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It is not possible to lift the state of emergency at this stage. We need a sustained decrease in new cases, and we need the reproduction rate (the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus onto, on average) to be well below one to do that.

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Dr Yoshitake Yokokura, the head of the Japan Medical Association.

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we need the reproduction rate (the number of people that one infected person will pass the virus onto, on average) to be well below one to do that.

The expert panel confirms in its latest report that Japan's reproduction number has been below 1 without break (Rt

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Four new cases in South Korea in Thursday. 4. Cuatro. Should have gone the South Korean path but they decided to just ignore, ignore, ignore and "oh poop, this thing is real".

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Yokokura san seems to have been approaching this with a scientific and level headed approach

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The expert panel confirms in its latest report that Japan's reproduction number has been below 1 without break '

Yes, non testing of citizenry might produce such a result desu ne.

Comparison of 'advanced ' countries with roughly similar number of cases as Japan ( 14-16K cases ) shows tests per million of population as follows - Japan 1377, Austria 29,936 , Singapore 24,600, Israel 45,060 ( data as of May3 )....20 to 30 times more testing. The numbers speak for themseves

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How many will die of stress worrying about their finances?

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