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“vowing instead to strike a balance between fighting the pandemic and restarting economic activity.”

What balance? The Go To Travel scheme has been going for a couple of months. Yet, you want to provide extra financial support to hospitals in the worst hit area only for a couple of days?

I can definitely see the balance there.

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UK has serious problems with this new fast-spreading strain of COVID-19.

Suga and Koike need to wake up! Forget tourism, forget the Olympics. It just ain’t worth the risk to peoples’ health.

Vaccine and only the vaccine is your priority!!

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The moment Suga decided to promote Go To, while covid numbers were spiking, he signaled that he wasn't a real leader. Time to move to the next candidate.

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Suga denies need for state of emergency as cumulative infections top 200,000

What Suga won’t deny is another steak dinner!

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Suga is a joke. Something drastic needs to change, when this guy steps down again because his popularity keeps dropping, a new Abe/Suga clone will take his place and Japan can never really improve as a country.

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Compared to April and May, things are a hell of a lot worse! You screwed things up enough with the Go To campaign, and then you yourself go out, have a party with your buddies, and tell the country to stay home!

It's no wonder why your popularity numbers dropped over 17% in what, 1 week?

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... close contact with the British government and the World Health Organization, adding there were no immediate plans to tighten travel restrictions.

Hmm, so Japanese passport holders can travel freely from hotspots like England with no requirement to self-isolate upon return to Japan? Seems a bit dodgy.

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I'd guess that they'll wait for the total cases to reach 300,000 with nearly 1,000+ new daily cases before they announce anything drastic.

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I don't trust anything this fool says.

He denied the need to curb on the go to travel campaign, but then went back on hjs word, right? Pathetic.

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@divinda....As you stated the doubling occured in less than 2 months...closer to 1.

This is true exponential growth which is undeniable.

The State of Emergency worked earlier this year. The Japanese people (not necessarily the government) were responsible for this as for the most part everyone stuck to the guidance. It was not a punitive lockdown (we went for bike rides, etc.) but adhered to what were very common sense requests by the government.

Leadership is needed now more than ever and unfortunately Suga does not seem to be coming through on this. I believe if Suga declares a SOE the Japanese people would fully support him.

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If the Go To Travel was not started in the first place, we would not be in a position we are in now. And as for the vaccine being the answer, EVERYONE I asked does not want to be vaccinated... Reasons: side effects, luck of trust due to speed of development and limited testing. So Suga thinking that vaccine is going to bring normality is a mistake.

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@Burning Bush: Though I agree using the cumulative 200,000 is probably more for headline effect, it is significant for where the article points out this:

Cumulative infections in the country topped 200,000 on Monday, taking less than two months to double. It took nine and a half months from when the first case was diagnosed in January to reach the 100,000 mark.

So perhaps a more shocking headline would be "Japan's Total COVID Cases Double in Less Than Two Months"

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Suga has been reluctant to repeat his predecessor Shinzo Abe's decision in April to declare a nationwide state of emergency, vowing instead to strike a balance between fighting the pandemic and restarting economic activity.

The priorities in favor of corporate welfare schemes have been apparent from the start. Now with hospitals nearing capacity and the prospect of a new viral strain the will to denial is strong. Shades of Fukushima?

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@Burning Bush: I wonder about that too. Wouldn't it make sense if they report the active number of cases instead? It seems like other countries like to flaunt how many total cases they had.

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Suga said the government may instead ask restaurants and bars to further shorten business hours in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus

Yes..good idea...the shortened hours request hasnt worked to slow down the infections at all , so in a typical LDP fashion lets do more of the same thing. Having a dinner with more than 4 people = bad, pack public transport everyday like sardines in order to keep J-Inc happy = good. ( unless you are a politician of course ).

The government is working hard toward making vaccines available for the entire population to "protect lives and livelihoods," Suga told

Yes, working very hard....thats why the vaccines will be available much later than rest of the "advanced countries" Japan likes to be included with.

While Japan is fairing much better in the pandemic than hard-hit countries like the United States,

Enough of this repeated LDP propaganda bs line about doing better than "many other countries" .....why doesnt Japan ever compare itself to NZ, Aus, Taiwan & co....funny that hey comrades?

Kato said the government would release information on the new strain to the public as it becomes available in an "appropriate manner."

In LDP speak " appropriate manner " means keep hiding it from public as long as possible, in case it causes ya know " confusion or panic ".  How much longer will J-publlic keep re-electing these incompetent Jiminto leaches?

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Suga should GO TO JAILS

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@Burning Bush: First you are correct to point out the cumulative cases should not be used as a metric. However if we look at the trend and the acceleration of the infection rate it is clear the situation is much worse than earlier in the year when the SOE was declared.

Japan should certainly declare a state of emergency now based on the rapid delta in the infection rate and the increase in serious cases.

