Trucks with COVID-19 awareness advertisements pass through Tokyo's Shibuya district on Friday. Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
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Tokyo reports 854 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,264

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 854 new coronavirus cases, down 156 from Thursday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 926.

People in their 20s (288 cases), their 30s (144) and their 40s (118) accounted for the highest numbers, while 111 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 84, unchanged from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure was 1,209, down five from Thursday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 6,264. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Aichi (598), Hokkaido (593), Osaka (576), Fukuoka (472), Kanagawa (340), Hyogo (314), Saitama (257), Chiba (169), Hiroshima (166), Okayama (166), Kyoto (165), Gifu (155), Okinawa (134), Kumamoto (124), Oita (102), Nara (69), Ibaraki (67), Yamaguchi (58), Tochigi (51), Mie (51), Gunma (50), Shiga (47), Ishikawa (45), Nagano (43), Saga (42) and Fukushima (39).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 81.

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Way too many, not enough inoculations, not enough ICU beds and so on.

This show is gonna take us no where! 5 new cases in our little community, too, today.

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Another giant step for mankind. The Olypmpics. Hold your heads high bureaucrats. Proudly bow to the Olympic flag

12 ( +13 / -1 )

Are those trucks the latest “mobile vaccination centers”?

8 ( +8 / -0 )

amazing! i am to happy to see lower

-39 ( +2 / -41 )

8,801 tests on May 12th, quite low for mid-week-non-'holiday' (lowest since the summer when midweek testing numbers were ~15,000.

There is 97,000 testing capacity for Tokyo, 90+% of which is unused, similar to the vaccines.

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genHXZ

Easy enough to get if done privately whenever you like. Loads of places will do it. Seen for less than 3,000 yen. That's why they don't need go use those official gold-plated tests. Only the gold-plated tests are counted, of course. All be design.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

@NipponGlory

Me, too! Any decrease is good! :–)

Have we really, finally, truly — using the Japan Model — reached the summit? (Remember, you promised us back in November and December that we had peaked, but the numbers unfortunately skyrocketed in January.)

So the numbers will go down from here until we reach the Olympic opening ceremony, right? Stay safe!

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Dodging COVID in Tokyo is about to become an Olympic sport pretty soon.

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@Gwylly as i stated firmly when tokyo was 2000 a day, we had peaked. now we are much lower :) so yes we have peaked as the number state to me

-23 ( +0 / -23 )

[ THIS IS NOT A DECREASE ]

The numbers are not factual. The numbers are way more than they are reporting. This is fact. Take the numbers with a large grain of salt.

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8,801 tests on May 12th, quite low for mid-week-non-'holiday' (lowest since the summer when midweek testing numbers were ~15,000.

Yes, I can confirm it. The number of tests have decreased to the mid-March level. That explains the lower number today.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

So according to the data collected by Tokyo Keizai, yesterday in all of Japan here are the total number of covid tests done:

Public health centre 8,117

Private testing 32,108

Universities 3,605

Medical institutions 19,662

Total 63,532

Just to compare Ontario Canada is conducting 60,000 tests a day and had about the same number of positive cases as all of Japan

So Japan tests 60,000 and on average has around 3,000 positive

Ontario test 60,000 and has around 3,000 positive.

But Ontario is only 14 million people

Japan has 126 million people Tokyo 34 million

So Japan's low numbers of cases is not really low because the same number of people tested getsvthevsameb results.

So taking the simple and logic view if Japan tested 60,000 for every 14 million like the population of Ontario we could expect to see 9 times the number of cases as a result.

It is not logical that in a place with 126 million people they are testing the same number of people as a place with only 14 million.

17 ( +19 / -2 )

It is not logical that in a place with 126 million people they are testing the same number of people as a place with only 14 million.

It's entirely logical if you are trying to sweep the situation under the rug, and welcome 105,000 people (15,000 athletes and 90k hanger-ons) to the Olympics.

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It's entirely logical if you are trying to sweep the situation under the rug, and welcome 105,000 people (15,000 athletes and 90k hanger-ons) to the Olympics.

I said logical, I didn't say, I didn't understand what was actually going on.

I was trying to ask those that believe Japan actually has very few cases as to what logical explanation they can find other than a cover-up.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

numbers below 1000, yesterday an aberration. Weekly average remains in good shape. You cannot beat minimal testing as the best method to keep numbers low. Other countries do it as well.

Test numbers no longer reported in Tokyo. Me thinks they are gearing up for the Olympics. It wouldn’t sound right would it. General public of Tokyo number of daily tests 3000-4000. Olympic attendees 10,000 - 20,000.

But this is the plan. Or they could group them as one and say what a great job we have done increasing testing in Tokyo!

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Even if the numbers are padded it is still way too many new cases to call their control measures successful.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

[ THIS IS NOT A DECREASE ]

The numbers are not factual. The numbers are way more than they are reporting. This is fact. Take the numbers with a large grain of salt.

Source?

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Even trying to reduce the testing to lower the numbers.

The numbers are still going up.

On April 14th total tests done in Japan was around 76,000

Today it was about 63,000

On April 14th the positive results was approximately 4,000

As of May 13th the number of positive is over 7,000

Do testing 13,000 fewer but getting 3,000 more cases a day.

And let's not forget that over 30,000 of those daily tests are people that decided to pay out of pocket to be tested because they couldn't get tested otherwise.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Source?

http://www.healthdata.org/news-release/covid-19-has-caused-69-million-deaths-globally-more-double-what-official-reports-show

12 ( +13 / -1 )

And these are for sure even not the real numbers of the infected due to their low test propaganda.

