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Tokyo reports 67 COVID-19 cases; highest since state of emergency lifted

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Not surprised.

They're too busy trying to get more votes for the weekend election.

Typical governors in Japan.

Koike, that goes for you, too.

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And no word in the fact that the death rate plummeted completely, with a lower death rate than that of march, many days with 0 deaths, the fact that most of the new cases are from asymptomatic people, and the fact that the PCR test methodology changed... No, let's only focus in "big numbers bad"

-5 ( +21 / -26 )

Also, Don't forget to scream and cry :)

-13 ( +15 / -28 )

Probably 10 times that, but since the government -- just ahead of an election -- has said they will no longer follow numbers, who's to know?

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the metropolitan government on Tuesday unveiled new criteria for its warning system that will rely more on the advice of medical professionals.

I didn’t realize there were medical professionals in this country!

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But it's not about the numbers..

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Luis David YanezToday  04:21 pm JST

And no word in the fact that the death rate plummeted completely, with a lower death rate than that of march, many days with 0 deaths, the fact that most of the new cases are from asymptomatic people, and the fact that the PCR test methodology changed... No, let's only focus in "big numbers bad"

Stop making sense!

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@Luis David Yanez

Very valid point & one that I've been emphasizing for weeks.

Everybody’s’ focus has been only on the new cases. No mention at all on the decrease in deaths.

Typical media feeding off people’s fear

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The next thing we will see is the absolute number of deaths decreasing .....

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Typical media feeding off people’s fear

Yeah, blame the media for people's inability to think for themselves.

If I were living in Tokyo, I would be glad that these covid-19 carriers are found. You have to be super naive to believe that in a super city like Tokyo this virus does not exist.

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And no word in the fact that the death rate plummeted completely, with a lower death rate than that of march, many days with 0 deaths, the fact that most of the new cases are from asymptomatic people, and the fact that the PCR test methodology changed... No, let's only focus in "big numbers bad"

This is all assuming that, the real number is only 68 and that all the deaths so far are being accurately reported and there isn't a delay on autopsy results, which ofc will take longer than the tests.

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Everybody’s’ focus has been only on the new cases. No mention at all on the decrease in deaths.

Hopefully there is a decrease, but even a very basic person understands that you'd rarely die within 24 hours.

Sadly first comes the positive test result and depending on how a person reacts, it can take up to three weeks before dying.

So there will be a spike in cases, then deaths to follow after that.

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Finally, that post Golden Week spike!

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Deaths have a several week delay after new cases. Currently Japan have a little 5% death rate among confirmed cases, so ~3-4 people of these 67 will die several weeks later. Furthermore, the reported cases you are seeing now are likely infected 1-2 weeks prior. The actual number of people being infected today is likely quiet a bit higher.

The media seems to be under the impression that people who visits these night locations only goes there and go no where else. Most host club visitors are hostesses and other night workers, and when they go back to their own work they will be infecting their customers (businessmen), who will go back to their office and infect their co-workers, and so on.

It doesn't really matter, even if Japan have 10k deaths a day, government will still say that there's no covid spread in Japan and Japan have already achieved complete and total victory over covid and should be a model for the world. I think we have already seen the last of Japanese government actions in May. The government doing anything more would be losing face since they have already announced that covid in Japan has been solved.

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@yoshisan

I’m not saying it doesn’t exist.

I’m saying it’s not the end of the world that the media makes it out to be.

’get busy living or get get dying’

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‘Get busy living or get busy dying’

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

Protests and those involved match the incubation timeline and the demographics of the current increase of cases.

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67 cases in Japan means 67 super sick people, probably hospitalized. Remember, the sick 28 year old Sumo wrestler couldn't even get tested and he didn't make it. So whats changed? Can anyone get tested who wakes up with the sniffles or a 37.6 degree temperature? Until testing becomes more accessible, Japan will be playing whack-a-mole until a vaccine is available.

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Headache, shortness of breath, fever, cough, fatigue and chronic¦ rib pain...

I have it now but they refuse to give me a test

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Never understand why so many people throw plastic bags, bento boxes, cans out of their car windows. Even in beautiful nature places. Why can’t they just take it home.

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@N.Knight and others on the topic of testing availability.

My company told us last week you need to 'shop around' for testing. It is available, at your own expense.

