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Tokyo reports 250 new coronavirus cases; nationwide total 837

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 250 new cases of the coronavirus, an increase of 14 from Wednesday.

The number is the result from 5,748 tests conducted on Aug 24.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 20,096.

Of the total, 129 are in their 20s and 30s, and 60 in their 40s and 50s.

The number of infected people with severe symptoms requiring hospitalization is currently 31, the same as Wednesday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the total number of infections was 837. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (94), Kanagawa (66), Fukuoka (64), Saitama (51), Chiba (45), Aichi (39), Okinawa (36) and Hyogo (22).

Seven deaths were reported.

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These Tokyo numbers make no sense. No pattern. Always around two or three hundred. Made up.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

The number is the result from 5,748 tests conducted on Aug 24.

Hello stranger

9 ( +10 / -1 )

The number is the result from 5,748 tests conducted on Aug 24.

Now hope they do this every day :)

5 ( +6 / -1 )

It just keeps on going!

Waiting for those who say it looks better, or better than ...... before.

Also interesting to look at the age groups.

It's not the old(er) generation anymore but those in their 20s, 30s and up to 50s.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Want more proof that the numbers are controlled? Impossible to get a PCR test. Will cost you Y30,000. And they are not covered under health insurance. Lesser economies such as Taiwan, South Korea, and UAE have no issues providing tests if you want them.

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Of the total, 129 are in their 20s and 30s, and 60 in their 40s and 50s.

They should also focus on the elderly, as that amount is going up, 60+ is 32 people (12.8%)

6 ( +7 / -1 )

some days 1000 tests, then nearly 6000, ... there's no strategy here ...

Numbers can't show any trend to have an accurate response to the pandemic.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Does anyone know what determines the number of tests each day? I assume a physician makes the determination based on symptom presenting patients.

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Still too many but the number of cases across the country is declining. And recoveries are outpacing new infections. The number of active covid cases has dropped by a quarter in the last ten days from 16000 to under 12000. There are some very positive signs.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Still too many but the number of cases across the country is declining. And recoveries are outpacing new infections. The number of active covid cases has dropped by a quarter in the last ten days from 16000 to under 12000. There are some very positive signs.

How can you know without mass testing ?

There are more and more asymptomatic cases everywhere else and Japan forget about them.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

@TigersTokyoDome

Impossible to get a PCR test. Will cost you Y30,000. And they are not covered under health insurance

I remember a post here before from a guy who said he got tested very easy in Tokyo.

He called the Info Center because he had symptoms, that Info Center gave him a number of a hospital, he called the hospital and already on the next day he was tested. One day later he got the result.

And he said the test was for free.

And some other posters here confirmed that.

I don't know if that is true, but they said so.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

It is not impossible to get a PCR test if you're symptomatic, or if you're willing to pay for it privately. If you aint symptomatic and are worried about it just get an antibody test done for 7,000yen, if that comes back positive you'll get a referral for a PCR test anyway.

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Monty, your information is 'from a guy and his post'. People with symptoms are not being tested unless the fever persists. People with symptoms are being asked to stay at home. They don't have home PCR visits. And this government only want to proactively test those in their 20s ot 30s so they can bleat on with the moral lecture about Kabukicho and Ikebukuro.

Give us the details of the free PCR testing centres in Tokyo. I guarantee there are none whatsoever. Instead I will give you a list of around 12 clinics in Tokyo who are charging at least Y30,000 for a PCR test.

If you are in your 20's and 30's and you hang out in Kabukicho or Ikebukuro (and you are sick) you might get a free test.

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@TigersTokyoDome

I just can tell you what this other poster here said.

I think it was about 2 weeks ago.

I was very surprised about what he said, but other posters confirmed that.

Maybe the same poster will read this now, and he will answer here.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

The number is the result from 5,748 tests conducted on Aug 24.

If it's impossible to get a test that number should be zero.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

My wife had a PCR test a couple of weeks ago and it did not cost anything, she might have come into contact with someone that had the virus (two days later it come back negative) I think someone is just scaremongering again.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Liam Roberts, I also want to take a PCR test but I can't. Unless I have Y30,000 to throw away. Your missus was foolish enough to come into contact with someone who had the virus but I'm not going to that length just to get a free test.

Do you see the point? (before you accuse people of scaremongering) Many of us would like to have the choice of knowing. I guess you repeat what the J gov are doing by essentially people to shut the f up.

I repeat - you won't get a test unless you become really sick. And even then they'll try to keep you at home and not test. No scaremongering. Just fact.

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@TigersTokyoDomeToday  06:27 pm JST

I repeat, if you're that bothered spend 7,000yen on an antibody test and if that is negative you don't need a PCR! That way you won't need to be flapping around on the internet and worrying yourself silly.

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I can only speak to my experience in Aichi prefecture. I take my temperature daily as part of my place of work's prevention measures. In mid-June I had a temperature of 37.8 for two days (I didnt go to work). I had no other symptoms. On the third day I went the municipal hospital, received a test, along with xrays, blood work and a flu test. The PCR test came back around 36 hours later negative. My "fever" also subsided on the 4th day.

