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Tokyo reports record high 602 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,969

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported a record high 602 new cases of the coronavirus, up 30 from Wednesday. The number is the result of 9,613 tests conducted on Dec 7.

The previous record high for Tokyo was 584 on Dec 5.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 45,529.

By age group, the highest number of cases were people in their 30s (137), followed by 135 in their 20s, 111 in their 40s and 86 in their 50s.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 59, unchanged from Wednesday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 2,969. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (415), Aichi (242), Hokkaido (241), Kanagawa (214), Saitama (188), Chiba (151), Hyogo (149), Fukuoka (79), Hiroshima (58), Kyoto (54), Okinawa (46), Shizuoka (45), Gifu (45), Gunma (44) and Miyagi (38).

Sixteen coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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8000 tests up from yesterday.

30 positive up from yesterday.

Is that good?

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

By age group, the highest number of cases were people in their 30s (137), followed by 135 in their 20s, 111 in their 40s and 86 in their 50s.

37 people in their 60s, 28 people in their 80s, 28 people in their 80s, and 7 people in their 90s.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Correction:

37 people in their 60s, 28 people in their 70s, 28 people in their 80s, and 7 people in their 90s.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Man, that's high, and they want the Olympics to happen? Good luck with that one.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

I think it will be 1000 a day soon. Japan is not immune to this. The more Japan tests, the more reality will hit the nation. They are just afraid to do the inevitable due to the Olympics next year.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

The “closing some restaurants and bars at 10:00PM” measure didn’t work.

Should I be surprised?

14 ( +17 / -3 )

8000 more tests as compared to yesterday yielded just 30 more positives.

yeah right!

13 ( +16 / -3 )

More tests. More numbers, Its simple Math. The end of this is coming!

Wash hands use a mask and stay out snack bars!

-7 ( +5 / -12 )

The numbers are farcical. Time for the government to stop playing this for laughs and take it seriously. Peoples lives and livelihoods are more important than the Olympics.

14 ( +17 / -3 )

Time for the government to stop playing this for laughs and take it seriously. Peoples lives and livelihoods are more important than the Olympics.

People,s livelihood will always play second fiddle to the interests of J- Inc.

LDP handbook 101.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

Is that good?

Decide for yourself.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Yes, that’s true.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

You go Japan, a few more you can be No1 in the developed world. It's about being No1 at something, anything. The less competition at the the Olympics the bigger medal count, you go Japan, you can dominate the world. Bonzai, Bonzai.

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If they only tested 4,000 like a few days last week the number would be lower.

If they tested 30,000 like...er...never, the number would be significantly higher.

The main point is, we are nearing a year of this pandemic, and Japan still has absolutely no idea the extent to which the virus is in the country. Sure, it might not be killing as many people as in other countries, but how many people are carrying the virus while being asymptomatic? Who knows, because Japan has never tested enough people to get a clear picture. Why does this even matter - I hear some of the regular deniers shout? Well, asymptomatic people can still transmit the virus to other people, whose immune systems might not be so strong. Eventually someone gets it and dies. That doesn't need to happen if they just test enough people.

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How much or how many do you think is enough?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

How much or how many do you think is enough?

for a country like Japan? Probably 250000 tests/day.

About 25 times as much as they’re testing now

6 ( +7 / -1 )

PLEASE stay safe.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

You are overwhelmed by the number of tests performed.

If there were really as many infected as some wish there were, the health care system would have collapsed long ago.

The most important indicators are the number of seriously ill people in need of intensive care and the number of deaths.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

How much or how many do you think is enough?

If the testing capacity is 60,000+/day, then significantly more than 9,000. Last week I think we dropped as low as 1,500 tests.

Here's a direct quote from Koike

Oct 30, 2020 — The capacity of novel coronavirus testing in Tokyo will be increased to about 65000 per day by early December, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Friday.

Well, it's Dec 10 today and we are still testing fewer than 10,000. Yet the positive rate has spiked to a record high. Where are the 65,000 tests? The capacity is there apparently.

Are they seriously saying that because they are only testing those with 'symptoms of a particular scale', that they are catching every single positive case? If yes, that's ludicrous. If no, then why aren't they testing more?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Looking forward to the Olympics being canceled. Japan has done a miserable job of containing and reporting the virus.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

How much or how many do you think is enough?

i was hoping that if somebody answers the question there would be some sort of basis for the answer. For example, is there a percentage/part of the population that is recommended by a health organization to be tested daily?

Just setting a high number of tests to be done daily without establishing need could be a huge waste of resources, resources that could be better allocated elsewhere .ifl the goal is to determine extent of spread of infection there's a better way to do that and the govt is doing it now right? They're doing randomized testing.

Wth regard to the daily testing maybe what's needed is a review for possible revision of the testing guidelines as it is what determines the daily number of tests.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

I think tests should be done on people with symptoms to help determine the appropriate treatment. The idea of doing massive random testing is a waste, will just end up delaying the results for actual patients, and would only be of use if the goal was to completely eradicate the virus (which can't be done).

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

I think tests should be done on people with symptoms to help determine the appropriate treatment. The idea of doing massive random testing is a waste

If Japan's testing guidelines are in line with WHO recommendations then requirements I think are more than that.

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I made a test yesterday and I am negative. Cheers!

