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Tokyo reports 884 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,830

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 884 new cases of the coronavirus, down four from Thursday. The number is the result of 9.815 tests conducted on Dec 22.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 54,902.

By age group, the highest number of cases were people in their 20s (246), followed by 175 in their 30s, 154 in their 40s and 109 in their 50s.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 81, up eight from Thursday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,830. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (466), Saitama (298), Osaka (294), Aichi (265), Hyogo (232), Chiba (213), Fukuoka (143), Kyoto (121), Hiroshima (120), Hokkaido (97), Kumamoto (56), Gunma (53), Miyagi (48), Okinawa (41), Gifu (38) and Ibaraki (27).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths was 61.

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I suppose this is the highest Friday in Japan ever and we also may have the new variant from the UK found in Japan recently. In Tokyo it appears that persons are keeping their guard up but there are still some persons not wearing masks.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

More than 8oo positive tests in a row!

What happened to that "magic number" they used in March / April?

10 ( +11 / -1 )

@Reckless, I think this increase in cases and in deaths which has been going on for many many weeks now is probably not due to "a new variant from the UK", but more likely from negligence of the Japanese government, the lack of social distancing by the Japanese themselves, lack of significant change in people's izakaya and social behaviors, and the active promotion of domestic traveling.

25 ( +28 / -3 )

And STILL people are flying in from the UK everyday without having to be tested. This is criminal negligence at this point.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Still an extremely low amount of testing, and a dangerously high 9% positive rate. Disturbing. Get your act together, Tokyo gov't!

11 ( +16 / -5 )

Just keep in mind that at least 1 in 10 around you might be infected and don’t be silly.

News focus on “getting infected” but I wish they could elaborate on the fact 40% develop some kind of post effect that will probably never go away. It’s really not worth getting this “cold”.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Since Dec 24 people from UK are banned.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Since Dec 24 people from UK are banned.

Not true, unfortunately.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

zichi,

As many as 24, eh?

:p

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

The way to analyse the situation in Tokyo is to compare the number of cases vs same last day of the week.

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/cards/monitoring-number-of-confirmed-cases/

Last Friday 664, today 884.

It is completely out of control and it is appalling that the government is not doing a thing to slow it down.

12 ( +15 / -3 )

the government is not doing a thing to slow it down.

They are discussing, planning and urging...

5 ( +10 / -5 )

More of the typical disinformation from some posters.

Let's get some things clear.

NOT all passengers are banned from travelling to Japan from UK. Japanese nationals and non-Japanese who are normally resident in Japan can travel. Yes, that includes certain Brits. The Brits who can no longer go are those who have just got a new visa but have not lived in Japan yet.

Second, and here's the good part, even Japanese will have to submit to a test prior to stepping on that plane. This was always the biggest problem. Why were Japanese allowed to possibly infect everyone else on the plane? No, they can't be denied entry once on Japanese soil, but I sure as hell hope airlines won't let them on if they test positive in UK.

15 ( +15 / -0 )

Since Dec 24 people from UK are banned.

Not true, unfortunately.

From the UK govt website:

“Still current at:

25 December 2020

Updated:

23 December 2020

Latest update:

From 24th December, foreign nationals arriving from the UK and in possession of visas issued since 1st October under the 'Global Residence Track' will not be permitted to enter Japan. Quarantine requirements now in place for those on the Short-Term Business Trips scheme ('Summary' and 'Entry requirements' pages).”

7 ( +8 / -1 )

It’s really becoming time to create some new mascots, ultramen and power rangers to show on TV and stages in order to get those corona numbers slightly down again....rofl

1 ( +1 / -0 )

In case anyone is considering getting tested, there are some private clinics doing so at a lower price, see link below.

These numbers won’t go to the daily tally we see on the news, being private institutions, but still worth checking if you feel unwell or had risky behaviours lately.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2020/12/23/lifestyle/low-cost-pcr-test-japan/

Take care everyone, as the government will not do a thing to reduce the risk of you getting infected.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

While I love to hate on the J-Gov just as much as the next guy, at this point people just need to take responsibility for themselves. That's the reality. Stop waiting for bureaucrats to tell you what to do.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Stop waiting for bureaucrats to tell you what to do.

