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Tokyo reports 221 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 803

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Thursday reported 221 new cases of the coronavirus, up 50 from Wednesday. The number is the result of 6,187 tests conducted on Oct 26.

By age group, the most cases were people in their 20s (58), followed by 48 in their 30s.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 30,677.

The number of infected people in Tokyo with severe symptoms is 29, down one from Wednesday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 803. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (125), Aichi (87), Kanagawa (71), Hokkaido (53), Chiba (43), Saitama (39), Okinawa (32) and Okayama (31).

Seven coronavirus-related deaths were reported.


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GoTo campaign now bringing it back home.

6 ( +23 / -17 )

The Tokyo numbers haven't really moved up or down, but numbers in the regions seem to have increased a bit which is a concern. Okayama had a lot of cases today.

1 ( +18 / -17 )

GoTo campaign now bringing it back home.

yup

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the most cases were people in their 20s (58), followed by 48 in their 30s.

Why? Young people doing party?

Anyway, is the Halloween Party at Shibuya canceled?

2 ( +17 / -15 )

Anyway, is the Halloween Party at Shibuya canceled?

No way Monty. See you there!

8 ( +19 / -11 )

So glad Japan is owning this virus, unlike back home in Europe. Won't be going back home for a while that's for sure.

-9 ( +14 / -23 )

@Darnstadt

Would you, or someone explain the reasons why is Japan owning the virus?

I have done so much research and cannot find ANY valid reason for the numbers to be low apart from the good old “Extremely low number of tests”.

15 ( +21 / -6 )

So glad Japan is owning this virus, unlike back home in Europe. Won't be going back home for a while that's for sure.

You can say that again! I came from the States, and yeah lol I won't be going back, far too embarrassing. I regret nothing moving to Japan.

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As in related links, Japan has had a relatively less draconian approach to managing this and yet the numbers of infections (which is anyway not a massively relevant number) as well as the number of hospitalisations and the mortality rate have all (to date anyway) been relatively low.

Maybe lockdown mania isn't the only way to deal with this?

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so - just 3.5% of those tested. If GoTo was really spreading this, I think the numbers would be far higher. Loving GoTo. Pay your tax, get some back supporting businesses that need it. Have SEVERAL trips booked.

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You can say that again! I came from the States, and yeah lol I won't be going back, far too embarrassing. I regret nothing moving to Japan.

@Merryanne: Oof yeah that's tough.. But glad you're loving your new home, you won't be disappointed. I think this year has really highlighted the underlying weaknesses in a lot of our home countries and unfortunately most of these weaknesses are innate and likely unfixable. So incredibly disappointing..

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I have done so much research and cannot find ANY valid reason for the numbers to be low apart from the good old “Extremely low number of tests”.

There is lots of vitamin D in Japanese foods. The people wear masks in large numbers, and are used to washing their hands regularly and using cleanser when entering/exiting stores. There have also been questions as to whether a different vaccine that Japanese people get may have had some effect on their immune system. Japan is also an island nation, mostly shut off from the rest of the world right now, meaning that few new cases are coming in.

Combine this all with effective contact tracing (which those who don't understand how that works, and why it's effective, should spend some time learning before giving an opinion), you come up with reasons why the virus has been well contained in Japan. Still not great numbers, but not horrible either.

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I have done so much research and cannot find ANY valid reason for the numbers to be low apart from the good old “Extremely low number of tests”.

What are your reasons for believing it to be high then?

Many are visibly sick in your area?

People dropping dead left and right?

-3 ( +13 / -16 )

Actually things remind me of April now. Hokkaido is starting to increase again with some increases around Japan especially Miyagi now. I’m not sure it will happen but I won’t be surprised if there is another State of Emergency within this year.

I hope it’s not the case

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

I have done so much research and cannot find ANY valid reason for the numbers to be low apart from the good old “Extremely low number of tests”.

Isn't that a sufficient reason?

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Tokyo-EngrToday  05:25 pm JST

Actually things remind me of April now. Hokkaido is starting to increase again with some increases around Japan especially Miyagi now. I’m not sure it will happen but I won’t be surprised if there is another State of Emergency within this year.

Have to wait and see. The main numbers to watch will be people with severe symptoms, deaths, and their ages. Other seasonal illnesses could be on the rise as well, so we'll need to watch those numbers too for comparison.

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I won’t be surprised if there is another State of Emergency within this year.

This is Japan. It's not happening.

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

Up until now, with a long way to go, Japan has done quite well, somewhere in the middle of Covid stats in Asia. (No point even comparing to the US, that place is sadly off the charts.) By way of Asian comparison:

Philippines- 65 deaths/Million

Hong Kong - 14/Million

Japan - 14/Million

South Korea - 9/Million

Malaysia - 8/Million

Singapore - 5/Million

Taiwan - 0.3/Million

Would you, or someone explain the reasons why is Japan owning the virus?

