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Tokyo reports 868 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,534

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 868 new cases of the coronavirus, down 196 from Thursday.

The number (445 men and 423 women) is the result of 10,606 tests conducted on Jan 26.

By age group, the most number of cases were in their 20s (172), followed by 140 in their 30s, 112 in their 40s, 119 in their 50s, 82 in their 60s, 79 in their 70s and 71 in their 80s. Also, 61 cases were younger than 20 (20of whom were younger than 10), health officials said.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 147, down three from Thursday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 1,014.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,534. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most numbers were Kanagawa (385), Osaka (346), Chiba (339), Saitama (256), Aichi (164), Hyogo (161), Hokkaido (111), Kyoto (89), Ibaraki (86), Okinawa (63), Tochigi (44), Gunma (41) and Shizuoka (38).

The number of deaths reported nationwide was 96.

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Thank you Mr. Suga! We will reach our goal soon and be able to hold the Olympics!

-18 ( +9 / -27 )

While even japanese people start questioning this “official” number decrease, unfortunately the very few companies who had staff working from home are using this “decrease” as an excuse to bring people back to the office, and as a consequence to the jam packed Tokyo trains.

15 ( +19 / -4 )

C'mon, few tests conducted few results.

All for the sake of the Olympics.

While other countries have started vaccination some weeks ago, Japan is still planning, thinking, meeting, and so on. So, what is fantastic, competent and decisive?

12 ( +16 / -4 )

Thank you Mr. Suga! We will reach our goal soon and be able to hold the Olympics!

Just crank back testing a bit more and you’ll be at your goal!

14 ( +18 / -4 )

Thank you Mr. Suga! We will reach our goal soon and be able to hold the Olympics!

Possibly, but not in Japan.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Does government have control over the number of daily tests issued? Or are test figures determined by who came to clinics/hospitals meeting the criteria of symptoms needed to get a test?

If it is the latter it would seem that the situation is slightly better than before.

Anybody know?

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Does government have control over the number of daily tests issued?

For free tests, everything must get approval from government health office. Otherwise you pay 30,000-40,000 yen.

https://www.city.gotemba.lg.jp/kenkou/kanri/assets/uploads/2020/02/kensa_nagare.pdf

You cannot get a free test unless approved by government. So government have 100% control over the reported cases and number of tests they conduct

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Good job Tokyo. We are getting slowly beating the the third wave.

"The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 147, down three from Thursday, health officials said. "

Well done health care workers!. Japanese health care workers the best in the world.

-18 ( +4 / -22 )

Well done health care workers!. Japanese health care workers the best in the world.

I agree, the absolute best! Not even close!

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Thanks @blahblah222

So when a patient presents with symptoms at a clinic they must get approval from the government before getting a free test? I believe the physician could make a spot decision to test, no?

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

I believe the physician could make a spot decision to test, no?

I believe no. If you believe that to be the case, why ask the question in the first place?

3 ( +8 / -5 )

So when a patient presents with symptoms at a clinic they must get approval from the government before getting a free test?

No only hospitals specified by the government can administer those tests. If you do not go through the government health office you cannot get the free test. There’s nothing the doctor can do to help you without the government assigning you an appointment slot at a specified hospital for the test.

13 ( +13 / -0 )

While other countries have started vaccination some weeks ago, Japan is still planning, thinking, meeting, and so on. So, what is fantastic, competent and decisive?

A lot of those countries are desperate and the rollout is a mess. Countries like Canada and Australia are in the same boat as Japan. So don't pretend like every big country is getting vaccinated.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Just a question to JT forumers.

Do you personally know anyone in Japan who got Covid ?

I personally do not. Just heard from someone who knows someone.

So if covid was so largely spreading here, we should all know personally someone having it.

-16 ( +3 / -19 )

Countries like Canada and Australia are in the same boat as Japan. 

?

In Canada, vaccinations have started, so they are not in the "same boat" as Japan.

In Australia, maybe you missed the news, but they haven't had a new case for how many days now? So they can do whatever they want at whatever pace they want.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

@therougou

No, not every country is getting vaccinated. But Japan has the advantage and learn from the mistakes other countries have done. But up until now, it's just meetings, discussing, bad decisions (go2travel), wasting taxpayers money (ours) and politicians pretending to be busy. Understaffed and underpaid medical staff can't continue like this anymore and the government doesn't care about them. Just keep pachinko and karaoke open!

Japanese government, unlike other government, can't make any decision without worry they will be criticised for bad outcome.

I've been living here for three decades, being citizen for bit less than that, I've seen a lot but this takes the cake.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

So when a patient presents with symptoms at a clinic they

Unless guidelines have changed youre not suppose to go directly to a medical institution, you ahould call the covid consultation center first and they will direct you to an appropriate institutions.

Not all clinics and hospitals deal with covid

5 ( +5 / -0 )

So if covid was so largely spreading here, we should all know personally someone having it.

Many infections are asymptomatic, so many who got covid don't even know it.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

It must get really boring for you "not testing enough crowd" to keep posting your too few tests, they are hiding cases nonsense. I've asked at least 4 times before and never had a reply....

Do you really think that ALL the healthcare professionals are more concerned with Japan's Olympic dream than the nation's health?

Who do you want tested that isn't being tested now. (those with real symptoms and those with known contact)

Do you want pointless random testing?

The obviously fit and healthy?

Those who like coffee?

Who?

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

Yes, didou. I personally know four people who've had it.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Do you personally know anyone in Japan who got Covid

I do, one person directly, one had to quarantine because their family member tested positive. I also know somebody who got refused even though they had symptoms. That's not someone I know in person though.

