People visit a park in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
national

Tokyo reports 729 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,208 in Osaka

64 Comments

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 729 new cases of the coronavirus, up 138 from Wednesday and the highest number since Feb 4. Osaka Prefecture once again reported the most number of cases in Japan, with a record-high 1,209.

In Tokyo, the number (387 men and 342 women) is the result of 11,576 tests conducted on April 12. By age group, people in their 20s (203 cases) and their 30s (145) accounted for the highest numbers, while 105 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 37, down four from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 631.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 4,518. After Osaka and Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Hyogo (493), Kanagawa (242), Aichi (218), Saitama (188), Chiba (144), Okinawa (134), Fukuoka (109), Kyoto (107), Hokkaido (101), Nara (81), Ibaraki (59), Miyagi (53), Okayama (46), Aomori (45), Shiga (43), Shizuoka (43), Ehime (43), Nagano (39) and Niigata (36).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 25.

© Japan Today

©2021 GPlusMedia Inc.

64 Comments
Login to comment

Yippie lets all go out and party like 1999...

Said from the start its herd immunity like it or not..

Talk about not caring for the very people that pay those stinking politicians salaries...thrown under the bus for those stinking Olympics...

30 ( +34 / -4 )

Thanks to Suga govt good for nothing " quasi measures ". What a blinding lack of leadership qualities on exhibit for the world to see.

32 ( +37 / -5 )

SHUT. IT. ALL. DOWN.

3 ( +22 / -19 )

Tokyo is, sadly, going to catch up number wise to Osaka. As I said on March 12th, and as those of you living in Japan know, the higher numbers are predictable when looking at all the activities around the end of March and beginning of April. (Last night in my neighborhood in central Osaka it was like any other year’s mid-April atmosphere and activity.)

16 ( +20 / -4 )

I have noticed that everytime there is talk of the Olympics being cancelled by any senior members, the number of tests/positive cases go up.

16 ( +22 / -6 )

I have noticed that everytime there is talk of the Olympics being cancelled by any senior members, the number of tests/positive cases go up.

Everything in the japanese politics happens conveniently for a reason, and literally everything is under control (including these daily numbers, from day 1 of the pandemic).

16 ( +19 / -3 )

So again roughly 7% positive cases.

It was less some time ago (it was more a year ago, agreed).

I expect the numbers to rise again the same way they are rising in other countries.

This is definitely not the end of the tunnel yet!

12 ( +15 / -3 )

Numbers will continue to climb until the vaccine is rolled out and as that is being done so slowly then better get used to these high numbers.

20 ( +21 / -1 )

Quasi emergency measures will always produce semi sugoi results.

22 ( +23 / -1 )

Talk about off topic.???? This article is hard to comment on because it lacks substance. There is absolutely nothing in thi article about Suga and his govt.

gintonicToday 03:38 pm JST

Thanks to Suga govt good for nothing " quasi measures ". What a blinding lack of leadership qualities on exhibit for the world to see.

-22 ( +2 / -24 )

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 729 new cases of the coronavirus, up 138 from Wednesday and the highest number since Feb 4.

In Tokyo, the number (387 men and 342 women) is the result of 11,576 tests conducted on April 12. By age group, people in their 20s (203 cases) and their 30s (145) accounted for the highest numbers, while 105 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 37, down four from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 608.

Excellent on severe symptoms cases. What happened to the other four? Dead? Replaced? Went home? Recovered? Ran away?

-11 ( +7 / -18 )

What does this have to do with the article. Seems very off topic to me.

Seems like a perfectly fitting metaphor in light of the rising cases with no end in sight.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

Numbers will continue to climb

I honestly don’t believe the official numbers will climb that much.

After a year of pandemic and a “few waves” in Japan, we see that there is a small increase every now and then and government comes up with a couple of non sense measures.

Then, magically the numbers sharply decrease, and government propaganda starts “we beat the virus” and so on.

This is just another chapter, probably to prove that we can control waves SO QUICKLY here, with no real measures, that its safe to hold Olympics.

The usual propaganda.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

Everything in the japanese politics happens conveniently for a reason, and literally everything is under control (including these daily numbers, from day 1 of the pandemic).

This can easily be explained by the opposite relationship, people in high places can get access to the numbers a few hours before the media and the public. They see a spike and immediately leak something to calm the public "before" the increase of cases.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

What happened to the other four? Dead? Replaced? Went home? Recovered? Ran away?

And Kyakusenbi_Arimasu starts understanding this country has a problem with the transparency of numbers ...

20 ( +21 / -1 )

ZorotoToday 04:18 pm JST

What does this have to do with the article. Seems very off topic to me.

HUH? Predicting over 2000 from mathematical studies is off topic? Nope, sorry kiddo. Not impolite at all and quite on topic. The topic is numbers of cases. Duh

-12 ( +5 / -17 )

729 cases out of millions of people sevete cases down, I see no problem or cause for alarm.

-14 ( +10 / -24 )

Wash you hands. Wear a mask (to protect others). No decent vaccination policy here so we kind of have to love with it, don't we?