I see nobody asking for bureaucrats to tell them what to do. What are you referring to?

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Complaining the government not doing enough. Same thing.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Complaining the government not doing enough. Same thing.

Same thing? Really? It couldn't be more different.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

It doesn't matter anymore, it could be 1 or 10000 cases a day, apart from the widespread usage of masks people are going on with their lives, most people seem to be tired of being told what to do. Good on them!

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 81, up eight from Thursday, health officials said.

For clarity, does this mean 81 new people, or 8 new people?

Moderator: It was 73 on Thursday.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Hospital numbers up, the people arriving through port of entry COIVID positive cases are up, the number of daily cases are up in Tokyo and the rest of Japan and the number of people loosing their jobs and or having their wages reduced are up. What is going on? I am tired of Koike not stepping up to the PM and for the people of Tokyo like she did prior to the election. I am tired of Suga telling us what to do and yet he goes out with his cronies in public for all to see and does the complete opposite. The COVID vaccine is arriving in March when the rest of the world has seen theirs' arrive and people are already getting their shots. Guam people and residents should all be vaccinated by the spring. Moving on, promoting go travel during a pandemic, promoting the Olympics and pumping more money into that when people are hurting and going hungry shame on Suga and Koike, too.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Two Japanese tested positive for the new variant after arriving from Japan?

Were they not tested before stepping on the plane? Thanks a bunch.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

typo: after arriving from UK.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Now because of these people, Japan might actually put a blanket ban on flights and yet again, foreign residents will be stranded. The Japanese government had already insisted that Japanese nationals should be tested before stepping on the plane, so what I'd like to know is why were they not. And what about others on the same plane. This is what happens when you think Japanese are somehow more immune to viruses and don't need testing. You can't blame foreigners for every single damn problem.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

People from the UK have NOT been banned since Dec 24

PCR test 72 hours before flying as before.

test on arrival, two weeks quarantine (home ok)

This applies to non-Brits flying in, too, not discriminatory

New thing is have to download the Japanese tracing app.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

People walk along Naka-dori in Tokyo's Marunouchi district on Thursday night. The lights were turned off at 8 p.m. for shorter hours to discourage people from staying in the crowd, as part of anti-coronavirus measures.

How about not displaying the lights at all instead of everyone packing in before 8pm?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

And STILL people are flying in from the UK everyday without having to be tested. This is criminal negligence at this point.

Comments like this shows the lack of knowledge people have out there... the never ending cycle of blaming foreigners! The fact is that a lot of Japanese are infected locally and keep going out to restaurants, office and malls and this leads to higher number of people getting infected. Just look at the crowded trains which people use and you’ll definitely encounter people coughing and sneezing in there. Also it’s the attitude of certain people who have become too “ relaxed “ and don’t practice common preventive measures such as washing hands, avoiding crowded places, lack of masks and so on. Even some restaurants have stopped using alcohol disinfectants to wipe tables and chairs after usage! Bottom line is the local infection rate will certainly keep increasing regardless of closing borders at this stage. Remember that it’s winter now so the corona virus survives longer by floating in air in comparison to summer season.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Difficult to do in Japan but complete lockdown for 6 weeks like NZ did.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Were they not tested before stepping on the plane? Thanks a bunch.

Because they arrived before the 24th and did not require a PCR test before departure. 2 arrived at Haneda on the 18th and 20th, and 3 at Kansai airport on the 21st

Samples were sent to the national research center were a thorough analysis of the virus sequence has been done.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Someone should urge JGOV to plan a series of meetings to discuss the situation.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Because they arrived before the 24th and did not require a PCR test before departure. 2 arrived at Haneda on the 18th and 20th, and 3 at Kansai airport on the 21st

OK. Which just goes to show, again, assumingJapanese are immune to the virus and don't require testing before stepping on the plane whereas every one else is assumed to be dirty is a stupid, holier-than-thou attitude.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Test few, lower the number. But the Positivity rate is much higher. 9% in Tokyo. Danger Zone.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

"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
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