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Tokyo reports 194 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 563

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Wednesday reported 194 new cases of the coronavirus, down 18 from Tuesday. The number is the result of 858 tests conducted on Sept 27.

By age group, the most infections were people in their 20s (46), followed by 44 in their 30s and 32 in their 40s.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 25,738.

The number of infected people in Tokyo with severe symptoms is 21, down two from Tuesday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 563. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (79), Osaka (59), Chiba (34), Saitama (28), Aichi (26), Okinawa (26), Kyoto (15), Hokkaido (16) and Hyogo (15).

Six coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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858

Truly appaling.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

@Zoroto

858

Truly appaling.

...and 194 cases of that miniscule 858 is extremely worrying.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

While countries that are suffering the “second wave” like Germany and France are testing +2 per thousand people, Japan is testing at a rate of 0.11 per thousand.

https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus-testing

The most Japan tested was 0.22 a few months ago during the “peak”.

858 tests with such high positive rate is worrying.

I also wonder if these 858 tests are inclusive of the international arrivals, as these have been increasing recently and each passenger is being tested upon arrival in Tokyo/Japan.

If so then its reasonable to conclude that no common citizen/resident is being tested, or no more than only a handful of people.

I wonder what kind of message we want to send to the world with such lower testing rate.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

These numbers have been plucked out of the air since July. They just select what they want to see.

We may as well choose tomorrow's numbers. 117 anyone? 147 sound good to you.?

16 ( +19 / -3 )

Just my unhappy opinion:

The message is clear. The Government were open about it.

'The Olympics must take place at any cost.'

To achieve that Japan needs to continue to lower testing and continue controlled spread through the community.

Once Flu season starts guess what the diagnosis will be for anyone with covid 19 like symptoms.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

With the death rate so low I think there is no imperative to test excessively.

-12 ( +7 / -19 )

I disagree Reckless, Covid has many other negative effects.

Widespread testing is important and the foundation of strategies that are proving effective in combating the virus.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Widespread testing is important and the foundation of strategies that are proving effective in combating the virus.

Such as? Whipping up unnecessary hysteria that ruins economies? Again, if there were a lot of deaths like in NYC or Italy then I would agree with you.

-10 ( +6 / -16 )

25% of those tested were positive. Hello?

13 ( +15 / -2 )

@Reckless. Correct and Correct. However, I do believe that you are sadly wasting your breath.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

I agree with spinningplates, with the Olympics back in play Japan will do everything possible to keep testing at a minimum. Criminal behavior.

10 ( +14 / -4 )

Reckless what is the death rate in Japan from August. Comparison to 2019. Bet you don't know.

Forget checking the official Covid death rate. These will be hidden in deaths by pneumonia and respiratory failure. Get the numbers from August, compare to 2019, then you'll get an idea.

But I'm still waiting for you to produce the August mortality number for Tokyo and comparison to 2019.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

The Olympics must take place at any cost.'

To achieve that Japan needs to continue to lower testing and continue controlled spread through the community.

Except I believe this will bring exactly the opposite effect. People are not stupid, notwithstanding some of the regular posters here -- they will see that there is no way to know the real situation on the ground, and they will not believe the official numbers.

Who wants to take a bet which country will be the first to pull out of the Olympics? New Zealand or Canada again?

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The number of active cases in Japan has been decreasing constantly since the start of Obon (about 10,000 lower today).

https://covid19japan.com/

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

Once again, if you missed it....The best results can be obtained when testing the whole population, what explains huge testing numbers and also makes sense in all those highly affected countries, or on the other end of the scale, only testing those few cases which are obviously infections and in addition have quite a high probability to turn out as COVID-19 because of some already known specific symptoms. Any other testing volume inbetween doesn’t make so much sense, because of partly rather bad specifity and sensitivity values of the test methods. Now, this in mind, Japan does a quite good job with little testing, because of the low numbers of infected people in general, and not to forget the costs for all those testing. Other countries may have much higher infection rates and therefore make that effort to test as many people as possible. That also makes sense, but there, not here.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

The number of active cases in Japan has been decreasing constantly since the start of Obon (about 10,000 lower today).

https://covid19japan.com/

The mild and asympthomatic will get well bringing down the number and with testing so low

the number of positive cases will never exceed the number recovering.

I think even an elementary school kid can figure that out.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

OMG!!! Only 858 tests!!! Man is this a joke or what is it?? I went to Saizeria for lunch today and it was jammed packed. I’m confused with this virus. It’s either deadly or not or false.....

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Now, this in mind, Japan does a quite good job with little testing, because of the low numbers of infected people in general, and not to forget the costs for all those testing. Other countries may have much higher infection rates and therefore make that effort to test as many people as possible. That also makes sense, but there, not here

Too me and any thinking the Japan has high infection rate, don't understand how anyone would say

194 positive cases out of 858 test is not high infection rate. How do you know whether the infection is spreading or not if you are not testing? Yeah, Japan is doing fine narrative isn't going to earn Japan a gold medal for doing fine. It isn't a competition to see who is doing fine. It is a race to bring the virus under control

and to do that testing is a must else it will be a never ending issue as the asympthomatic cases will continue to

move around infecting others, don't really know why it is so difficult to understand.

Talking of Cost of testing, last time I checked Japan was still the 3rd largest economy in the world, even

3rd world countries without the resources are testing.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

How do you know whether the infection is spreading or not if you are not testing?

If you have new cases everyday then you know that the infections is spreading. As for the rate you could use the number of tests also the morbidity. Also primary school children can do this. Not sure you can tho.

It is a race to bring the virus under control

It is definitely not a race to bring the virus under control using testing in Japan.

as the asympthomatic cases will continue to move around infecting others

Not as much if they and the people around them wear masks.

Japan was still the 3rd largest economy in the world, even

3rd world countries without the resources are testing.

Unlike other countries most of the people in Japan follow the government recommendations . Unlike other countries people here have their priorites right aren't stubborn and really try their best to slow the spread.

The 3rd world countries maybe testing more but controlling the virus likely isn't the reason. I would not be surprised if there is some dodgy deal behind.

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

Tokyo reports 194 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 563

Amazing

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Japan has not ‘beaten the virus’. It’s endemic in Japan and elsewhere.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

OK, now I know why you guys want to stay in Japan. Based on the above numbers, I would want to stay in Japan as well.

I don't think these people are gaijin living in Japan actually. Staying in Japan while complaining all day long about lack of testing doesn't make any sense.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Covid-19 data. From the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

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

Number of hospitalized people reported yesterday: 1159.

Number of hospitalized people reported today: 1165.

Difference between yesterday and today: +6

Mild-moderate and Serious symptoms data. They are already included in the total number of people hospitalized.

Hospitals are following a stable trend. This is good news.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Went to baseball tonight, it was sold out so like it or not people are over it.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

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