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Tokyo reports 884 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,295

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday reported 884 new cases of the coronavirus, 68 more than Sunday.

The number is the result of 2,067 tests conducted on Jan 1.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 63,474.

By age group, the most cases are people in their 20s (241), followed by 181 in their 30s, 147 in their 40s, 124 in their 50s and 60 in their 60s. Fifty-eight cases were younger than 20.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 108, up seven from Sunday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,295. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (412), Osaka (286), Saitama (243), Chiba (195), Aichi (152), Fukuoka (128), Hyogo (118), Hokkaido (93), Kyoto (76), Tochigi (69), Gifu (52), Hiroshima (47) and Gunma (37).

Thirty-three coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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Is it a record high positive rate? 43 percent?

6 ( +18 / -12 )

2076 tests. Pathetic. Just pathetic.

16 ( +26 / -10 )

Meant 2067.. ha, even worse!

7 ( +18 / -11 )

The 7-day average is even at 10.3% now, excluding the data from today (!), compared to ~3% early November.

For those saying they don't hear many ambulances, or those who "mathematically" argument daily here that is is just 0.00..% of the Tokyo population: you still don't understand that the hospitals are now 70-80% full, and this is with the limited testing where many people stay sick kat home and die there. I am still confused as to why these poster will (without any doubt) pop up again under this comment, spreading misinformation about the severity of this virus.

10 ( +21 / -11 )

Edit: that 7-day average is even excluding the past five days, according to the Tokyo corona website itself (going to Dec 30...):

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Extremely troubling figures.

S.O.E NOW!

-1 ( +14 / -15 )

Over 40 percent of tests are positive. Come on Japan, do something already. Fools.

7 ( +20 / -13 )

There must be incredibly strict criteria just to get a test.

19 ( +25 / -6 )

@BigYen, it is just too late for Japan. The virus is everywhere now. It is like telling a 300 pound morbidly obese person to drink diet soda with their 5 cheeseburgers.

12 ( +21 / -9 )

The number is the result of 2,067 tests conducted on Jan 1.

Few weeks back there used to be 300-400 cases out of 10,000. Today its 884/2067. This is getting crazy!

2 ( +8 / -6 )

Most of us knew months ago what we had to expect! Others said don't worry. So, who was right? People be careful and stay safe!

9 ( +11 / -2 )

instead of everyone calling for a lock down you should all be calling for the vaccine to rolled out quicker !

They should have started already like other countries.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

2000 tests?! That’s embarrassing and just so so so stupid.

roll out the vaccines now japan! Hurry up before more people die

2 ( +7 / -5 )

884 out of 2067 tests.

Imagine if the promised 60,000 tests a day promised over and over again were actually happening.

Or imagine testing hundreds of thousands a day, like other developed countries/economies are doing now. I wonder the number of real cases.

However this will never happen as getting tested remains a mission impossible, even if you have symptoms.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

like other developed countries/economies

Most third world countries test more than Japan. And wouldn't be surprised it they ended up rolling out vaccines faster. Just saying...

4 ( +12 / -8 )

I am afraid that unless we have a National SOE declared, as we did in April by Abe, then nothing will change. I know few places that have abided by the 10pm request - I doubt the 8pm request will have much effect either.

The April/May SOE may not have have been forcefully imposed by law, did have the desired effect of keeping people off the streets and out of Restaurants/Shops.

Personally, I don't agree with lockdowns - full stop. They haven't really been effective anywhere else in the world apart from those VERY few countries (Aus/NZ/Taiwan) that have also completely closed their borders apart from their own citizens who have actually had go through a proper quarantine. UK is basically in its third lockdown noiw - and to what effect? Anyway, as we all know, the lockdwn that many clamour for on this website simply isn't going to happen

It IS too late now - we can try enforcing social distancing, but the sheer density of people in Tokyo and the Prefectures make it almost impossible acheive.

In the case of Japan - Vaccines are the way out, but once again - Japan will be slow to approve, so don't hold your breath.

Stay safe people - If you haven't caught it yet there is a fair chance you will or have already had it - especially in Tokyo. Rampant.

-6 ( +6 / -12 )

@Fiddler No, I don’t call for those ‘vaccines’ , developed under stress, uncontrolled, certified under panic and with significant severe side effects. Of course I am not against vaccinations with a working and not dangerous one, although this also won’t solve the problem. I just call for a 70 days plus sigma lockdown to extinguish the virus completely or nearly completely to get our normal life back or the rest of it. And I mean a lockdown which deserves its name , not all those stupid trials of a ‘lockdown’ that have led to nothing else than spending too much valued time and spreading the viruses further, by the way everywhere on the planet, not only here, and now also in other mutations and variants, leading possibly to a setback of all efforts.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

2067 tests makes me laugh and it’sthe same story everyday! I cannot even think about it that means nearly 50% of the population in japan are positive to COVID! Translated in numbers around 60 million people! GoTo to トラブル trouble!