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Yes, many people get lightheaded around needles including me, especially on camera. This has nothing to do with the efficacy of Pfizer's vaccine.

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I would stay home from work if I got paid my full salary to do so, but this will never happen. Hence I go to work everyday. I can't afford to not work. I sincerely hope Japan doesn't go into a lockdown like the UK.

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I visited Yokohama recently and it was PACKED! People are showing no restraint at all except for wearing masks.

I agree. It seems to me as well the population feels wearing masks is enough protection. No social distancing awareness much either. The government health ministry does not educate the population as in other countries about covid other than washing your hands and wearing a mask. Naturally, the population follows since most don't listen to English media.

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Ah, the denial before it becomes fact. That usually indicates a week left to go.

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Paul

If the Go To Travel was not started in the first place, we would not be in a position we are in now.

Agreed.

And as for the vaccine being the answer, EVERYONE I asked does not want to be vaccinated...

NO ONE I’ve asked does not want to be vaccinated. So...can I have your jab?

>

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Not a big fan of state of emergency/lockdowns, however something drastic has to be done here to stop people from living their absolute normal life and slow down this upward trend in the number of cases.

Apart from mask wearing, I don’t notice any differences in what I see on the streets/stores/restaurants of Tokyo vs December 2018, 2019 and so on.

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I personally know of 5 fully recovered people.

Personally, I do not know of any deaths.

The way the media reports is akin to fear mongering.Covid deaths are never linked to existing conditions nor age.

Visit any ward in Japan and the majority of patients are elderly-we still expect the elderly to die, don’t we?

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I feel it is hypocritical for Japanese to complain about Suga and wanting a lockdown. After a long time staying at home I visited Yokohama recently and it was PACKED! People are showing no restraint at all except for wearing masks.

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The way the media reports is akin to fear mongering.Covid deaths are never linked to existing conditions nor age.

Why do people keep posting demonstrably false stuff like this? I read a variety of sources regarding Covid. The mainstream media sensationalizes and the ‘alternative media’ pushes mostly misleading politicized crap and conspiracy theories as evidenced by some of the posts you read here. You don’t need to be a code breaker to work this out.

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Let me guess, the government will just continue the status quo "while taking appropriate considerations of the circumstances".

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@Yrral - My question is by no means intended to be contentious.

Do you know the percentage of Covid recoveries who need long term Oxygen? I do not and I am curious if you know as I do not know about this.

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People from most countries are already banned from travelling to Japan.

Like I already said yesterday: I hope it will stay like that.

At least until an effective and safe vaccine is implemented.

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Diplomats are free to travel. Without PCR I guess

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I think we should deny Suga and co. a salary.

Just sitting around doing nothing, and telling the public 'It's on you.' is not leadership and if the people in positions of power won't do anything they need to be moved to a position where they might be more useful...'guarding' building entrances may be an age appropriate position for them.

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The epidemic will not disappear soon. I think it will continue three to five years or even more. We cannot lock down each time. We have to live with it. Fortunately, death rate is slowing down.

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It’s simply all our health versus some people’s economic success. Clearly, he is obliged to be on the side of the business people, but their logical error is, that with all of us getting sick and dying also all businesses will die out. I hardly recommend, he and his mind sick entourage think that corona case over again, fresh from start and the earlier the better. There are not so many options left than a strict lockdown for many weeks, I would even estimate , in fact no option at all.

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just plopped down major coin on the military, how dare he have to help the peons

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"The only time a politician is right is when they open their mouth and prove they are wrong."

Will Rogers

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Hmm, so Japanese passport holders can travel freely from hotspots like England with no requirement to self-isolate upon return to Japan? Seems a bit dodgy.

Japanese are required to self isolate as everyone who arrives in Japan regardless of nationality. The things that no one in Japan really enforce it. It's up to those people wether they want to stay home or just go to do shopping. All you have to do is answer 2 questions everyday via LINE

do you feel good today?

do you have fever?

That's it. No tracing about you walking around the city.

Diplomats are free to travel. Without PCR I guess

Yes and No.

Yes they don't have to do test before coming to Japan as long term foreign residents.

No, they are not free of test at arrival. They are tested as everyone else. The difference is that they don't have to wait for the result at the airport but proceed to immigration and go home. They receive result by phone 3 days later. They cannot use public transport and must quarantine as everyone else. This is information from my direct source.

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People from most countries are already banned from travelling to Japan.

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The media never report about people who are recovered, because these are good news.

I’ve read about them. The figures are published.

The media in general likes sensationalism. Social media likes trolls and sock puppets to get readers on the hook.

It’s very obvious.

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guy need buy new rockets missiles from USA instead of helping these everyday people in need and to hospitals?

yes reality kicked in.

go to travel guys...?

