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Tokyo reports 394 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,917

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 394 new cases of the coronavirus, down 26 from Wednesday.

The number (212 men and 182 women) is the result of 11,167 tests conducted on March 22. By age group, people in their 20s (90 cases) accounted for the highest numbers, while 118 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 41, one down from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 325.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 1,917. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (266), Miyagi (161), Kanagawa (121), Saitama (113), Hyogo (100), Chiba (98), Aichi (79), Okinawa (77), Hokkaido (67), Ehime (59), Yamagata (49), Ibaraki (37) and Fukuoka (28).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 27.

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The coronavirus case number are product of terribly insufficient testing, but for the limited amount they are very trustworthy, many people still try to repeat the debunked myth that PCR have a lot of false positives, but together with the "masks/lockdowns don't work" misleading information science has proved the exact opposite.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

good the numbers are higher shows proof

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It amazes me how comments from people who reasonably suggest that it's time to get on living life instead of cowering in fear get all these down votes.

As one reader suggested, the more you test, the more positive cases you find. What's surprising about that?

"Cases" are meaningless because the PCR tests have been using a high cycle count threshold, resulting in a very high number of false-positives.

When are people going to understand that this is more about control of the people than their safety?

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Hospitalizations are almost nonexistent for such a huge area. 10,000 might be a concern, but 41?

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If only we had the time to establish a baseline control... oh wait, it’s been over a year now and people are still not understanding basic math or statistics.

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Hey guys, no need to compare figures on a daily basis, and positive cases with the number of tests on exactly a three days basis. We know there are discrepancies.

The one week figures, one week average and moving average are representative.

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ICU admissions are still at November levels and have been flat for two and a half weeks. There are only 41 people in the ICU in all of Tokyo.

Y'all can chill.

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@monty and raw bear

Completely agree.

Saying a lockdown reduces infections may be true but

If we all lockdown every winter we could save hundreds of thousands of influenza deaths globally but anyone proposing that would be seen as crazy.

This is a virus with a lower than 1% death rate, in spite of the medical boards hysterics not one hospital was overrun all winter in japan even though there wasn't a lockdown.

It's time to get on with life and stop treating coronavirus as if its ebola.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Can someone please respond to this?

Why is there a distinction made between the number of men and women who test positive for COVID-19? The virus is indiscriminate so what does male or female have to do with it?

Perhaps types of places the virus was contracted or city wards would be a better statistic.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

To be honest, I’m as confused about the situation here in Tokyo today as I was one year ago. Is it safe to go out drinking or go to a restaurant? I have no idea. Are the numbers here accurate? No idea. Is the healthcare system under strain. Who knows. When will I get the vaccine? No idea. It’s very frustrating. The Japanese authorities have done a poor job explaining the situation. Suga is useless.

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Even in Lockdowns the numbers increased. (my Home Country is the best example)

Where is that? Fantasy Island with maskless foreigners in Starbucks?

My take on lockdowns is a horses for courses approach. For reasons not fully understood yet, the virus has hit Europe and the Americas hardest. Africa and Asia with some exceptions came through this better. Australia and NZ came through this better than pretty much everyone.

Those trying to take a few countries as examples or templates for everyone are interested in selling narratives.

To be ignored.

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@Virusrex

Here you go again...

many studies prove it so.

Stick again to "your" studies and data and completely ignore the reality.

That is what Raw Beer pointed out:

*Lock downs have been shown to have little effect.*

The experience and reality within the last year shows that Lockdowns prevent the Virus just a little bit and only temporary. If you look around the world you can see that many countries which were or still are in Lockdowns, are still struggling to prevent the Virus.

Even in Lockdowns the numbers increased. (my Home Country is the best example)

I really recommend you, to stick more to experience and reality, than to just look at data and studies.

I also work every day with data and reports and also sometimes mistakes in Data and reports are found.

But the "reality" always shows the truth!

-13 ( +4 / -17 )

Tokyo numbers man did a better job today. Nearly 6 times the number of tests as yesterday but he or she still managed to get the numbers a little lower and importantly below that nasty 400 number. The ingenuity of the numbers man is just brilliant. How does he do it, lose a few faxes here and there, run out of fax paper so a few faxes are missing. Wonders never cease.