4 ( +5 / -1 )

still it so few. a deviation of the peak we are experiencing. there is no doubt at all it will be under control with the various strong guidances and implementations by the current government. i see many negative commentaries here, but i am sure japan will beat this virus soon!
-6 ( +2 / -8 )

16 deaths a day.. My condolences to everyone related, but get some perspective folks. Japan is still one of the finest places to be these days. Looking forward to the Olympics.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

all it will be under control with the various strong guidances and implementations by the current government. i see many negative commentaries here, but i am sure japan will beat this virus soon!

Good to have you back our wisdomspeaking friend, even if its under different handle once again, good to be reassured that Japan has it under control on the day of highest infections recorded while still testing at a fraction of the promised pie in the sky " capacity ".

i@nToday  06:19 pm JST

How much or how many do you think is enough?

No more than the capacity promised by Abe, Suga, Koike months ago....65 to 200,000 per day. Just as many as they promised...they wouldnt break that promise right? Japan is famous for " honesty" right?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Yep, they promised capacity.

You seem to have misunderstood

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

They also increased bed capacity you want it to be filled in by now too?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Was it 600 today, yesterday or on the 7th?

FFS

0 ( +0 / -0 )

If Japan's testing guidelines are in line with WHO recommendations then requirements I think are more than that.

A 5th grade teacher in my neighbor's kid elementary school tested positive, the teacher as well as the kids she taught were told to stay home and no pcr test performed on the kids, considering the infected teacher used the staff room and other common places one would think that all the teachers would be tested, nope not a single test or that the whole school would be closed and disinfected, nope no need maybe it is viewed as waste of resources as Ian said. There is just no intention to protect even elementary school kids as the medical system has to be prevented from being strained at all cost.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Too much misinformation on the web such as these

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/112c00fa7c0ed7c35fe6f99a4ee04b3807fef79a

Together with the misconception (pushed by Japanese government and media) that good air circulation or masks = 100% protection results in most Japanese not bothering to reducing their activities/movement. Together with suppressed testing and treatment to make the statistics look good so the government can still brag about the Japan model to the world means there's zero chance that Japan numbers would go down any time soon.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I haven't had much time to write here lately.

Covid-19 data. From the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

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

Number of people hospitalized by COVID. November 24th was: 1583

Number of people hospitalized by COVID. Today Thursday 10 December is: 1885

Difference between both days: +302 people.

Mild-moderate and Serious symptoms data. They are already included in the total number of people hospitalized. It should also be remembered that data on severe symptoms are already reflected in the Japan Today article. And there is no need to mention them again in the comments.

Patients hospitalized by COVID in Tokyo Prefecture, per 100,000 inhabitants. On November 24th it was: 11,36 points.

Patients hospitalized by COVID in Tokyo Prefecture, per 100,000 inhabitants. Today December 10 is: 13,56 points.

The difference between the 2 days is 2,20 points.

The 2,20 points correspond proportionally to the 302 persons of difference. Who have been admitted to Tokyo Prefectural hospitals.

Currently with today's data. There are 1885 people admitted to hospitals for coronavirus. Which correspond to a rate per 100,000 inhabitants of 13,56 points. A very worrying fact because it is dangerously close to the 15-point barrier. Where the health system would start to become saturated.

The authorities need to start taking action now. The numbers are becoming untenable.

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I have been posting on different social media platforms on how major underdeveloped countries flatten the curve and continued their economic activities with strict SOP's. Japan is aggressively passing debt packages to support its economy. Instead of spending resources on controlling the virus Suga administration is focusing on saving the economy rather enforce strict laws for some time. The economy depends on people if people are dying then who will consume the product pay taxes. Kindly go towards smart lockdown to limit the moments of people and strict contact tracing.

I think until a 100% effective vaccine is developed we must ensure that small outbreaks never occurs because what I have seen in these recent past 9 months it's hard to change the people's behaviour in such crisis and their ignorance cannot be tolerated. The recent spike in cases is proof that people are not following guidelines and proper hygiene. Japanese people need to understand that their economy depends on their behaviour towards COVID-19.

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Japan is doing everything to keep the number of infected low.

Tokyo is reducing the tests daily. Now tested ONLY 9,613 people for a metro population of about 40 million.  

Beware as there are many thousands infected walking around who have not been tested.

Stay safe.

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The economy depends on people if people are dying then who will consume the product pay taxes. Kindly go towards smart lockdown to limit the moments of people and strict contact tracing.

I would imagine the the working population and others from the 99.9% of the population NOT dying will consume the products and pay taxes. However if they are locked down this will be curtailed somewhat and lead to many more deaths and misery as a result.

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Tokyo is reducing the tests daily. Now tested ONLY 9,613 people for a metro population of about 40 million.

And your suggestion is?

Test 40 million a day every day?

Please explain how this would stop the virus spreading.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

And your suggestion is?

Test 40 million a day every day?

Please explain how this would stop the virus spreading.

Nope, not test 40M , but not place a high huddle to have a test. Testing should be open to the general public to anyone who wants one, the excuse that it is waste of limited resources pushed by some is nothing but ridiculous, there is money for people to go out eat and spread or catch the virus but not for testing or improving the working conditions of frontline workers and increasing nurses and medical personel.

How does testing prevent the spread of the virus, you don't need to be a epidemiologist to fugure that out.

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