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Tokyo reports 292 new coronavirus cases

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Tokyo confirmed an additional 292 coronavirus infections on Sunday, down from the record-breaking increases of recent days.

Of the total, 203 are in their 20s and 30s, or 70%, health officials said.

Japan has been seeing a resurgence of the virus since the central government fully lifted a state of emergency in late May, with Tokyo and some other prefectures being forced to reimpose restrictions on some businesses in an effort to prevent a further spread of infections.

The daily figures announced by the metropolitan government reflect the most recent totals reported by health authorities and medical institutions in the capital.

The metropolitan government has raised its alert for the pandemic to the highest of the four levels, meaning "infections are spreading," with Gov Yuriko Koike warning that Tokyo may declare an emergency for the capital.

It has requested that karaoke parlors and establishments serving alcohol close by 10 p.m., effective from Monday through the end of August, to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Other prefectures including Osaka, Aichi and Okinawa are taking similar steps.

Okinawa declared an emergency on Saturday amid a growing number of infections including those reported at U.S. military bases in the island prefecture.As of Saturday night, the death toll stood at 1,026.

No deaths due to coronavirus were reported Sunday.

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By now, I think everyone in Tokyo has had some form of COVID 19.

-8 ( +17 / -25 )

Given the method of tabulation is archaic, the sence of speedily doing anything? bueuracrats, that's not going to happen. And remember the complicated parameters that need to be met before said bueuracrats will tick the box for the virus. I'm sure the numbers as usual are smudged after traveling through several layers of hoops passing over different department desks each with its own list of criteria to pass their hoop.

18 ( +24 / -6 )

Great news. Everything is ok then. Back to normal folks.

I saw someone today with no mask on sneeze in the sushi fridge! Everyone pretended not to notice.

I kid you not.

13 ( +20 / -7 )

Fantastic! The trend is down. The virus is defeated. Back to work soon I hope!

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Why even bother saying the numbers are down from Saturday? This is totally reliant on the numbers tested, which always goes down over the weekend. Without knowing how many were tested just saying the numbers are down is both meaningless and misleading.

The symptoms of Covid take about a week to appear. Add in the time to test and get results and I predict we are going to see some serious new peaks later this week as a result of the four day weekend we just had.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Well done Tokyo!

That's a huge drop on the previous days. You're flattening the curve quickly.

-12 ( +7 / -19 )

That's only because everyone has been filling the parks, riversides and enjoying other outdoor activities and shopping and eating. Therefore, nobody is going to take tests.

I really, really hope I am wrong but I am sure the numbers will go back up mid week.

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Reckless Today  04:34 pm JST

Fantastic! The trend is down. The virus is defeated. Back to work soon I hope!

Before you all down mark Reckless, knowing him/her from previous comments I am sure this is sarcasm?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Perhaps there were fewer tests done given it is the weekend - but a decrease in number is a positive thing, regardless of what all the doom and gloom merchants here may say.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Thanks for the laugh Elvis!

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Well done Tokyo! 

That's a huge drop on the previous days. You're flattening the curve quickly.

I trust this one is sarcasm too.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

Great the count went down means we are back to getting it under control which also means time for the beach and lots of Asahi Super Dries!

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Well the figures are down at least for today, does anyone know which Prefecture reported this and how they came about to catching it?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

The weekly trend is psychological warfare. The numbers peak every week on Friday and Saturday, making everyone super cautious on the weekend. Then on Sunday, when everyone is thinking about what to do the following week, the number is halved, letting everyone on Monday morning feel a little better about getting onto a packed train for their commute to work.

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Akula.

Perhaps there were fewer tests done given it is the weekend - but a decrease in number is a positive thing, regardless of what all the doom and gloom merchants here may say.

What you are saying is lower numbers are good even if the numbers are managed to give a feel-good feeling

0 ( +3 / -3 )

In front of my building they have a water fountain for kids to run through that starts up at 10 and I told my son go before the other kids got there so he could get exercise. He is only 10, he gets it as soon as other kids got there he came immediately home.

My question is a 10 year old boy gets it why cannot adults regarding distance, distance and wear a mask. Even when he goes out he never takes off his COVID mask, red face and all.

Why does the government need to do a shut down, if we all use our common sense and stay away.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Everywhere in the world the numbers of infections increased again.

Japan numbers of cases are not bad. 200, 400, 4000, 40000 in a 14 million population city, are under 0.5%.

No reason to panic!

But, but...I really really hope that Japan keep its borders close, especially now where all over the world the cases increase.

Please Japan, dont import more Corona infections from overseas.

-15 ( +1 / -16 )

This is happening everywhere. How a government manages the spike is important.

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@ashley shiba

 is only 10, he gets it as soon as other kids got there he came immediately home.

My question is a 10 year old boy gets it why cannot adults regarding distance, distance and wear a mask

Interesting, my question is why should a ten year old be taught to be afraid of other people.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

How many are showing serious symptoms? That's a more relevant number...

