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Tokyo reports 944 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,834

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 944 new cases of the coronavirus, up 88 from Tuesday. The number is the result of 2,084 tests conducted on Dec 27.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 58,840.

By age group, the highest number of cases were people in their 20s (249), followed by 178 in their 30s, 150 in their 40s, 136 in their 50s, 60 in their 60s and 40 in their 70s.

Eighty-four cases were aged under 20.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 85, up one from Tuesday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported infections as of 6:30 p.m. was 3,834. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (432), Osaka (307), Aichi (294), Saitama (244), Chiba (218), Fukuoka (189), Hyogo (188), Hokkaido (133), Kyoto (96), Hiroshima (84), Gifu (67), Gunma (56), Tochigi (56), Okinawa (47), Shizuoka (46), Kumamoto (38), Ibaraki (37), Miyagi (34) and Okayama (32).

Forty-three coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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Tokyo reports 944 new coronavirus cases

Highest for a Wednesday. Previous high was 748.

The good news is the numbers should be lower the next 5-6 days, since the testing will have stopped for the year-end holidays.

6 ( +13 / -7 )

I wish they’d show how targeted the testing was, as today’s percentage is frankly frightening.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

I wish they’d show how targeted the testing was, as today’s percentage is frankly frightening.

Assume that the numbers are based on yesterday's test, regardless of what they say. So on Friday you will find out how many tests the 944 was based on. Hopefully 10,000+.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

47% positive. This is simply a catastrophe waiting to happen, and the medical professionals will bear the brunt of the disaster.

Take strict action NOW.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

I’m thinking in terms of we’re the majority of tests performed due to known routes or not? For if the latter, then there’s an obvious dangerous situation to the rest of the public.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

I’m thinking in terms of we’re the majority of tests performed due to known routes or not?

The answer is no. If you look at the Tokyo Government web page, it shows what percentage of the new cases are known routes vs unknown. For yesterday, it was 586 unknown and 270 known. So about 68% unknown. If anything, the percentage of unknown is increasing.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Suga san - ease access to testing to everyone, even with light symptoms.

It is nearly impossible to get tested, and this will result in further spreading.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

47% positive. This is simply a catastrophe waiting to happen, and the medical professionals will bear the brunt of the disaster.

Although I know the tests weren't conducted randomly on the population, I still shudder to think that each person tested at that time had a roughly even chance.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

There must be an internal memo somewhere that says we cannot have 1000 cases in Tokyo until 2021.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

No internal memo needed...it’s called advance obedience. lol

3 ( +6 / -3 )

but you have to look at the world

I do, and I see every single Asian country doing better than Japan.

18 ( +21 / -3 )

@zichi

I was reading a post, many private PCR testing places are opening and charging just ¥2500. Appointments only.

Kinoshita Group Co., which runs housing and medical service operations, opened two PCR test centers in Tokyo capable of testing a total of 2,000 people per day. The price per test is ¥2,900 excluding tax.

Correct, saliva tests.

Those tests are not as reliable as PCR.

Also, any positives coming from those clinics will not reflect on the official daily numbers.

Lastly, you can be as long as 1 week waiting to get an appointment at one of those clinics these days, with so many requests.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

I believe those numbers speak for themselves.

One person's failure does not necessarily equate to another person's success.

There is no doubt that so far Japan has fared better than all of the countries that you mentioned. And worse than many that you didn't. This does not guarantee that there isn't time for this to go very wrong for Japan. Complacency from the government and the public means I have no idea of the situation where I live.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

It's obvious something wrong with the reporting. The number of possitvies and the numbers of test looks to be from different days, because the % of possitives goes up and down like crazy between the reports. Probably best to compare some 7-days averages.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

The point is that the numbers are rising daily and breaking new records for Japan, and that is only people who have managed to get tested, not yet such an easy feat.

I saw a scary chart of comparative worldwide numbers, but it was clear that the Asian 'success' stories are all rising again.

So to repeat, Japan's numbers are rising, and this uncertain dotted line is a real concern for the population, for medical facilities, and for politicians.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Zoroto

The good news is the numbers should be lower the next 5-6 days, since the testing will have stopped for the year-end holidays.

I don't think brushing the problem under the carpet and giving people a false sense of security is in any way a good thing...

Responsible country and responsible clinics should stay open and keep on testing over the holidays.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

I don't think brushing the problem under the carpet and giving people a false sense of security is in any way a good thing...

Responsible country and responsible clinics should stay open and keep on testing over the holidays.

