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Tokyo reports 236 new coronavirus cases

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 236 new cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 54 from Tuesday.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 19,846.

Of the total, 117 are in their 20s and 30s, and 68 in their 40s and 50s.

The number of infected people with severe symptoms requiring hospitalization is currently 31, three down from Tuesday, health officials said.

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Again more than 200. And this on a Wednesday.

Expect Friday's figures to exceed 250 (if testing is done and the numbers provided are correct).

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As numbers are stabilizing time to go out and support some local businesses as they need our help. Although still best to avoid small busy places.

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The number of infected people with severe symptoms requiring hospitalization is currently 34, four down from Tuesday.

Many good news today!

-17 ( +6 / -23 )

Still don't know why the media is not giving all information, but here you go: FYI, from 1012 tests:

https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/index.files/0826sokuhou.pdf

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34 required hospitalization. Why is this news?

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

But I thought obon was meant to lead to huge increase?

How many times do all the gloom and doom merchants need to be wrong before they admit thankfully they were wrong

-16 ( +4 / -20 )

I feel like the government is using the wait and see method. If those 200+ came from random testing I would feel more comfortable believing the numbers. However, it still most likely those who are going to get checked because of covid-19 like symptoms. As they were doing before. A little more transparency on the part of the government would be great and even better if that information was shared in English media. As it is now we have to get it through the grapevine.

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The number of infected people with severe symptoms requiring hospitalization is currently 34, four down from Tuesday.

Many good news today!

Not sure it's good news as it might be the result of fatalities trending up.

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Many companies are rushing to prepare vaccines for this so I am optimistic that the worst is behind us.

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Guys, you realize Tokyo metropolitan government did only 1012 tests out of 37,28 millions of people ???????????

It's like Canada but with a much higher population density !

(and Canada does around 50k tests daily)

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Oh, yes Ms. Koike. The situation is improving, right?

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gakinotsukaiToday  06:10 pm JST

Guys, you realize Tokyo metropolitan government did only 1012 tests out of 37,28 millions of people ???????????

It's like Canada but with a much higher population density !

(and Canada does around 50k tests daily)

Just saw this and could not believe the number of tests. The ratio of positive is over 23%.

https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/index.files/0826sokuhou.pdf

Not saying it is alarming or not, these simple numbers should at least be mentioned by media when reporting to give a bit more context.

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Japan has been ahead of the rest of the world consistently

It recognized the value of masks, (now mandatory in many countries)

It focused on the 3 C's ( now globally promoted)

3.Closed schools earlier, then opened earlier, once children were low risk was proved (finally schools are opening up around the world 3 months after Japan)

Were open in the need to live with coronavirus in May( finally many countries are coming the same conclusion)

Stated in maywill not lockdown and need to focus on economy . (Many country now say the same)

Fact is Japan has avoided excess deaths, over running the health system and except for April when it asked (not mandated) perple stay home has protected human rights and democracy.

So, all of calling for more testing everyday are either

subconsciously racist believing the west knows best in spite of evidence to the contrary or

Secretly want the government to be fixing the figures so there is still a chance 8 months of hysteria hasn't been misplaced.

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Guys, you realize Tokyo metropolitan government did only 1012 tests out of 37,28 millions of people ??????????

Yes, it means far fewer people were feeling sick enough to request testing

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Or that infected but asymptomatics are not being tested.

Oh yeah of course, it suddenly went from over 2,000 tests to 1,000 tests because in a matter of one there were 50% less people in Tokyo were feeling less sick

...or just that asymptomatics are being less tested.

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*50% less people in Tokyo feeling sick.

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Just saw this and could not believe the number of tests. The ratio of positive is over 23%.

Thats concerning!

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...or just that asymptomatics are being less tested.

Unfortunately they won't feel sick enough to request testing

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Japan has been ahead of the rest of the world consistently

Based on what? Japan has so far done a pretty decent job on a world scale, markedly better than the disasters of the US and UK. But "ahead of the rest of the world"? Regional neighbours like Taiwan, S Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam all have lower death rates and have largely done it with no mass lockdowns. Yes, they've used masks too.

So where is the evidence Japan is "consistantly ahead of the rest of the world"? I dont see the benefit in bending the truth to suit your views.

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Japan has been ahead of the rest of the world consistently

Based on what? 

I would surmised that he based that statement on the factors he listed after that statement

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Singapore and Malaysia had a lockdown

South korea, hong kong and vietman both currently have localized lockdowns

I'll give you Taiwan is certainly the world leader.

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Oh yeah of course, it suddenly went from over 2,000 tests to 1,000 tests because in a matter of one there were 50% less people in Tokyo were feeling less sick

Well I wouldn't be surprised at all if those feeling sick enough to request testing would suddenly increase by a 100% or 200% or even more the next days

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And at the same time, implying other governments are far more honest.

Funny how you all take other countries numbers at face value but on the other hand accus japan of hiding deaths and manipulating the figures

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That's easy to justify for them @carpslidy

Low testing = low trust now

So,

High number of testing = high trust rating

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

For the severity of the virus, Japan has tip-toed through 7 months relatively unscathed.

Long weekends, travel campaigns, and the opening of spectator sports hasn't significantly raised the curve.

Most of the public is responsible, cautious and does their best to prevent the spread while going on with their lives.

Japan was never known for freedom and liberty but it really shines through now.

I couldn't imagine living anywhere else at this time.

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Based on what? Japan has so far done a pretty decent job on a world scale, markedly better than the disasters of the US and UK. But "ahead of the rest of the world"? Regional neighbours like Taiwan, S Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam all have lower death rates and have largely done it with no mass lockdowns. Yes, they've used masks too.

I agree. Globally, according to world-o-meters, Japan is 131 of 215 for deaths per capita. Pretty average.

With regard to the regions listed, Japan has the second highest rate of deaths per million population after Hong Kong.

In terms of economic impact for the regions listed, by year-on-year GDP growth for Q2 2020, it is second worse after Singapore.

With the current rate of infections appearing to hover around r1 nationally, I expect that the current rate of infections, hospitalisations, and deaths represents the baseline. It may spike again as individuals relax personal precautions, or the government attempts to stimulate the economy, and seasonal factors influence the virus. It will likewise trough again as individuals react to those spikes. I do not expect any change of strategy by the central government short of a massive spike. All in all, Japan is pretty middle of the pack with regard to the world, and towards the worse impacted in East Asia and the western Pacific region.

Finally, I like living in Japan. I enjoy the culture, the people, the climate and much more. But I do think it is wrong to claim that the Japanese model one of the more successful on either a public health or economic metric.

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Also, I note that there has been a marked reduction in people pointing to the death rate as some sort of metric of success. Is this because in August there have already been more deaths than all of the last week of May, all of June and and all of July combined?

As some are want to say; a few deaths amongst the elderly is acceptable to save the economy. Well economic data isn't available yet for that period, but I hope there is a significant improvement to justify the statement.

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Even stable genius DT has figured out what some here haven't that reduced

testing is good for the numbers.

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