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Tokyo reports 158 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 629

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Tuesday reported 158 new cases of the coronavirus, up 56 from Monday. The number is the result of 2,449 tests conducted on Oct 24.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 30,285.

The number of infected people in Tokyo with severe symptoms is 33, up four from Monday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 629. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most number of cases were Osaka (142), Kanagawa (64), Miyagi (45), Chiba (44), Aichi (35), Saitama (29), Hokkaido (27) and Okinawa (23).

Four coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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158 new cases of the coronavirus, up 56 from Monday. The number is the result of 2,449 tests conducted

So out of all tested 1 out of 15 or 16 is positive

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yeah I get the point. Japan has made it nearly impossible for people to get tested as a 1/3 of the population can't afford to take time off if found positive since they are not full time workers. They test positive and they will be forced to stay home, quarantine without pay.

That's of course if they have the money to pay 20,000 yen or more for ONE TEST. LOL!

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Don't worry about getting a test later. Just pretend that everything is ok.

Ostridge Syndrome and all that

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The constant 150 - 250 per day in Tokyo for 4 months shows that the health ministry is just skimming an agreed number every day from the truth. 150 - 250 per day in Tokyo for 4 months has no sense of pattern. Either the contagion reduces or it increases.

Covid-19 doesn't remain on a similar number of new positive cases every day for 4 months in one of the largest most congested cities in the world where commuters cram into transport. How come only Japan has this nonsensical pattern of cases?

There is a much larger mountain hidden behind these "Olympics at any cost" numbers.

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I would like to be able to believe that we are in Japan doing a way better job than other countries, however it will never happen due to very limited testing, as discussed over and over again - nothing new here.

People should do their best to avoid spreading and act as the pandemic is active in Tokyo too.

It makes me concerned to see so many of these new “masks” (?!) that is nothing more than a piece of plastic in front of the mouth as these is not efficient due to droplets going everywhere and is anything but fashionable - if that is what people are trying to be with it.

On the TV it might look ok but not in real life!!

I hope to not see this becoming an actual trend otherwise not only covid but also other winter viruses like influenza will see an increase in cases AGAIN for dropping the ball toO early and believing in these “158 daily cases” and the “Japan miracle”.

Please stay aware, do not drop the ball specially now that the cold weather is starting to hit and... please keep wearing NORMAL masks!

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Could someone ( Aly R ? ) give me a brief rundown on the testing system in Japan. After many years in Japan I am out now, in Australia.

Persons with no symptons, with symptoms, where to get a test ?, free or not ? Differ by city and/or prefecture?

You may be aware our State governments plead with residents to get tested, free, so that the results are a fair indication of the virus in the community.

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Persons with no symptons, with symptoms, where to get a test ?, free or not ? Differ by city and/or prefecture?

> 2,449 tests conducted on Oct 24.

2449 test in a city of 15 million. That should give you an idea what it takes to get tested in Japan. Hint: no tests unless symptomatic for at least 3 days, unless you pay A LOT.

State governments plead with residents to get tested, free, so that the results are a fair indication of the virus in the community.

LOL. That's not happening here. Not with the Olympics being the focus.

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So out of all tested 1 out of 15 or 16 is positive

What really is mind blowing to me is that you deleted 2449 with 158 then posted the result and got 8 votes up.

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You may be aware our State governments plead with residents to get tested, free, so that the results are a fair indication of the virus in the community

There is no such thing as free test. It is tax money.

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that the results are a fair indication of the virus in the community

Yeah, a fair indication of virus in the community for the week.

What about the week after ?

And what do you do with the results ?

Lockdown ? At what point do you stop testing ? When do you open the borders ?

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Go japan you got this, the envy of the world right now and justifiably so!

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The constant 150 - 250 per day in Tokyo for 4 months shows that the health ministry is just skimming an agreed number every day from the truth. 150 - 250 per day in Tokyo for 4 months has no sense of pattern. Either the contagion reduces or it increases.