Sorry, I forgot the /s after "The good news is"

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Isn't it the time to judge this situation as "explosion" ? What have the government been watching so far!?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

How many people have eaten in a restaurant recently? And you are just now surprised at the numbers?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Is that a new national daily high?

Just one day of the year left for Tokyo to hit "60,000 tests a day" as promised.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Had to dodge out of the way of some absolute idiot Gaijin (used here in it's disparaging sense even though i am one), cluelessly swanning around the supermarket with no mask and mouth agape.

Take good care everyone and have a nice NY eve...in.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Too late to combat the 1 years worth of Japan brushing CCP virus under the carpet. Consequences are bound to happen soon as there is not enough medical beds to accommodate us all in Japan. Maybe to fight off this virus only requires basic over the counter cold medicines?

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

*Suga san - ease access to testing to everyone, even with light symptoms.I Itis nearly impossible to get tested,** and this will result in further spreading." *

Impossible...change of policy equals admitting govt oyajis got it wrong...it will stubbornly hold out for as long as possible until the next approval ratings fall off the cliff again. LDP govt textbook 101 ...govt pride is more important than the peasants. TIJ.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

*How many people have eaten in a restaurant recently? **And you are just now surprised at the numbers?*

Just drove past a few restaurants tonight...all of them packed. People don't give a crap because govt is all over the place and the strongest action Suga & co take is " urge restraint " whilst they themselves do the complete opposite.

So no, not surprised at all.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

47% positive. This is simply a catastrophe waiting to happen, and the medical professionals will bear the brunt of the disaster.

Take strict action NOW.

Nothing to be worried about, the numbers are nothing compared to U.S. and countries in Europe.

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Suga san - ease access to testing to everyone, even with light symptoms. It is nearly impossible to get tested, and this will result in further spreading.

That's the general idea. It makes the count low.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I eat a resturant every other day lunch or dinner. Mostly Yakiniku/shabu-shabu/Kaiten sushi and sometime Mickey D. I think im still fine.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

Just one day of the year left for Tokyo to hit "60,000 tests a day" as promised.

And the 200,000 nationwide per day Abe promised back in May.

Nothing to be worried about, the numbers are nothing compared to U.S. and countries in Europe.

One wonders why that might be the case, hint above.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Isn't it the time to judge this situation as "explosion" ? What have the government been watching so far!?

The government and media are watching the numbers in the U.S and Europe and they see is that Japan is faring way better, most countries would like to be in Japan's state.

-10 ( +0 / -10 )

Nothing to be worried about, the numbers are nothing compared to U.S. and countries in Europe.

If Japan did as many test as the US and Europe then the number of infected would be in the same category or worse than the US or Europe! If you don’t understand something as simple as this then God help you!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

If Japan did as many test as the US and Europe then the number of infected would be in the same category or worse than the US or Europe! If you don’t understand something as simple as this then God help you!

Pcr test is a resource and like any resource it isn't unlimited and cannot be wasted testing people who just feel like getting a test to clear their worries. There is enough money in the GOTO program for People to use as much as they like to eat good food and boost their immune system and fight the virus.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

There is enough money in the GOTO program for People to use as much as they like to eat good food and boost their immune system and fight the virus.

What are you blabbering about?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

What are you blabbering about?

I am a born-again.

Japan is faring better and no need for test or SOE,

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

I am a born-again.

If you catch the virus and die, will you be a born-again-again?

It would help greatly if people with your thinking start to take this a bit more seriously.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

It would help greatly if people with your thinking start to take this a bit more seriously.

Surprised that some of you are not following to know the stand of DrLucifer has all along taken on testing and this virus.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 85

Instead of reporting the daily infection numbers, the number of infected requiring hospitalization should be reported, as these are the ones requiring medical attention,vaccine, high majority of the rest will auto-recover fine.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Pcr test is a resource and like any resource it isn't unlimited and cannot be wasted testing people who just feel like getting a test to clear their worries. There is enough money in the GOTO program for People to use as much as they like to eat good food and boost their immune system and fight the virus.

Right!

Nobody wants to know if they might be infected.

Eating out is the answer for health, immune system etc.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

If Japan did as many test as the US and Europe then the number of infected would be in the same category or worse than the US or Europe! If you don’t understand something as simple as this then God help you!

If you don't understand that the positive rate goes down when they test more then God help you! Japan has also shown countless times that they do test the dead and the number of deaths is nowhere near US or Europe.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

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