11 ( +14 / -3 )

The only headline that will make people sit up now, will be if Japan Today print a daily 'Death Count' Far more relevant than printing what is a number than is probably 10x stated.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

Why always age group 20 is more than any other group? Are they clubbing even during ES?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Japan could end its citizens suffering from this debilitating and deadly disease if it would switch its policy and contract with China or Russia to get enough life-saving vaccine medicine for everyone living there from either (or both) countries. As their Leader of the Free World, Joe Biden, rightfully says this is not about politics. It's about everyone doing their part to end this horrific crisis. Remember, we are all in this together. Everyone in Japan must get the jab -- no matter from what country -- when it's their turn.

-13 ( +10 / -23 )

@ Kyakusenbi_ArimasuToday  04:13

Talk about off topic.????

Question? Who’s the current leader of the LDP?

10 ( +11 / -1 )

in light of the rising cases with no end in sight.

Yeah yeah yeah, you said the same in January. Keep saying the same thing over and over again, you are a winner.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

how many deaths from these cases?i never found this information so cant understand how many % of people from all cases have died...or is this information top secret?

if you can say A pls say B as well!

3 ( +7 / -4 )

So the 20s and 30s are getting infected the most. Should we vaccinate our public facing, working people first? I know the virus is harder on the elderly, but they can shelter at home. And a lot of them don't want the vaccine anyway!

1 ( +8 / -7 )

I was being sarcastic but got upvoted. If we have learned anything it is that lockdowns are not that effective. Disease is by now endemic and so nothing we do will eradicate it (or even really affect the spread). but anyway, lets keep doing the same stuff over and over again. 4th wave my a**

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

Indeed, It is Endemic. A true lockdown now would be ineffective and economic suicide when business has already suffered enough for a year. These quasi measures will be going on for literally forever unless we start getting vaccines into arms. Quickly. Not only is the rollout alarmingly slow, the fact that only Doctors and Nurses can administer the jab is a joke. Pharmacists, Paramedics, and those that have retired from these professions need to be pulled out and paid good money to get things moving.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Around 5k infections nationwide. In the overall context of a population of 120 odd million, that is not too many, but it should not have gotten to this.

Japan is paying a price for dithering with vaccine approvals and the subsequent vaccine rollout.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

@thelonius

What on earth makes you think that the elderly are not working? This is Japan, they cannot afford to "shelter at home."

17 ( +19 / -2 )

Around 5k infections nationwide. In the overall context of a population of 120 odd million

The real number, with the extremely low amount of testing is at least 10x of that, likely putting it on par with the numbers in the US.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

The 4th wave will shut down the Olympics. Maybe that’s a good thing as it will finally focus the Government to take care of the health and safety of her people.

15 ( +20 / -5 )

@yakyak,

I couldn't agree more.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Well, now you see the results of a rush back to open up, Osaka first, and Tokyo to follow. Well done, guys! I like how they wonder why it's happening, though.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

@smithinjapan: you are very quick to just criticise, but never say what you think should be done.

-13 ( +3 / -16 )

@smithinjapan: you are very quick to just criticise, but never say what you think should be done.

I assume he's is not an expert and doesn't get paid taxpayers money to make these decisions.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

How long ago was Hanami? Seems to fit the timeline. The effect of the quasi-measures should kick in next week. School entrance ceremonies the week after. Students back in the classroom maybe the week after that.

The next 4 weeks look dark.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

theResident Today  05:31 pm JST

Indeed, It is Endemic. A true lockdown now would be ineffective and economic suicide when business has already suffered enough for a year. These quasi measures will be going on for literally forever unless we start getting vaccines into arms. Quickly. Not only is the rollout alarmingly slow, the fact that only Doctors and Nurses can administer the jab is a joke. Pharmacists, Paramedics, and those that have retired from these professions need to be pulled out and paid good money to get things moving.

That's right.

All this uncertainty is crippling industry. Salespeople can't go out and meet existing and new customers, and businesses aren't spending. Yet the the crooks and liars in Nagata-cho and the prefectural assemblies around the country keep collecting their salaries while spreading fear, just to try and save the Olympics.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

The solution is incredibly simple! https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/14/covid-india-authorizes-use-of-russias-sputnik-v-vaccine.html

The Japanese government should do it before we are talking about the 5th, 6th and 7th waves.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

only hysteria I see about Covid in Japan is from foreigners moaning about how Japan should adopt the West’s policies, lol. Oh yeah, all those lockdowns worked a treat and millions still suffer daily whole here life is carefree

That's Bolsanoro's speech no ?

10 ( +12 / -2 )

Close those restaurants at 7.30pm!

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

The current trajectory is all to familiar around the world.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

What does it tell you when in a matter of weeks off the 3rd wave we are back and deep into the 4th Wave?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Nor are you @Zoroto, but you do exactly the same. What's your answer, but to criticise the system? We all know it's flawed, but you recycle the same message everyday. I have no idea where you are from, but you must recgonise that not one country in the world up until recently, most notably the UK and US have got a grip on this, due to vaccinations. Yet, up until that point they had were in some of the worst situations that Covid had bought about.