Or this just shows that the virus has become endemic and that it is not as contagious and as deadly as the media craze had us believe in the beginning of the year.

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@Bo

Go japan you got this, the envy of the world right now and justifiably so!

Yes, and also the pet peeve of part of the foreign community who believe that massive testing followed by another lockdown (sorry, state of emergency) will help eradicate the virus.

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Japan has made it nearly impossible for people to get tested as a 1/3 of the population can't afford to take time off if found positive since they are not full time workers. They test positive and they will be forced to stay home, quarantine without pay

Completely false information. For this too you've got votes up. Something isn't right is it mods ?

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Not with the Olympics being the focus.

So what is the point then ?

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Go japan you got this, the envy of the world right now and justifiably so!

I don't think so. You seem to be unaware that in East and South-East Asia, Japan ranks about 15th at the moment in terms of the number of deaths per million of the population and about 13th in terms of the number of confirmed cases per million (and that's with the ultra-low amount of testing done here, where again Japan ranks about 10th in this region in the number of tests per million of the population and about 150th in the world).

The media here constantly ignore this, instead focusing on comparing Japan with the situation in Europe and the US, prompting the illusion of the "Japan miracle" as @AG earlier put it sarcastically.

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Correction: "in terms of the number of deaths" should read "in terms of the lowest number of deaths".

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Correction: "in terms of the number of confirmed cases per million" should read "in terms of the lowest number of confirmed cases per million".

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Covid-19 data. From the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

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

Number of hospitalized people reported yesterday: 1037.

Number of hospitalized people reported today: 934.

Day-over-day change: -103 persons

Mild-moderate and Serious symptoms data. They are already included in the total number of people hospitalized. It should also be remembered that data on severe symptoms are already reflected in the Japan Today article. And there is no need to mention them again in the comments.

934 people hospitalized in Tokyo Prefecture for coronavirus. This is the main indicator, that the epidemiological situation is quite controlled. We must remember that around 14 million people live in this prefecture.

The health managers are doing an excellent job. And there is no reason to criticize them.

Things are going very well.

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This spoon-feeding of made up numbers must end.

Any idea of when are we gonna make a real massive PCR testing to know the real number of infections?

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@bokuda

Any idea of when are we gonna make a real massive PCR testing to know the real number of infections?

Never!

Because it doesnt make any difference if you know the real numbers of infections.

We all have to continue our lives, earn money, bring food on the table. If the infection numbers are only 1 or 1.000.000.

Makes no difference to our personal lives.

Just do your best personal prevention.

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The Japanese government is simply NOT testing because they think that if they don't test then the numbers will be low and the Olympics can happen. Talk about broken logic since those same Japanese government officials have no control over how the virus will act inside Japan or more importantly out in the rest of the world were they can NOT controlling testing numbers and results. It is actually quite sickening to think that people in control of a country can be so stupid and even worse that the citizens of a democratic country just let it happen without challenging it. It is beyond shoganai!

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Unfortunately, while Metropolitan Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures appear to remain stable, Hokkaido, Osaka and Okayama have all seen increasing case in the last week or so, leading to an overall upward trend for all Japan in active cases:

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

'Fortunately', deaths remain stable at this stage. At this stage, whatever the strategy of the Japanese government, I sincerely hope it prevents, or is equipped to deal with, any future surges. It would be irresponsible to assume that this is over because we have had stable numbers for a month.

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garth: Correction: "in terms of the number of deaths" should read "in terms of the lowest number of deaths".

Right, because we all know that Japan doesn't test the dead for 'the virus' so those numbers are as skewed as the low tested numbers. At this point one can only surmise that the Japanese government is hiding the real numbers. Is it for the Olympics or for a matter of Japanese pride? Either way, it wouldn't make any sense.

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Japan has something like 300 new cases compared to America's 80,000.

Masks work!

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