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Positive results from non medical institutions are included in the total, yet test conducted by these non medical institutions are not. Thats a major reason why Positive rates and test numbers no longer match.

Japantoday should really explain this, but seeing as the tokyo government don't bother to, can't blame Japantoday.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Positive results from non medical institutions are included in the total, yet test conducted by these non medical institutions are not. Thats a major reason why Positive rates and test numbers no longer match.

Japantoday should really explain this, but seeing as the tokyo government don't bother to, can't blame Japantoday.

So you are saying that non-medical institutions were open on Jan 1st? I am extremely skeptical of this.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Yes there were. Its a business and they are in demand.

There was an add I saw in the newspapers confirming this.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Click the link it even says so.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

@Sven Asai: Who is going to pay for your 70+ day lockdown? How many businesses do you want to see go bankrupt? How many suicides do you wish to be reported? (It will be more than the Covid Death Toll for sure).

0 ( +9 / -9 )

Today I read in the Japan Times on the internet that Suga does not want to declare an emergency declaration because he fears his poll numbers would drop even further showing his poor handling of the coronavirus. Wow, all I could think of is an Asian version of Trump if this report is actually true.

These elderly men need to get their heads out of the sand.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

https://www.takedaclinic.com/news/747/

Goggle Translation.

Asymptomatic people account for about 1/4 to 1/3. The main reason for this phenomenon is that more and more people are undergoing PCR tests at their own expense. Asymptomatic holders have been identified as a result of the inclusion of PCR tests in the Go To Campaign travel packs and the increasing number of people undergoing tests at their own expense due to business trips, homecoming, and going to facilities for the elderly. That's why. The pros and cons will be described later, but the problem is that if the test is positive at your own expense, the positive person will be reported to the health center and added to the number of positive people, but if it is negative, the number of negative tests will be all. The inconvenience of not being able to increase the number of PCR tests will occur, and the positive rate for the number of PCR tests will be higher than it actually is. This will also affect the number of effective reproductions.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

https://www.takedaclinic.com/news/747/

The article you posted seems like op-ed and talks about unreliable PCR tests.

This is not supported by any peer-reviewed research. In fact, PCR tests are deemed extremely reliable.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Its already too late I agree to @reckless. Herd immunity will be reached before the SOE begins. But this virus is so weak its like catching a cold that doesn;t know what to do?

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Can you read Japanese?

Testing numbers do not include private clinics

But positive results include privately conducted positives.

Call the metropolitan government if you wish to confirm.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Move on. Nothing to look at. Oh, look at the sky.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

@theresident

very pertinent questions,

that nobody is able to (or wants to) answer

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

@tooheynews: Indeed. Exactly my point.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Testing numbers do not include private clinics

But positive results include privately conducted positives.

It would be odd if they counted the positive but did not even include that positive in the number of tests.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

So many of yuo so hung up on the test numbers. Let's say 5000 healthy people demand to get tested. Maybe one or two might have a false positive. There is no reason to test healthy people.

Oh yes, I did not hear any ambulances in my 8.7 kilometer walk.

They still have posters up from four different reputable companies advertising home PCR testing kits at local chain drug stores. So if you are paranoid, cough out some bucks. If not sit back and trust in what the government is doing. I am.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

Guys i agree these numbers of tests are ridiculous for a developed nation and very sad to see ... It is like flying completely blind in a massive storm, only to then realize that you are heading for a huge mountain and you have no chance of avoiding the crash. And the worst part is, it could have been prevented ... and that's not just the government's fault.

Those who are not affected should put themselves in the shoes of the people who are ... show solidarity and try to get a grip on the situation. Do your best even if it is tiring. I believe you can do this! And please use your vote wisely next time in the hope of a change in your government ... unbelievable.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

One way to be tested and not to pay is go and donate blood when their is call out and they will automatically test for the coronavirus as well as HIV if you have a worry of having that. I plan to donate the next time there is a bus set up by my next station.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

@Ashley Shiba

One way to be tested and not to pay is go and donate blood when their is call out and they will automatically test for the coronavirus as well as HIV if you have a worry of having that. I plan to donate the next time there is a bus set up by my next station.

Good idea, works for some. Just be sure to check the criteria before you go, as not everyone are eligible to donate. For example I can't donate blood in Japan, as I've resided in some European countries on their no go-list between 1980 and the present day. Majority of European countries are on that list..

1 ( +1 / -0 )

@Ashley and @Vinke

Vinke is correct. Also if you are over 67 you cannot donate. Plus if you do not read or understand Japanese well as there is a form that must be filled out, and nobody wants or can translate, you cannot donate.

They put a sign outside the trucks listing blood types they want, but usually the RH factor is not listed and that is quite important. But since they are in short supply now, I am sure someone will help you out.

At least you won't have to cough out any Yen for the PCR test. Not sure if you can use that one for travel purposes though.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Calling for a complete communist-style lockdown is just silly. It’s not going to happen here.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

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