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let's not squabble boys and girls.... tests go up, tests go down, 'cases' go up, 'cases' go down. one thing's for sure, this ain't going away anytime soon. stay calm, cool and collected, and be aware of yourself and those around you. my view. (´ ▽`).。o♡

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Raw beer understands

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

There's nothing that can be done to stop it either apart from a total lock down (everything closed/mandatory work from home) which of course is not going to happen for various reasons.

Lock downs have been shown to have little effect, except wrecking the economy, making people miserable, and increasing suicides.

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

@do the hustle

No ground except for the weekly national cases will be up around 15,000 new cases this week

You know that this is 0.01% among a population of 120 Millions, right?

That doesn't give me sleepless nights.

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

Osaka is more worrying now but as usual the news is focused on Tokyo.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

People, if you just check the data it's because they increased the testing.

It's not that hard folks

More testing more positives

One has to ask the questions did they increase the testing purposely after they lifted the emergency or just a coincidence.

If it was up to JT commenters, they would put all private businesses out of business, make you stay home and put a mask on your face indefinitely

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

The 3.5% positivity rate is manageable, but I fear that we are going to see a spike as people see the Cherry Blossoms, travel with the lifting of the SOE, go out for GW and generally mix before the vaccine is widely available.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

To those who say it's irresponsible going out an stuff:It's impossible staying home all day!! I live in Tokyo in a 20mq apartment, I can't stay home all day everyday, I will go mad!!

So I'd rather take the risk and get Corona

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Here we go another Japanese-style lockdown coming in a couple of weeks...which means absolutely nothing...

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Sven Asai,

There definitely is no bashing! The Matsuyama numbers were recorded in the entertainment area! Maybe watching the news helps?

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Monty, apologies! Darned auto-fill!

Of course Thursday!

8 ( +9 / -1 )

@Monty - So your japan bashing comment has no ground today

No ground except for the weekly national cases will be up around 15,000 new cases this week, of course. Despite your continued defense Japan is doing a crap job of controlling the virus.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

Numbers are clearly creeping up again, and will continue to do so. There's nothing that can be done to stop it either apart from a total lock down (everything closed/mandatory work from home) which of course is not going to happen for various reasons. Say hello to 600/day in April and 1000/day in May.

5 ( +9 / -4 )

And concerning the "Tokyo numbers" - they are the highest on any given Wednesday this month!

Today is thursday...

And did you recognize that todays reported test amount is the highest for any Thursday this month?

And the tests were conducted on Monday!

-22 ( +2 / -24 )

@klausdorth Your and everyone’s bashing of only activities outside the business sectors is a very one-sided one. That’s the simple reason why the numbers continue to rise or don’t go down significantly. If you mean it for real you also had to declare all people at workplaces, train stations, shopping centers and all that as very irresponsible with at least the same intensity. Just believe me, you get much more easily infected in the commuter train than in your favorite izakaya, if you sometimes go to any. (But please don’t try it out now for comparison. lol)

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Monty, let me correct you on this one!

NO bashing at all, it's my area (Matsuyama)!

Concerned, YES! Worried, YES!

Maybe you didn't read my complete comment.

And concerning the "Tokyo numbers" - they are the highest on any given Wednesday this month!

If you got any better, more convincing facts, please go ahead and let us know!

20 ( +25 / -5 )

Still in the "400 range".

This is the result of irresponsibility, nothing else!

But 6x higher tests than yesterday.

6x higher tests than yesterday, and lower cases than yesterday.

So your japan bashing comment has no ground today.

Good luck with that for tomorrow.

-21 ( +11 / -32 )

Still in the "400 range".

As for Ehime prefecture it is plus 59! Double yesterday's number.

Adding it up it's roughly 100+ cases for the past 3 days.

Why can't people stay away from those amusement areas, isakayas, clubs and so on?

This is the result of irresponsibility, nothing else!

8 ( +21 / -13 )

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