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Or as Microsoft text to speech calls him: Yoshihyde Sugar.

As alarming as 200,000 cumulative cases is, that number is still dwarfed by the US death toll.

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Suga does not want to declare an emergency because he will have to take money from his pocket and that of his other cronies who love to go out and party, and where they have to give it to people who have lost their jobs, to feed the children whose families lost their income and are struggling, financially.

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I have lost a fourth person close to me in my home state in Massachusetts due to this Virus. It hits close to home for me. I am in Japan and in area where currently we no active cases. It is time we take Pandemic decision power out of the hands of the Japanese politicians hands. I am not sure what is in the law books for a state of emergency in Japan. But, Japan has a chance to curb the spread and to show the world it can pull together to eliminate the spread. Vaccinate medical workers and front liners. Then the elderly. And we have allot of elderly Japanese in this country we owe a debt of gratitude too. Most spent their lives working buying houses and raising their families. Suga Daddy as proven to be a disaster and needs to go.

I do not care he is the son of Strawberry famer and a salt of the Earth type. He is making poor judgement calls and bad choices and decisions. He should be looking at Taiwan Hong Kong. Asians countries who stepped up and did what necessary for its people to curb spread.

For those of you in Tokyo, I feel for you and please be safe during the holidays.

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Unnecessary. If the death toll were that high then yes, they’re still just meaningless numbers.

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Suga's situation reminds me of Bo Jo's in the UK.Desperately trying to avoid the inevitable,but ending up having to do so.The only difference is Japan does not need another lockdown,despite the bleating for one.

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Reporting cumulative cases looks like all have not fully recovered and could potentially transmit the covid

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Like the U.S. and UK, we should pay more attention to when the vaccine would be approved.

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Suga denies need for state of emergency as cumulative infections top 200,000,

If one does not partially like the fellow, does not means Suga san conclusions are misplaced.   

Trust the people of Japan to act accordingly and see sense.

National state of emergency?

Shrill and unnecessary

 

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Suga-san is a prime specimen of the Struthio Camelus Japonicus. Nuff said.

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The photo says it all

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If I want a lockdown, I am free to do that by my own. I can lockdown myself in my home as long as I want. I don't need the government to tell me that.

Yes you do if you decide to go out and make others sick. Try running red lights next time your drive and see how far you get before you end up in jail. People are not rational and put others at risk all the time. Smokers for example killing 15,000 a year in Japan due to second hand smoke. They know better but still kill others. They can stop smoking but they do not. So laws restricting smoking are passed to protect otter's from stupid behavior.

All these faux-libertarian "let me be free" posts are juvenile. There is more at stake during a pandemic that selfishness.

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@Monty

The virus doesn't stay in a location, it's spread by people. You can stay at home all day, every day and only visit your local supermarket and izakaya. But if someone who also visits those places caught the virus in Ginza, they are going to bring it there. Doesn't matter if you went to Ginza or not. Despite your 'best personal preventions' and avoiding crowds yourself, other people can bring the virus to you.

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Because of his deep science background and interest in molecular biology, specifically virology, I have to trust his wisdom. Smart man.

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Suga denies need for state of emergency as cumulative infections top 200,000

Right. "Infections" with a virus that has a mortality rate of 0.03% and that most people don_t even know they have. The actually infection rate of this is obviously many multiples of the number touted in the media every day. And so what. People should wake up to this hype.

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Not much of a pandemic that has only infected 0.2% of the population. This isn't the bubonic plague, people. Stop being so skittish and start living again. If you are a senior, then isolate yourself. If you care for a senior, take precautions. If you are under 30, a grand total of TWO people have died from Covid in Japan.

Risk management and personal responsibility are the keys. No more shaming, blaming, labeling, targeting, and finger pointing. You won't get covid if you are in the same supermarket as someone with the virus. Nor iif you walk past them on the street. Calm down.

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not making light of the total but 200K cases on 125 Million population, is not that bad.....

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Suga denies need for state of emergency as cumulative infections top 200,000

"Cumulative infections" means nothing. Enough of this propaganda. This virus has really turned into an global propaganda effort to promote the "great reset" that the UN, the WEF, and the various elitist swamps are dreaming about. Do we really all want to follow the CCP model with total govt control?

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P.M suga, it's time to lock down.

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B-b-b-but that would be admitting there's a problem. We can't do that - we'd look incompetent....

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the latest surge of coronavirus cases sent cumulative infections in Japan to over 200,000

I wonder if that includes the number of infections aboard the Diamond Princess that the government and media insisted on keeping separate for so long. I guess its futile now.

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I sometimes get an injection into my knee joint and the doc was taking a long time to set things up, was talking away, waving the needle in the air.

Needless to say, the effect caused me to become lightheaded-no injection that day...