I'm amazed that your only retort everyday is that it's all about Olympics. Please offer something else by way of opinion.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

All this fuss over a few dozen serious cases. I'm glad Japan hasn't taken any real measures like a strict lockdown for a virus that is nothing more than a case of the sniffles for 99% of us. I'll continue to go to bars and the gym, thanks.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

I new the number would hit close to a 1000 shy by around 271 counts but it can see the number will increases real soon. Not looking good at all.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The Olympics is a major thorn in the side making Japan to try and appear healthy curtailing measures that otherwise could be more effective.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Koike’s only response now is

’tokyo e Konai de Kudasai”

please don’t come to Tokyo.

that’s all she’s got now?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Most interesting is probably that guy during the first waves playing with Excel and now forced to use a more simplified method, the desk calculator , before publishing new daily numbers. Not so many days ago 666 and 555 for Osaka, Tokyo, today 3^6 = 729....lol

Attention, good boy, I will soon start to wonder if and how many of them are real or artificial ‘coincidences’.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

What I find infuriating is the Japanese believed they were somehow magically immune to this virus. And still do. I have to endure work environments where Japanese people around me consistently let their guard down and remove masks to chat and swan around the office. I simply remove myself from that area, because luckily I can. What I find surprising is the Japanese who do keep their masks on do not say anything to their colleagues.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

What I find surprising is the Japanese who do keep their masks on do not say anything to their colleagues.

That's because it's mostly westerners the ones who like to act as self-appointed mask police or meddle in other people's business

0 ( +5 / -5 )

I think it's time to drink some of the DPM Aso treated water from the reactor in Fukushima. That ought to keep all safe from that pesky virus. Like a good cleansing; much more effective than that hydroxychloroquine DT touted last year in the U.S. You heard it here first. My idea will soon be adopted and I'll be voted into parliament in no time.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

That's because it's mostly westerners the ones who like to act as self-appointed mask police or meddle in other people's business

You reckon?

' Cos most of the maskless I see tend to be westerners.

Why are they trying to infect others with their selfishness?

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

' Cos most of the maskless I see tend to be westerners.

They are probably free thinkers like yours truly, you know people who actually dare question the msm and governments narrative regarding to the Wuhan Virus. The ones I know have gone nuts and I refuse to cope with their fearmongering and need for virtue signaling.

Why are they trying to infect others with their selfishness?

How do you know they have the 'rona? why not just stepping aside or stay home instead of being judgmental‽

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Safety first.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Country's number of serious cases rising but not in Tokyo. That is the magic of Olympic Gods protecting their coming games.

How can one believe in 14 million people Tokyo area to happen only 37 covid serious cases, far less proportionally than the rest of the countries while you get trains packed therr. No scientist to shout ?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

What will it take to convince this Government, that The Games, are not worth the predictable end result.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I don't see why people think that cancelling the Olympics will magically solve the issue.

The issue is they need to get vaccines rolling out faster, approve moderna now for god sakes, and people the PUBLIC need to take this thing seriously again. People have become far too relax and it pisses me off when I'm riding the train and seeing many mostly young folks from time to time NOT wearing a mask and the staff not enforcing it. I was at my local supermarket the other day and THREE young women chatting away walking around without masks and the staff DID NOTHING. This is why it's spreading no one enforcing rules or nothing. I don't see how cancelling the games will magically make this happen, people will magically start listening to the rules if the games are delayed or cancelled, it's just a scapegoat, games or no games, I really don't care, But I still see people still going to do this stupid stuff. People got to take it seriously again. Back in my home my nephew got Covid, why? Cause he didn't believe it would affect him and went to a party, now he's got no sense of smell or taste, no Olympics there, just stupidity, it's everywhere.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

These stupid politicians and celebrities on tv wearing these clear mouth shields that provide absolutely zero protection against covid for the wearer. You see security staff on the street wearing them as well, they provide perhaps maybe a meniscal percentage in spraying from the wearer, but zero protection to the wearer in protection from viruses. People "wearing" masks just over their mouths and not their nose.

Sorry for the rant, but people being stupid when they should be taking it seriously.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Numbers always go up when they test more and the PCR measuring method has high rates of false positives.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

They are probably free thinkers like yours truly, you know people who actually dare question the msm and governments narrative regarding to the Wuhan Virus. The ones I know have gone nuts and I refuse to cope with their fearmongering and need for virtue signaling.

Sound quite selfish to me. There's nothing liberated about watching a few YouTube videos and deciding it's all a conspiracy.

How do you know they have the 'rona? why not just stepping aside or stay home instead of being judgmental‽

Why should I stay home because of some idiotic westerners who have no respect for those around them, in times of crisis?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Cases in this wave were already going up on March 21 when the State of Emergency was ended! Made the gov’t look so stupid and slow - if you were paying attention ( and most people weren’t). Crowd gathering surely didn’t help, but it didn’t create this wave either.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Maybe lockdowns, quasi lockdowns, “states of emergency” only extend the virus’ visit with humans. Only prolonging this crazy game.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Now all we need is just for Golden Week to come, and then we'll be back by 1k cases a day in no time.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Only 667 in Tokyo today. Better than yesterday. Hope Osaka the same.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites