A woman walks past a banner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The Japanese capital reported 609 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday. Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
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Tokyo reports 609 new coronavirus cases; 884 in Osaka

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Tuesday reported 609 new coronavirus cases, down 99 from Monday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 842.3.

People in their 20s (148 cases), their 30s (123) and their 40s (103) accounted for the highest numbers, while 89 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 65, unchanged from Monday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 1,114.

Osaka Prefecture reported 884 new cases and 20 deaths.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 4,177. After Osaka and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Hyogo (337), Fukuoka (239), Hokkaido (233), Aichi (219), Kanagawa (214), Saitama (185), Chiba (124), Kyoto (113), Hiroshima (75), Okayama (68), Nagasaki (62), Gunma (62), Nara (61), Shiga (53), Oita (44), Gifu (44), Fukushima (43), Shizuoka (43) and Okinawa (33).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 50.

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Be responsible. Please show good example. Stay home.

We all know these numbers are manufactured for various agendas. Judging from the huge increase in Tokyo number plates in my prefecture (Kanagawa) over the last few days, people just don’t care anymore and/or are ignoring these “requests” to stay home. Shops and restaurants are stuffed, social distancing has largely been forgotten, and people are going about their business as if there was no pandemic. Guaranteed these numbers will jump in the coming weeks. Golden Week: aka a super spreader event....

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

For comparative purposes:

UK: 4 deaths (only 1 death the previous day), fewer than 2,000 positive cases, total number of tests - a lot! Total vaccinations: 34.7m people.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Once again, Tokyo is not reporting the number of tests done to keep the infected numbers low.

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Be responsible. Please show good example. Stay home.

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Just wondering if the moderators can tell us why they are not posting the number of test results anymore?

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検査数5,341.7件(2021年5月2日参考値

total tests: 5,341.7 (from 5/2

How can you end up having that 0.7 at the end?!

5 ( +6 / -1 )

@Peter: There would be no cases if they inoculated.

Yes there would. Vaccines are not 100% effective.

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@Peter: There would be no cases if they inoculated.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

The new cases would drop if they reduced testing.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Seems like the conspiracy theorists are out on force again. We don’t see chaos and thousands of deaths, most Japanese and most of Japan is carrying on as usual. No lockdowns, population unvaccinated yet the situation is under control. The extremists want us all locked down and need vaccinations to go about daily life. Why would they want themselves and others to live in that manner for no reason?

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Two weeks after GW i predict you will see a rise in the number of case. Also you will see a rise in the number of cases in areas where the numbers had been low.

I fear you may be right. My town was in normal GW mode this last few days; crippling traffic, eateries, supermarkets, cafes, hotels, campsites, attractions all bursting with people bored of being 'urged' to stay in the city.

They might get sick soon, might not. Seems they are beyond caring.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

What an out-of-control mess this all has become...

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Just think how much lower that artificially low number would be if we could get vaccinated! Hellooooo IOC! Why aren't you getting your brown paper bags of cash out to make it happen?!?!?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Two weeks after GW i predict you will see a rise in the number of case. Also you will see a rise in the number of cases in areas where the numbers had been low.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Actually, aside possibly from buying time made available to secure more hospital arrangements ( which may or may not be being done ), it’s better that emergency measures do NOT lower cases, or deaths. If such measures - or lockdowns - become relied on, what level of a rise in deaths, for example, would be acceptable before again initiating such restrictions? Thirty? Forty? You can always say, there’s 30-40 people who would have lived if only we’d “locked down”. It’s crazy. There has to be a point where this strategy is stopped.

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sounds like some people would like this SoE to be extended until hell freezes over, because, you know why not...?

.....................

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

someone mentioned political suicide. This concept has no meaning in Japan. Whatever the government does or says does not matter, the LDP will be comfortably elected with a nice majority next election. Hence low testing, the Olympics and vaccination deadlines that are impossible to be met. None of it matters in the end when you remain in power whatever you do

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Osaka governor yoshimura is a complete tool. He pestered the central government to lift the last state of emergency in late February , knowing full well the cherry blossom-goodbye-welcome parties were just waiting to happen. He couldn't manage to fall into a river whilst blinding drunk tiptoeing along a precipice at night, let along manage a city

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SOEs do have effects. The previous waves support this. However, decreasing testing does not!

And, simply calling SOE after SOE without a serious vaccination effort is like crying wolf--it works until it doesn't.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Same person making the same comments. It's like that person has an advanced degree in a pertinent medical field in order to pontificate so often.

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Excellent news guys. The doomsayers are eating their words now I hope. There is no catastrophe as I predicted. Cases go up and down, most people take precautions. The virus is deadly but far less so than claimed in the Western media. Low obesity rates and general good health make this virus far less of a problem than some countries. We must remain cautious in case of deadlier strains, otherwise enjoy life and stay safe as possible.

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Life goes on with or without COVID.

Because it's just like the flu or the cold, amirite?

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

What difference does it make? Life goes on with or without COVID.

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

This number is very high being it Golden Week and testing would be way down due to the holidays.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Tokyo on schedule, as predicted.the steady downward starts and continues until the SOE is lifted on May 11 and in time for maitre Bach visit.

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Excellent news with all the nice numbers too.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Well with biz closed and me at home, 2 years in...all I can say is keep cool and safe and keep on keeping on!

5 ( +8 / -3 )

we have some option

a) sit and weep

b) open a good bottle with a book, block out the news

c) a+ B

i am going to implement c

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Liars

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Ok, but if Tokyo ends SOE and lots of people get sick (i.e. 2-3x Osaka numbers as a conservative guess), that's also political suicide, no?

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Question: is the SOE ending triggered by a particular target value for positive cases? If the testing has decreased that seems a bit too transparently political...

It appears to be 100% political (in this case Herr Bach's visit), and not obviously based on any science or on anything tangible.

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knittyelfMay 3  08:03 pm JST

@obladi

Fewer cases in Tokyo today compared to yesterday is extremely significant because **it could so easily have gone the other way**. It might be due to the state of emergency. It might be due to fewer people gathering for work due to Golden Week

No, due to the way Japan tests, you have to compare the same day from previous weeks. Japanese media are pointing out that the previous several Mondays all had new cases in the 300s or 400s. Hitting almost 800 today is a huge jump in the wrong direction.

This from yesterday's article (for which comments were disabled). Wanted to say "I stand corrected" after confirming what everyone else here seems to know: that the number of tests are different each day of the week.

Question: is the SOE ending triggered by a particular target value for positive cases? If the testing has decreased that seems a bit too transparently political...

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Exactly as predicted. With the help of low testing due to GW the numbers man sitting by the fax machine has an easy job getting the numbers down for removal of the SOE on schedule the Olympics and the visit of Bach

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On related Osaka news:

"Governor Yoshimura of Osaka prefecture recognizes that it is difficult to cancel the state of emergency at present"

I wonder if he realized this after he saw that the hospital beds for serious patient are 99.7% full, and 60-80 serious patients need to be either treated at home or in beds for mild patients.

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klausdorthToday  

Unbelievable!

No, no. It{s perfectly believable. This is just how things roll here. Should be used to it by now.... Having said that, I still want to cry though.... back to my Nigori-zake then. It helps.

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As Zoroto says, the Wizard behind the curtain is going to ensure this state of emergency is going to be lifted on schedule. Welcome Back, Bach!

Only, after Bach has gone back, the truth will come out. It has too. I think the variant that is coming out of India will ravage this country. It is a perfect setup for it to get to work.

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@Monty

How can it be a record high if it is one down from monday???

So please correct your wording, when you later update the article with nationwide numbers.

I agree that that makes no sense. If they meant it’s a record high for a Tuesday, then they need to say so. Today’s number cannot be a general “record high” if it’s “down one from Monday.” Basic logic...

Moderator: Thank you. It has been fixed.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

May 2 - 1776 tests

this is laughable !

19 ( +23 / -4 )

There is also another set of testing numbers on https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/ 

On the main page's "Positive Test Percentage" chart, there is a daily test count and a 7-day average, 2 days behind.

May 2 - 1776 tests

The 7-day average was 9200 on Apr 25, but only 7400 on May 2. So it's very clear that they are trying to manipulate the numbers by decreasing testing.

10 ( +18 / -8 )

The nationwide figure is a record high 1,083, down one from Monday.

How can it be a record high if it is one down from monday???

So please correct your wording, when you later update the article with nationwide numbers.

Moderator: That has been corrected.

3 ( +14 / -11 )

Unbelievable!

9 ( +12 / -3 )

dawn, why test numbers disappeared ??????

Seems Tokyo Government stopped publishing it -- obviously they are trying to make it harder to find the number.

If you go to https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/ towards the top, in tiny font you get a 3-day average. If you click on the "Other indexes" tab, there is a "Number of Tests" chart.

You can see the decrease in testing, even though the infections have been increasing steadily. This shows up in the positive rate which is almost 8% now (chart on the main page).

19 ( +29 / -10 )

dawn, why test numbers disappeared ??????

A raw case number is meaningless

17 ( +22 / -5 )

Down 27% from last Tuesday -- of course last week followed a normal workday.

No testing numbers for today yet, but the number of tests yesterday has been the lowest since March 17. This is as per website linked at the bottom of the article.

We should be back to under 500 by Thursday and then the SOE can be lifted on schedule.

20 ( +27 / -7 )

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