First week of August I again had a low grade fever, with headaches and a cough. Same procedure on 3rd, again negative result.

Both times I did pay around 5000 yen, but this was including all the other tests and was covered by NHI.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

@TigersTokyoDome

Better read clearly what Liam said, her wife might have come into contact...

Why do you say, she was foolish to come in contact...

And what Liam said, reflects what the other poster here said before. She had it for free and after 1-2 days, you can get the result.

I think, you are not sick or have any symptoms or had contact with an infected person.

So why do you want to get tested?

Just for fun?

In that case, of course it is not for free.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Anyway, I think that you had better worry about your home countries with more terrible situations.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

ttd how dare you say my was foolish to come into contact with someone (unlucky yes) .No i do not see the point , my wife was not sick and got a free test and i do not follow the j gov which has not told me to shut up which is your point ,some people on here have said you can get a free test but you believe different .i can get one over the next few days if i wanted but i am not sick so why trouble the medical profession at this time. like i said scaemongering

1 ( +3 / -2 )

wife

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Anyway, I think that you had better worry about your home countries with more terrible situations

I suppose you're japanese for a comment like that ...

You can't understand people made Japan home and care about where they actually live ?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Quite a verdict on the Japanese, guess you understand them really well

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The new normal is living with Corona.Suck it up and keep living... with some common sense thrown in. The "so-called" experts can't find a vaccine so get on with your life as is.Bishing about lack of testing won't make Covid go away. Depending on your health,seems to be the major key and what is so painfully obvious, is that Asians are generally healthier.I mean look at the U.S. and U.K leaders.Pure models of manly health, aren't they? Even Putin takes pride in himself to stay in shape.And the lack of that is the crux of the pandemic,along with age.For the vast majority of deaths, ill health has been a major cause.But it's not sexy saying that.

JT said there were seven deaths today,but it's a given if any were young, the ages woulda been the headline.But with the deaths 75+ in age or so,the plain simple fact is a lot of the deaths here and worldwide were of people who were going to die anyway this year.It's just enhanced that it happened through Corona.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Why be tested unless you're sick or came in contact with someone who had corona?

So you don't have to wear a mask? So you can tell people you had corona? So you can lock yourself in your house for 2 weeks?

After 40 years you still pay for an aids test, and that's far more life and death.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Why be tested unless you're sick or came in contact with someone who had corona?

How do you know you were in close contact with someone who was infected?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Duh, you get sick and then get tested, or someone around you gets sick then you get tested.

Or you and those around have no symptoms so you have nothing to worry about.

Or you can live a paranoid life, I guess that's up to you.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Because virus only spreads after 10 pm. Take trains in morning go to work do overtime for company go back home stay in don’t go out after 10 pm because virus only spreads after 10 pm oh and don’t go out on your off day but do overtime at work and die for your boss

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I agree these numbers starting to look random and trying to keep is low as possible. The Olympics is more important than your health.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Over 1100 recoveries, so active cases keep dropping. The trend is really good even if it seems many on this site would like to see Japan have tens of thousands of new cases a day.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

The reason people are not tested is because positives require hospitalisation by law, thus it makes perfect sense to only test those with persistent symptoms.

The government is thinking of downgrading the classification of the disease so this is no longer the case, which will allow for wider testing.

If only people would recognize this and accept that testing doesn't change anything.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

More cases.

So?

And?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

OK, so there are a mere 31 requiring hospitalization, which as the article states is the same as the previous (but DOWN from earlier)

"Seven deaths were reported". And here there's no data about their ages or prior conditions (already at death's door?)

The WHO recently stated the likelihood that Covid-19 will be around for the foreseeable future.

The reality is that this may be an additional seasonal illness.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The number of infected people with severe symptoms requiring hospitalization is currently 31...

As clarification, 'severe symptoms' is defined as 'those patients who need ventilators or ECMO.' The number of hospitalisations for mild to moderate (meaning anything less than requiring a ventilator) is currently 1,443 in the metro Tokyo area.

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

Severe symptoms usually develop in patients over a 10 day period, and are represented in data roughly 14 days after infections:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/08/21/national/science-health/severe-coronavirus-19-cases-tokyo/

Also, covid-19 is currently designated as a class 2 infectious disease under the Infectious Disease Control Act, which means that hospitalisation is not required for confirmed cases, though the prefectural government may order it. This accounts for the 713 patients recuperating at home or at lodging facilities.

https://www.loc.gov/law/help/health-emergencies/japan.php#:~:text=Japan's%20Infectious%20Diseases%20Prevention%20Act,and%20the%20severity%20of%20symptoms.

Finally, I offer this only as clarification. I believe that there was a spike that has not declined to a base level.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

"More cases.

So?

And?"

Gotta keep the populace in a fearful condition.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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