The ubiquitous use of masks in Japan and most of Asia is surely among the top reasons reducing Covid spread. Plus very few people running around refusing to wear them and/or routinely wash hands. Tracing procedures in Asia are also well advanced and have been for almost 2 decades. Taiwan being the best at tracing.

Asian diets are usually quite healthy, low obesity, good healthcare systems. Citizens generally follow advice of their government, even if no hard lock down.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Everyone comparing data of other counties to Japan; it’s impossible to compare this one on one, especially in the case of Japan.

Every country different in: amount of tests per million (Japan is one of the lowest), accessibility of testing (Japan has no free testing, EU has), criteria of tests are different, methods of analysis differ, post-mortem diagnosis differs (Japan does not even do this), method of obtaining samples differ and much more.

It is very well possible that Japan has lower numbers than the EU. That being said: how is Tokyo gonna find more than 10k numbers if you are doing (paid) testing of up to 6000 people? With a positive rate of 4-10% (hypothetical number) Japan needs to test 100.000-250.000 people in Tokyo alone daily to get a similar number as in the EU if the infection rate would be as such...

its in our nature to compare but this is not that simple and we have to be critical of the Japanese numbers, that is only logical. I don’t understand why there is still a daily battle going on on this website where people compare deaths and positive test numbers: it doesn’t work like that use your brain!

just a side note: someone mentioned Japanese people are clean and use alcohol; in the EU, baskets in the supermarket are cleaned and in many countries an maximum number of people can enter. In Osaka where I live I’d be lucky if I see 10% of the people using the alcohol hand spray in front of the store, it’s all a facade. Like most things in Japan its just face; wear a mask in your car, but take it of in the restaurants sitting next to groups of people in unventilated izakaya’s. Don’t make me laugh xD

14 ( +18 / -4 )

I saw mid aged businessmen spluttering, hacking and coughing without wearing masks.

I moved seats twice!

The vírus will increase and increase even in Japan because of a few morons...

14 ( +17 / -3 )

in the EU, baskets in the supermarket are cleaned 

So how did that affect infection rates in EU?

You should use the alcohol on the hands too, not just the basket.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

So how did that affect infection rates in EU?

What's your point?

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Well gotta admit in the fight against covid every little thing counts.

Start tomorrow, gonna clean supermarket basket i use too

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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: 951.

Number of hospitalized people reported today: 969.

Day-over-day change: +18 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.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

6,187 tests conducted 

The scary number is the 6,187 test/day

5 ( +8 / -3 )

The virus hasn’t actually been Isolated - it’s a genetic material......

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Was out last night with friends and we were talking about your comments martini - and it may not be connected to culture as some people completely scoff at here and invariably use the ''unventilated Izakaya" argument.

Fact is, everything IS much cleaner in Japan. Public toilets, Restaurant toilets. Trains. Buses. Streets. Shops. Its NOT a facade. I love visiting other countries, but name me one other place other than Singapore where everything is generally so pristine? I can't think of anywhere. When I visit Europe or the US - other than the 5* Hotels even toilets in top restaurants are rubbish - filthy. Its just the culture, if its not your own house , people don't care. People in the UK and US are just refusing to wear masks, at best 30% are wearing outside the house. Its just rubbish. So @martini - using an example of supermarket baskets is poor and you demote your otherwise excellent post to tabloid fodder.

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@theResident

I understand your point, and the main argument of my post was about the comparison of the figures and numbers.

However I do partly agree with your comment, I also partly disagree. It is true that in many cases things are cleaner in Japan, but if we are talking about hygiene in terms of corona virus prevention (which in its turn according to the Japanese people and many people on here causes the impossibly low numbers), I think it is largely a facade. While it is true that many places in Japan are cleaner than in the EU (such as trains and shopping malls), during the corona pandemic, now, the hygiene practices I was referring to were about hand cleaning with alcohol disinfectants: which is a point I am making because it (from my daily experience) is countering the main arguments so many people seem to throw out here. People, when entering and leaving the shops, are in fact largely not using the sprays or gels. Not in the city center, nor in inaka areas.

As for masks you are completely right and I agree Japanese people wear masks significantly better (including those plastic ones which completely have no function). But viruses spread also through skin contact when you don't use alcohol and in restaurants when you are not wearing a mask.

My main point being; the true practice of Japanese people on hygiene precautions in terms of the Corona virus is not as hygienic and perfect as they let the world think and can additionally not account to the low and incomparable numbers and figures of the corona situation in Japan.

But, I think it is indeed better to leave personal experience and feelings out of this, after living here for such a long time, I get tired of the "we Japanese people are so special, clean and better than the rest of the world" hypocritical and discriminating mentality, but without these statements, feelings, opinions and daily personal experiences, the figures and numbers are truly not comparable to that of the EU, as stated in my previous post.

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Um hygiene, were are the Africans to come an tell us how they have been able to

defy the gloomy predictions of all the so-called experts and put them to shame on

how the virus would decimate more than half of the population because of poverty

poor hygiene, lack of clean water, sanitizers, poor nutritious diet, rest rooms, poor or

non existent medical care etc etc

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