But you will be refused testing in some places. It's ridiculous, but if you are concerned, try other locations.

I don't have information about the testing stations...perhaps someone can post it.

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This is all assuming that, the real number is only 68 and that all the deaths so far are being accurately reported and there isn't a delay on autopsy results, which ofc will take longer than the tests.

The completely is the possibility that deaths are undercounted, and probably we will see some spikes from time to time in the deaths per day because of it, but the fact that excess deaths aren't that rampant in Japan, and there isn't the common sharp rise of excess deaths as it has happened all over the world with places with big SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks, makes me think that either way the numbers are still lower than in march.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Deaths have a several week delay after new cases.

Completely not true. Look at the rise of cases and deaths in previous months. There are a few days of delay, not weeks. One of the main reasons is because, specially at the start of the outbreak, many of the cases reported where serious at the time of reporting, which mean that they can die at any moment. Right now most cases are mild or asymptomatic.

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I’m saying it’s not the end of the world that the media makes it out to be.

Ah, please tell me which media is making this pandemic like the end of the world. Maybe it is just you are feeling that the media is making it like the end of the world.

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@Luis David Yanez

The completely is the possibility that deaths are undercounted, and probably we will see some spikes from time to time in the deaths per day because of it, but the fact that excess deaths aren't that rampant in Japan, and there isn't the common sharp rise of excess deaths as it has happened all over the world with places with big SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks, makes me think that either way the numbers are still lower than in march.

There are excess deaths (nearly 1500 of them reported in March-April), and covid-19 deaths are signed off as e.g. pneumonia deaths.

https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXMZO60266010R10C20A6CR8000/?fbclid=IwAR395o-UkXCGGnWrPU33zN7u83JxkEyW1OMiSLyoUFHCnFOWaiq8ATayVx0

Also: the death rate compared to previous years has been labelled as 'normal', while at the same time it has been stated that:

deaths from traffic accidents are very low

deaths from suicide are very low

deaths from influenza are very low.

So, what fills the gap? Covid-19 is a probable culprit, me thinks.

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There are excess deaths (nearly 1500 of them reported in March-April), and covid-19 deaths are signed off as e.g. pneumonia deaths.

If there weren't excess deaths at all, when it wouldn't even be considered an outbreak. I'm talking about right now, right now there are no excess deaths, at least not at numbers outside of the average margin.

So, what fills the gap? Covid-19 is a probable culprit, me thinks.

Nope, that's also a phenomenon that has happened all over the world, with excess non-covid deaths also on the rise. There are many reasons for them, but one of the biggest is that people are either not going to the hospital because they are afraid they will catch SARS-Cov-2, or necessary surgeries and treatments are getting postponed, resulting in a premature death of the patient.

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The numbers recently seem to be as high or higher than when the borders were open! It’s about time to brace the virus and open up the borders because thousands if not millions are losing their jobs and will lead to long term suffering! We can’t let the virus make us suffer more! Just practice social distance, cleanliness such as regular washing of hands, avoid touching the face, wearing masks, taking showers instantly after returning home etc! I fully supported the border closures a few months back but since then I’ve seen the impact it’s placed on so many people who have lost jobs and are struggling to feed their families. Even if we keep borders closed the virus will not end so let’s open up with additional measures such as testing before boarding flights, after arrival and so on!

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luckily they change their policy over there “strict numerical guidelines” just in time!

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Yeah Yeah COVID-19 is a joke let the economy open and everyone run freely the numbers are still low compared to other countries which spells very low testing. Yep sweep the numbers under the rug we are all just fine dandy. No problem here I have not seen on COVID-19 patient other than what the news is trying to deceive.

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Anything to avoid testing 20,000 people a day

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If Japan were to take the testing really serious you will find the number much higher. I was told by a Japanese friend whose husband works in the government that after the Tokyo election we could see some action been taken but not before which is July 5th. So it won't matter if the number hits a hundred or more prior to July 5th you will not Koike on the news like she was doing daily prior to the election kick off, and now, I only believe she was doing that to get herself re-elected and not out of concern for the people.

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And the priority is to prioritize businessmen going abroad?

Totally illogical!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Over 100 new cases today, and with increases in neighboring Saitama, Chiba, etc. how do you think this will turn out?

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