It’s frankly scaring.

In any other countries where democracy reign sovereign there would be a huge national protest but here they are well domesticated.

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@zotoro

The source you provided states 108K people died in Japan from Covid.

That is 100000 unreported deaths!

The hyperbole, complaining, and fear coming from your posts does not match what is going on here. This forum has become an echo chamber for those who think they have all the answers. Shut downs cannot be imposed and most Japanese have a shoganai attitude. It is a very complicated problem since the economy is vitally important to the overall health of the nation. Vaccines are coming. Be patient.

-14 ( +0 / -14 )

http://www.healthdata.org/news-release/covid-19-has-caused-69-million-deaths-globally-more-double-what-official-reports-show

In 2020, deaths decreased in Japan, by 7000 according to the figures I have seen.

If covid is so much underreported, let’s say by 50000 for 2020, how do you do the math ?

If deaths were so much underreported, total should not decrease in an aging population like Japan

their low test propaganda

Fact that testing is low but there is no propaganda for low test

And let's not forget that over 30,000 of those daily tests are people that decided to pay out of pocket to be tested because they couldn't get tested otherwise

I believe tests done in private clinics on our own are not counted. Just a guess.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Ha ha ha, 100,000 unreported deaths in Japan, utter tosh. As if people wouldn’t cotton on to this nonsense. Will the Covid Conspiracy Theorists please stop making this outlandish claims without any basis in truth. Deaths fell in Japan last year.

Covid is a problem here but not to the extent some of those here claim, deaths are low and those in non seniors are negligible. Just take precautions, don’t live in fear, have a positive mind which boosts the immune system,

-15 ( +1 / -16 )

"In a characteristically Japanese way, we have all but brought this epidemic under control in the last month and a half. Surely, it shows the power of the Japan model."

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. May 25th, 2020

7 ( +7 / -0 )

The source you provided states 108K people died in Japan from Covid.

That is 100000 unreported deaths!

The hyperbole, complaining, and fear coming from your posts does not match what is going on here. 

The source I posted has no incentive to lie, why would they?

The Japanese government, on the other hand....

Guess which source I trust more?

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@Zoroto

naturally, those that have beliefs in outlandish and queer theories will cherry pick things to support their beliefs. Even if totally irrational they use it to confirm what they think. The government cannot lie about deaths per year so it’s a fact but the study you believe is a unproved theory.

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

View the external link.

https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html

PCR Tested in Tokyo,

Tested Positive in Tokyo,

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), presented on the Ministry of Health. Labour and Welfare site neglects to report a independent review

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00079.html

3 ( +3 / -0 )

650,000+ People died in America due to COVID. However, they are opening back up and removing masks. 117 Million people have been FULLY vaccinated.

10,000+ People died in Japan due to COVID. Japan is under newly issued SOE's, as cases are rising and with 4 more prefectures being added. Japan is still wearing masks. 1.57 Million people have been FULLY vaccinated.

The Japanese Govt's only focus has been 1. On the Olymp¥ics. 2. Shifting the blame to anyone, or anything they can to take the focus off their complete utter failure to try to vaccinate the public.

Where would you rather be?

Upvote for America

Downvote for Japan

5 ( +8 / -3 )

@falseflag

If Japan is not careful they can easily end up like the US or India. If the Gov't wants to be so arrogant as they have been, trying to "beat the virus" with the Olympics then they have been mistaken. The only way to beat a virus is by Vaccines..which they can't not even figure out how to open the vile and figure out what gauge needle to use.

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@ChiaPet

The way to have low deaths and low mortality is low obesity rates, healthy population and a clean country. Japan will not have deaths like the West due to these facts. The Western governments of worst hit nations should implement an emergency keep healthy and lose weight campaign. This would do more short and long term for the nations health than vaccines.

-13 ( +0 / -13 )

In any other countries where democracy reign sovereign there would be a huge national protest but here they are well domesticated.

A lot of people including even experts are happy with the low test and helps keep japan's numbers low and something to feel good about when comparing with other countries.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Over 6,000 new cases nationally on a day. That’s 42,000 in a week, 168,000 in a month. Problem?

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Where you have large crowds you will have spreaders. In Japans case the trains and shopping areas are crowded this is going to be a tough fight! All it takes is one person to be infected in a crowded area.

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fabricated numbers built on minimal testing or manipulation of data. Just like all the Jinc scandals of the past!

the Olympics were a 99.9% success will be reported soon.

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is anyone aware that while the liberal press readily calls the new variant the Indian variant it decided last year that calling the good old virus the Wuhan virus was racist? In the pocket of the Chinese?

Probably because calling it the 'Wuhan virus' was an attempt by previous and long-since dismissed weak-willed politicians to cover up their own inability to deal with something that that they couldn't intellectually grasp by blaming their own failures on someone else.

Calling something an 'Indian / British / South African variant' is harder for right-wingers to blame on someone else since it doesn't include the words 'china' or 'muslim'.

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Numbers down in some prefectures as well, and vaccinations starting to gather pace, although 5.5M jabs is still far too few. This wave will start to pass in the next few weeks with the summer heat and the increased number of vaccinations.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

This wave will start to pass in the next few weeks with the summer heat 

I didn't know the virus doesn't live when it's hot! Isn't India hot? Look at them. You have NO idea what you are talking about. Completely laughable.

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