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Tokyo reports 561 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,678

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported 561 new cases of the coronavirus, down nine from Friday. The number is the result of 7,766 tests conducted on Nov 25.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 40,210.

By age group, the highest number of cases were people in their 20s (132), followed by 102 in their 30s and 90 in their 40s.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 67, up six from Friday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 2,678. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka with 463 cases, Hokkaido (252), Aichi (217), Kanagawa (215), Hyogo (145), Saitama (118), Chiba (113), Shizuoka (81), Okinawa (78) and Fukuoka (56).

Six coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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weather does not effect the Covid-19 virus

Can you clarify? I've read that cold and dry conditions may increase the transmission of the virus.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

weather does not effect the Covid-19 virus so no one can blame oh it’s getting colder. 

Really? I’ve read otherwise.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Certainly more people are likely to congregate indoors with less ventilation when colder, so weather does impact in that way. Additionally humidity impacts how long the virus lingers in the air.

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@colenalperu

Because a Japanese company didn't make it.

If they had have, we'd never hear the end of it. Japan is light years behind with this kind of thing, sadly.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

The number is the result of 7,766 tests conducted on Nov 25.

This is why Japan's numbers are so low. While places like the US are testing millions a day Japan barely tests anyone.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Increased testing is resulting in much higher numbers of new cases. It would be safe to say that Tokyo is not doing enough to control the spread of the virus.

Koike in her speech yesterday promised testing would be ramped be ramped up to 65,000 to 68,000

Alot of pledges regarding increasing testing have been made in the past that were never followed through so I won't hold my breath.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

And what of the age range of those hospitalised?

Some information on demographics of critically ill patients is available at this page.

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

As of November 25, the number of severely ill patients was 54, and the breakdown by age group was 2 in their 40s, 9 in their 50s, 10 in their 60s, 22 in their 70s, and 11 in their 80s. By gender, there were 44 males and 10 females.

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Increased testing is resulting in much higher numbers of new cases. It would be safe to say that Tokyo is not doing enough to control the spread of the virus.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Yesterday around midnight on the way home I saw many young drunk Japanese women and men without masks but enjoying together. Many of them were heading home too hanging on each other arms. I think they assume that "my friend is fine" so the other friends may think the same way.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

.maybe because 90% of deaths are sick over 75yrs, while 90% have a cold for 5 days and back to work?

Are you OK with the 10% chance if something more serious?

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Far more time is spent indoors with windows closed in winter. Lots more transmission occurs, same as with colds and flu..

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Japan will receive 50 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, enough for 25 million people, in 2021 -- 40 million doses in January-June and the rest in July-September.

Japan has ordered 120m doses of Astra Zeneca for 2021. Takeda is the third pre-order.

I want to hear about planning for roll out of these, not planning for Olympics.

It’s main news globally with planning getting more and more concrete including roll out to front line workers in 10 days in the UK. Here, not seeing it in the news.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

weather does not effect the Covid-19 virus so no one can blame oh it’s getting colder. 

Cold weather can adversely people's immune systems, so they are more susceptible to colds, flu, or covid19. Cold and flu cases always rise in the colder months.

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Albaleo: "Can you clarify? I've read that cold and dry conditions may increase the transmission of the virus."

The weather itself does not affect the virus or the transmission, per se, as much as how we react to it. For example, when it's cold, you tend to move things indoors, which makes you more likely to spread/contract it at a social event or workplace, transportation, etc. Then you have temperature fluctuations affecting behaviour -- cold in the morning, so winter jacket. Hot in the afternoon, take off jacket due to sweat, then it becomes cold again and we may be more prone to catching something. It's not like the virus becomes stronger itself and is dormant in the heat or anything like that.

What cracks me up about this is the lengths the government is going to try and distance the increase in infection to the exact timing with the peaks of Go To travel, and in a week or so more with Go To eat, no doubt. "There is no correlation!" they keep saying, like the TEPCO 'scientists' who say it can't be proven the spike in thyroid cancer and kids from Fukushima has anything to due with the plant meltdown.

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The positive cases are down nine from yesterday, but the number of tests is down over 2000.

That doesn't seem like positive news.

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And what of the age range of those hospitalised?

Surely, an important fact?

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nationwide tally 2,678

Is this a record high? If yes, why is this important fact not mentioned?

2 ( +4 / -2 )

The weather itself does not affect the virus or the transmission, per se, as much as how we react to it. For example, when it's cold, you tend to move things indoors

I've read that it may affect transmission:

https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/do-weather-conditions-influence-the-transmission-of-the-coronavirus-sars-cov-2/

I can also understand how our behavior under different weather conditions can also affect transmission.

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Pfizer Biotech vaccine rolling out in UK within 10 days. Front line workers.

Why is vaccination planning not news in Japan? Is planning happening? Will roll out be as late and mired in red tape as testing?

Don’t know.

Don’t know.

Probably.

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what about, YOU WILL BE FINED if found not abiding.....

The Japanese government do not have the legal punch to order the populace around, hence the urging and requesting, and no fines for non-compliance.

Imposing fines for chatting/ not wearing a mask would require a fundamental change to the constitution, which is not going to happen.

Land of the Free!

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@alceste

Thanks for the info there!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Agree

0 ( +6 / -6 )

I was in Ginza today. very crowded. Everyone was eating, shopping, chatting away as if no COVID scare.

how is Government going to control? Every announcement just end with one-gai-shimasu.

mask chaku shite kudasai

kaiwa o-hikai shite kudasai.

what about, YOU WILL BE FINED if found not abiding.....

0 ( +4 / -4 )

The weather itself does not affect the virus or the transmission, per se, as much as how we react to it.

During the cold months, we have lower vitamin D levels.

Also, the air tends to be dryer; dry airways are more suseptible to infection.

I recommend maintaining your vitamin D levels high and increasing the room humidity on dry days.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Pls go to hospital.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

I recommend maintaining your vitamin D levels high and increasing the room humidity on dry day

Thanks, but I take health advice from real experts, and not Internet experts.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

7766 tests..why not 7770?

Made up lies

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

weather does not effect the Covid-19 virus so no one can blame oh it’s getting colder.

Hmm.... But ...

Colder weather makes you sicker then ? !

I think during the warmer months fair amount of infections goes undetected.

C19 spreads the way it spreads regardless of temperature and it is C19 + something else that really makes the difference.

This logic is inline with the lately increased testing also the worsen hospitals situation.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Imposing fines for chatting/ not wearing a mask would require a fundamental change to the constitution, which is not going to happen.

Land of the Free!

Isn't this the real greatest country on earth?!

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

And what are the death figures?

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

I was in Ginza today. very crowded. 

I was in Miyashita Park . lovely weather ; chock-a-block. Most in their 20s locals and foreign playing beach volley ball.

But, perhaps unlike you , I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing.

Furthermore, I reckon as a result of the encouraged movement during the summer and autumn the situation won't get much worse then it is. In fact once the colds are over around January we will be back to September levels numbers

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Why is the age range important?

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

weather does not effect the Covid-19 virus so no one can blame oh it’s getting colder. Beside I wonder if they are fabricating the test result.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

Why is the age range important?

Err...maybe because 90% of deaths are sick over 75yrs, while 90% have a cold for 5 days and back to work?

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

As of November 25, the number of severely ill patients was 54, and the breakdown by age group was 2 in their 40s, 9 in their 50s, 10 in their 60s, 22 in their 70s, and 11 in their 80s. By gender, there were 44 males and 10 females.

See? No problem there, if you're young and healthy, go about your business. If your old, infirm or scared stay home.

-15 ( +2 / -17 )

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