1 ( +5 / -4 )

西東京市 here. Nobody seems to care.

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AgentX: "How many are showing serious symptoms? That's a more relevant number..."

It always is when deflecting.

In any case, it must be down slightly because of "民度".

There is a scathing article on this in Bloomberg news and how Japan has mishandled things, and even Aso's comment on "Mindo", but it is highly accurate. I recommend reading it:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-31/japan-acted-like-the-virus-had-gone-now-it-s-spread-everywhere?fbclid=IwAR35UqUHlbTd6sTQuSAJTuI82kbEA457fd8fsRHz8Inw0SLe_PetiQFb8FM

Also, did you guys read about how even Abe has stopped wearing his own masks now?

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

If anyone of you who live here in Tokyo, Chiba, Kanagwa or Saitama and has gone outside to check what an average day looks like, You will know nothings in place to contain the virus and people are spreading it without knowing. Schools are fully open and they can even consider online schooling....because they dont have the infrastructure and capabilities. I had online school back in 1998 on a dial up Modem guys. Every time you leave your home to the groceries store you have a chance to catch the virus... The question is virus soooo deadly than it will kill you in 15 days and is this factor based on age and healthy immune system and certain health alignments. Virus spreads like wild fire. Take you sweet time testing...

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

My friends whole family had the virus, the only symptoms they had was one day fever, yeah so deadly that they are now back to work after 2 weeks. So does our neighbor, Grandparents, family, and 2nd grader son (5 in all) had been positive, no symptoms but quarantined for 14 days but yes, they have again opened their convenient store and as genki as ever ..so deadly huh? I am shivering in fear. 90% symptomless, 99% recovers, most people who die are people who are unhealthy (uncontrolled diabetes, severe obesity, compromised immune systems like leukemia but please let us not mention that they are also prone to be severely affected by other bacteria, virus, and fungi because it will diminish the fear to the Covid-19). If you are young, healthy, take care, and take all the necessary precautions but go live your lives. Fear is ok, paranoia is not.

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Fear is ok, paranoia is not.

Check out the Berlin protest against wearing masks and social distancing. Hundreds of thousands in the streets. They were saying something about wanting their democracy back.

Another possible fake news story, but the source is credible enough for me, some people in the US are being told they tested positive without ever submitting any samples. Two through the mail. Something weird is going on.

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@ erbsviva

given limited testing how can you possibly assert that your friend's whole family and even neighbors all tested positive but were all otherwise healthy.?

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-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Current death rate is somewhere between 2-6%.

its impossible to be more accurate.

mortality rates can only really be calculated retrospectively.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

@Monty Please Japan, dont import more Corona infections from overseas..Think its the other way around no other Country wants the Japanese to come and spread it...

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Tokyo bed occupancy is now at 69%, up from the 64% I posted somewhere else earlier today, and 57% occupancy rate yesterday.

This, to me, is the statistic to look out for at the moment

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Another possible fake news story, but the source is credible enough for me, some people in the US are being told they tested positive without ever submitting any samples. Two through the mail. Something weird is going on.

I heard that too from several credible sources. This entire pandemic response very much seems to be a power and money grab.

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@ian

Bed occupancy includes hotel beds, from personal family experience hotel bed occupancy isnt a good indicator.

My nephew spent two weeks in a hotel in tokyo after testing positive, not because he was sick but because he has suggested it by the health authority. Basically, didnt want to to pay for two weeks food and air conditioning.

A better measure of severity is icu occupancy. Which as of yesterday was 83 nationwide the same as june 11 but up 5 from friday

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Bed occupancy includes hotel beds

Im aware of that.

A better measure of severity is icu occupancy.

Of course. Thanks for posting.

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@ian

Thank you too,

Cases are increasing without a doubt, I am just wishing this doesnt result in more deaths, both for those infected as selfishly for my self, I would like to get back to a normal life sometime this year.

Have a great week

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Check out the Berlin protest against wearing masks

That’s not what the protests were about. Why does your team always need to misrepresent everything? Then you complain about how everything is such a mess.

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carpslidy, my son is not taught to be afraid of other people, however, he has been taught to keep safe and those kids are not wearing masks. Now, the new stats out state that 10 percent of kids are falling sick with the virus, and so, if other kids are not wearing masks walk away.

Even my private students who come to my home which are mainly children must wear a mask and shield. This new rule is to protect myself and them as I do not want anyone falling sick in my home.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Check out the Berlin protest against wearing masks 

That’s not what the protests were about. Why does your team always need to misrepresent everything? Then you complain about how everything is such a mess.

That’s not what the protests were about, they were about..........

Please finish your comment. Looking forward to how you’re gonna spin this.

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@ashley

. Now, the new stats out state that 10 percent of kids are falling sick with the virus

There is a difference between catching the virus and falling sick

No child in japan has died or been admitted to the icu

and so, if other kids are not wearing masks walk away.

Have you heard of any koen clusters? Wearing a mask outside in this weather is unnecessary and dangerous.

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