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Of course not!!! They need all the money they have to pay for the Olympics!!!

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International traveling is difficult for everyone with limited flights, Covid restrictions, flying wearing masks.

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There will probably be a state of emergency just before the holidays. This will keep most businesses closed for a few weeks and everything will re-open after everybody goes back to work. Japanese thinking.

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 The overall death toll stands at just under 3,000.

In addition, Japan's excess death of this year is most certainly down by about 20,000 despite the extra surge due to deaths of suicide and covid19. More people in Japan as a "graying and shrinking" society have actually survived in 2020 than in the last year (and in each of the proceeding few years). Note I never subscribe to a hidden mass grave conspiracy.

If you stress that all lives do matter, Japan has been in a way successful though its government has been clumsy.

Vaccine and only the vaccine is your priority!!

Earlier I thought that a mass vaccination blitz is not so urgent for Japan, in b/c viewpoint putting a side-effect risk into account (but some of recent products seem to me highly reliable, though). I am now opting for it in order to satisfy and calm down fearmongers and doomsday believers. A vaccination program would take some effect on mass psychology or hysteria.

I hate (the shot), but would probably have to take it soon as being at work and home closer to a high-risk group of people...

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Everybody agrees corona is scary and something should be done, then goes out for lunch.

I prefer honesty, I wear a mask but otherwise continue, If this spreads the virus so be it. Its not ebola.

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Burning Bush, do you consider long term oxygen therapy recovered

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llyfrgellyddToday  07:53 am JST

And as for the vaccine being the answer, EVERYONE I asked does not want to be vaccinated...

NO ONE I’ve asked does not want to be vaccinated. So...can I have your jab?

One piece of anecdotal evidence is hardly likely to be more reliable than another...

We'll just have to wait and see if the vaccine becomes a personal choice or not, but where the foreign community will be in that queue is completely open to speculation.

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I think after 1 year in a pandemic, we all know what to do to prevent ourselves and the people around us.

We don't need the government to tell us what to do or how to prevent.

Here in Japan we should be happy, that we are free to decide by ourself what to do and are not getting forced into lockdowns and whatever kind of restrictions.

It is like Berhardt Marx said, most of us have to go to work. We can not afford to stay home. We have to bring food on the table.

And if we are going out for work, or like Reckless did to go to Yokohama for fun, the situation is the same. We take the risk to get infected.

But we all are doing our best personal prevention, which WE decide by ourselfs.

Why do I need the government to order a SOE or a lockdown?

If I want a lockdown, I am free to do that by my own. I can lockdown myself in my home as long as I want. I don't need the government to tell me that.

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Many times people here compare “freedom” and “selfishness”.

That is completely nonsense.

People always say because of others selfishness I am getting killed by the Virus. If I am scared to be killed in, e.g. Ginza, by the Virus, I don’t go to Ginza. I can stay at home and do my own lockdown, or go to a not crowded place.

About passive smoking...if I don’t want to get killed by passive smoking e.g. in a restaurant, I don’t go to that restaurant where passive smoking is happening.

But if I say you must stop smoking here, that I can go into this restaurant, that is selfish!

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Burning BushToday  06:55 am JST

sent cumulative infections in Japan to over 200,000 

Cumulative...??? Since January 28th of 2020?

The vast majority of those people have long since recovered.

No reason to use a cumulative figure unless you're trying to make the number in the headline as big and scary as possible.

Agreed. And in reality, the figure is likely far beyond this. But we'll never know.

If the media were being honest - and I know that's a bit too much to expect - they'd be focusing on the number of seriously ill and deaths, and the context behind them, such as age, comorbidities etc.. But bigger numbers generate more clicks/views. So that's what they publish.

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Watch the video with Kery Mullis, the inventor of the PCR procedure.

He clearly states that this procedure should not and cannot be used to "test" for infection. All it does is picks up foreign material in your body and then amplifies it during "cycling". He said all you need to do to get a "positive" result is cycle the "test" over 40 times. If you cycle 60 times 100% of the test will be positve. If you cycle less than 30 times probably none.

Yeah, and there is also a good video of Kary Mullis describing the qualifications (lack thereof) of the medical experts who tell everyone else what to do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aISPlTLbJo&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0pKAVgU5RPbuGQsh68thgtROibgRZ1XKXz-KZJuctGAJqT5yZv7gqWpwU

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@Burning Bush

No reason to use a cumulative figure unless you're trying to make the number in the headline as big and scary as possible.

Absolutely correct!

The media never report about people who are recovered, because these are good news.

But fear mongering and panic sheering people don't want to read good news.

And the fear mongering and panic sheering people are the most important people for the media.

Without them, the media can not exists.

So the media has to "feed" them with numbers like that in the article headline.

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