Now UK requires one as well to enter (I did not need it)...

However, Japan 3 day hotel isolation, 3 meals a day and 2 tests are (were?) free and the flight was reasonable (with no change booking fees). The airline blocked middle seats of three, too and hygiene kit and shield free...

Keep checking in to post from Florida!

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To everyone complaining about test numbers being low, you can't hide people on ventilators etc so pay more attention to serious cases and deaths as a reliable indicator of the problem. It's creeping up but is still within capacity so not much to worry about yet.

Everyone else is displaying mild symptoms (hence not 'serious').

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

In my opinion they should first start to vaccine medical staff and older people, but now I think it would be clever also to give priority to the younger people.

> I agree with Monty, the younger ones are the ones who need it first. They are gonna be paying for my pension in thirty years so best to keep them all safe and sound.

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WobotToday  05:29 pm JST

To everyone complaining about test numbers being low, you can't hide people on ventilators etc so pay more attention to serious cases and deaths as a reliable indicator of the problem. It's creeping up but is still within capacity so not much to worry about yet.

Everyone else is displaying mild symptoms (hence not 'serious').

Totally agreed and have been bringing this up on other sites as well. No reason to hype up mild cases and incarcerate them per say. Stay vigilant, wash those hands and wear your mask properly in congested areas.

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Why is there always someone on the these forums advocating vaccinating young people first.

Why don't they read the science. Young people do not get seriously ill, let alone die fromm this virus. How many people aged below 30 have died in Japan? - TWO! Look at heavily infected country like the UK and US. The numbers of below 30 compared to above 65 are very very small. Look at every country in the world it is the same. Then there are the repeated report that vaccination will most probably NOT stop people getting infected AND spreading the virus to others . It provides personal protection against getting serious symptoms and dying, a good thing indeed. Why would you vaccinate young people first when effectively they are already immune to serious symptoms and dying and let the old people die.

Therefore simply put vaccinating young people before the old is NOT a good idea and thus countries like Japan and the UK plan to vaccinate the old first. In fact once the old and vulnerable are vaccinated and the risk of serious disease and dying is greatly reduced, the virus will largely revert being more like the common flu even before young people are vaccinated (if they even need to be at all)

Downvote me as much as you like but it doesn't change the science and it doesn't make young people more at risk from the virus or change the facts.

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MontyToday 04:27 pm JST

And again the majority is younger ones.

In my opinion they should first start to vaccine medical staff and older people, but now I think it would be clever also to give priority to the younger people.

Because they are always the majority and will spread the virus during clubbing and dancing

The vaccine only prevents you becoming seriously ill if you're infected. There's no evidence yet that it prevents infection or signifcantly reduces transmission. That's why it's important to vaccinate vulnerable people first.

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These numbers do not include the private pcr test data. More people are using the private clinics now as they are cheaper, quicker and you get your results through faster. I now have 2 friends who received a positive result and are recovering at home. It is unforgivable that the government isn’t including the results of these private pcr tests in their daily data updates.

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Anon99999Today  06:05 pm JST

Why is there always someone on the these forums advocating vaccinating young people first.

Why don't they read the science. 

why don’t you read the science, too?

The long-term effects are unknown in young people (including children), and ‘long-covid’ sufferers are increasing, as are hospital readmissions after a first covid-19 diagnosis:

“The risk of post-discharge illness – such as respiratory conditions, diabetes and problems with the heart, liver and kidneys – in Covid-19 patients was higher compared with the control group. That risk was also greater in younger and ethnic minority individuals compared with those aged 70 and above and white people... Of the 47,780, 29.4% were readmitted within 140 days of discharge and 12.3% died.”

Findings from data from ONS England

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

How I love feeling safe in Japan .Numbers are so low compared to the rest of the developed world

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riri33 . Do you dispute the numbers? Find as many scaremongering stories as you like, but they don't change the numbers. Two people have died below the age of 30 in Japan. The number below the age of 30 is very small compared the aged in the US and the UK. Look at the numbers. Look at the FACTS.

Anyhow despite your arguments that the young should be vaccinated first and are apparently in more danger than the aged, governments around the world are taking no notice of your nonsense and all plan to vaccinate over 65s before the young. Why? Because they simply look at the facts and can see vaccinating the aged will reduce deaths and hospital admissions. Whether to vaccinate the young can be debated after. By then anyhow the with the majority of high risk patients protected the dire situation should be alleviated.

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I want to share a brand new tracing site set by Nikkei. It shows the updates of virus situations across all prefectures in terms of 6 key indicators (in accordance to the state emergency guidelines). So far Japanese only.

47都道府県のコロナ感染 6指標で見る 2021年01月19日 公開

https://vdata.nikkei.com/newsgraphics/coronavirus-japan-infection-status/

I think that the most significant among the 6 indices is the bed occupancy rate "コロナ患者用病床の使用率" for serious patients "重症者".

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More than 100 dead today, a first.

16 in Tokyo.

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Thanks for that site, noriahojanen. Takes a bit longer to grasp than Toyo Keizai's because no English, but does have some info like bed occupancy that Toyo lacks.

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why don’t you read the science, too?

The long-term effects are unknown in young people (including children), 

You want to prioritize vaccinating young people because the long term effects are unknown? I dont think thats science

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*“The risk of post-discharge illness – such as respiratory conditions, diabetes and problems with the heart, liver and kidneys – in Covid-19 patients was higher compared with the control group. That risk was also greater in younger and ethnic minority individuals compared with those aged 70 and above and white people...*

And this part refers to people younger than 70 right? Not young people.

Risk is greater for people younger than 70 compared with those aged 70 and above

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Anyway we dont know if being vaccinated will stop an individual from transmitting the virus.

If a vaccinated individual could still infect others then vaccinating the young ones could lead to a nightmare.

They would then be totally unafraid to go out and party all day and all night

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So we have to vaccinate the most vulnerable first

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So we have to vaccinate the most vulnerable first

I will leave it to the experts. I understand that some older persons may even die from the vaccine itself so there needs to be a balance.

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Here in Hiroshima city we are down to 18 cases (testing is very easy to get) and the s.o.e was extended to February 8th...

Starting to think Melbourne is our city.

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Sorry

Here in Hiroshima city we are down to 18 cases (testing is very easy to get) and the s.o.e was extended to February 8th...

Starting to think Melbourne is our sister city.

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