I think the problem most people have here that people who have mild symptoms can't get tested. By now, even people with more severe might get rejected because the public centres are overwhelmed. This makes the numbers look lower than in other countries, while the virus keeps spreading through people who'd otherwise self-isolate. At least that's why I'm reluctant to trust the numbers.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Do you personally know anyone in Japan who got Covid ?

Yes, two people.

So if covid was so largely spreading here, we should all know personally someone having it.

Do you personally know anyone who died in WWII, Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria? If not, then there were never any of those wars. That’s the “logic” you are attempting to employ.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

I know 8 people tha thave had this virus. Me, my spouse, my friend, two out of five living together upstairs from me, and three others. (Two adults and a five year old)

We are all fine so far, and continuing to travel.

-12 ( +4 / -16 )

didou

Do you personally know anyone in Japan who got Covid ?

Yeah, two personally. Then at least 10 more second-hand. Then, all the talento and politicans, sportspersons, etc.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

The downward trend continues. Nice to see.

Recoveries have been considerably outpacing new cases recently, with the number of active cases Japan-wide falling from almost 80000 to just over 60000 now.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Do you really think that ALL the healthcare professionals are more concerned with Japan's Olympic dream than the nation's health?

No, of course not.

Who do you want tested that isn't being tested now. (those with real symptoms and those with known contact)

This isn’t entirely accurate. Those with symptoms aren’t being tested until the symptoms are far too advanced.

Those that have had known contact aren’t being tested like you claim. They have to wait until the person they were in close contact with shows an unreasonable amount of symptoms to be tested. Once those people have been confirmed positive, those with close contact are then tested.

There is poor information flow between prefectures as well, which slows the rate of testing.

Do you want pointless random testing?

No, just appropriate testing.

The obviously fit and healthy?

No.

Those who like coffee?

If they are showing symptoms.

Who?

Those showing symptoms or have been in close contact and those who would like a test.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Good job Tokyo. We are getting slowly beating the the third wave.

*"The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 147, down three from Thursday, health officials said. "*

What are you celebrating ...20 critical patients died in Tokyo and 17 replaced them , so it's down 3. That's a good job for you?

12 ( +13 / -1 )

People with severe symptoms down 3. Yesterday a record over 20 deaths in Tokyo. I dont know what the number was today. One can assume most if not all the 20, plus however many died today, (plus hopefully a few did recover ) were in hospital with severe symptoms. Thus it means their places in the hospitals for severe symptom were quickly filled ( from the 1000s waiting for hospital beds) . People do realise that many of those with severe symptoms do not get better and that number going down by 1 or 2 or 3 is not some measure of success that 1 or 2 or 3 patients got better. I wonder the death figures are often omitted from these daily numbers stories.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

@Redbear

"The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 147, down threefrom Thursday, health officials said. "

Well done health care workers!. Japanese health care workers the best in the world.

I think you may be misinterpreting what this number means and why it is reported. It's an indicator of strain on the medical system, not how good/bad the healthcare workers are. It tells us nothing about why the number went down. Obviously fewer people were added than subtracted, but of the ones subtracted from the list, did they recover? Or did they pass away? Most likely both. But this number doesn't tell us that.

However, I will join you in thanking the healthcare workers doing their best day in and day out. Usually a thankless job.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

@SandyBeachHeaven of course you are correct. J gov are perfect. moderately intelligent and the world will be grateful for the Olympics.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

This isn’t entirely accurate. Those with symptoms aren’t being tested until the symptoms are far too advanced.

Those that have had known contact aren’t being tested like you claim. They have to wait until the person they were in close contact with shows an unreasonable amount of symptoms to be tested. Once those people have been confirmed positive, those with close contact are then tested.

So this is accurate?

Youre not exagerrating?

Honest question

2 ( +2 / -0 )

P.Smith....

Those that have had known contact aren’t being tested like you claim. They have to wait until the person they were in close contact with shows an unreasonable amount of symptoms to be tested. Once those people have been confirmed positive, those with close contact are then tested.

This may have been the case 6 months ago in Tokyo, however, those in contact were asked to self isolate. They are virtually certain to get tested now. How do you think that 90% of the tests are negative?

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 147, down three from Thursday, health officials said

because those 3 died or recovered?

anyhow, still won’t believe anything from lldp they have time to hit up a high class hostess gcuppub should not be worthwhile

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Something isn't right with the daily numbers. It is as if the cases have been programmed to drop below the SOE criteria. On the otherhand deaths have increased considerably in sharp contrast with the reduced testing and positive cases. Some T.V programs Miyane is already bragging how Japan has once again been able to bring the numbers down within a short time without a lockdown but just urging whereas countries with hard lockdowns are experiencing high numbers. How the reduced numbers is the result of everyone making an effort, handwashing, gaggle, social distancing which cannot be said of foreign countries.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Thanks for your answers.

As I do not know anyone who got it here, ( and only 1 person in my home country.)I was just wondering.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Do you personally know anyone who died in WWII, Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria? If not, then there were never any of those wars. That’s the “logic” you are attempting to employ

My grand grand father was injured when 16 during WWI. All his life, he was handicapped,

Your logic is strange too to compare with wars.

I am not one of those guys who always think numbers are far from the truth , want or would like to see things worse than they are as many on this forum, and deny everytime announcements from the Japanese authorities to think the situation is really bad here.

Fear mongering has been on since the start of covid, and every day, medias are keeping with that logic. I saw many people getting scared or parano, for example avoiding just being in an elevator with someone else or things like that.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

German health minister Jens Spahn said he expects the European Union’s drug regulator to authorize a coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca on Friday, but it may not be recommended for people over 65 because of insufficient data...so what is the excuse here?

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