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Tokyo reports 28 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 202

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 28 new coronavirus cases, up eight from Friday and eight more than last Saturday.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is three, unchanged from Friday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 26, unchanged from Friday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases rose to 202. No coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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Rising a bit, be careful.

-4 ( +9 / -13 )

Would be surprised if cases are not rising again given the upcoming holidays and people movement among prefectures. Hopefully it will be relatively modest versus other countries if vaccines and people behaviors help as expected. Stay safe everyone.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

Are the most of cases in Tokyo assymptomatic?

I just wonder about it because if it is the case, we may conclude that the virus is not as strong as it was some months ago.

Also, it would be interesting to know about Europe and North American nation if most of cases are assymptomatic or not to get an idea of how strong is this virus right now.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

How is this news?! 28 is laughably nothing compared to most other countries. It won't even register on the scale it's so minute.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

The new strain will probably burn through largely unnoticed because testing only happens to the very small percentage that get sick or at the airport.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Forman noted that a previous infection does provide strong immunity and said that he wishes the U.S. had vaccine mandates with carve-outs for people with documented COVID cases.

This is the opinion of Dr. Risch's colleague. The problem is in Japan that there is so little testing that one cannot really know if one was infected unless it is the tiny minority of severe cases.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

The quiet before the Omicron storm anyone? No? Well, let’s see what happens. Yes, maybe not what you wanted to hear!

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

“The problem is in Japan that there is so little testing that one cannot really know if one was infected unless it is the tiny minority of severe cases.”

it might not be the problem because it then doesnt make sense to know who is infected. Just wonder why the fatality ratio is different here versus other countries. If, as you say, we need more tests to know more about the infection numbers, not sure if that helps with anything. If people get infected without knowing it and get well again without knowing it, the pandemic is over. No? Until we know the answer we need to be cautious with border restriction.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

it might not be the problem because it then doesnt make sense to know who is infected.

My point is that if someone knows they were infected then they may decide that they don't need the vaccine.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

@joffy.

”This is the best country to be in during Covid.”

with or without COVID i would still agree with you especially if those draconian measures elsewhere are true to what they have been described.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

“ A large percentage will be negative, but if at all interested in the true picture you must test, test, test.”

Go ahead and test yourself. You can buy the test kit at a local drug store. I am not going to do that but will do so before I run the Tokyo marathon in March. Hope it’s not going to be canceled again.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

@jkctlr89 When you were asymptomatic did you test for highly contagious influenza in past years?

No need to do unnecessary testing when hospitalizations are statistically ZERO.

Japan is doing fine and has been for months.+

See the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths for influenza on the last season and you will see why that is not as necessary as with COVID.

It may surprise you but experts make much more opportune decisions and take much more useful measures when they know with time about an elevation of cases, waiting until hospitals begin to struggle to react is much worse and that is why widespread testing of anybody that feels at risk is a wel fundamented recommendation.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

As long the number of critical patients are not rising and death aren't increasing at a alarm rate, then i fine with whatever number it is. Hospitals aren't being overrun by numbers like other countries is the key. Vaccines does do it's job.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Please see my links and compare actual data before refuting the claims :) the key to the real situation is to test everyone and make tests free and available to all to do. A large percentage will be negative, but if at all interested in the true picture you must test, test, test.

No country tests everyone and no sizable country will do even if they have the capability, it's simply unnecessary.

Only a truly dumb person says that the key is to test everyone

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

202 is still a bit high, please be careful!

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

No country tests everyone and no sizable country will do even if they have the capability, it's simply unnecessary. Only a truly dumb person says that the key is to test everyone

Really, is that so? You can see the results everywhere, as no country is successful against the virus , exactly because of that. And personally I am even ready for that you call me double dumb, because in addition to complete testing also complete genome sequencing , especially complete with corona dead corpses, is necessary. Otherwise we won’t have sufficient enough and correct data at all, and this tragedy won’t find an end. The viruses are not grouped in those simple Greek letters, no they have all another multiple randomized genome, just like individuals you can say, almost no doppelgängers in easy words. That low testing and 1% to generous 5% genome sequencing in a few better equipped countries is similar to almost nothing, you can put the results or conclusions right into the garbage cans. With that massive but senseless effort and money it costs one could better buy some better masks, more disinfectant or paint some social distance advise posters everywhere. That would still have a little meaning at least.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

I commend you for standing up Sven, sorry I can't answer with due consideration right now, hopefully later

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

PCR tests on asymptomatic volunteers in Tokyo found one positive case out of 103,633 tests during the second week of December. Tokyo is highly safe right now. The "number of tests conducted" doesn't include those surveillance tests.

https://www.fukushihoken.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/iryo/kansen/kensa/kensuu.html

0 ( +2 / -2 )

More people are going out last few weeks. This is expected. So the number will most likely rise. We just hope that the rise this time will not be so steep like the last one.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Be careful. Take precautions. Vaccines is not enough. South Korea has over 80% vaccinated rate yet Covid cases are in the 1000s thousands and rising.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I wonder why so many here seem to believe the official data on Covid infections, hospitalizations, and deaths when you all so consistently and vigorously don’t believe the official data in any other story on this site. Wishful thinking?

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

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