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Abe brushes aside worries of virus impact on Tokyo Olympics

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Plenty of time to bring this outbreak under control. Of course, one shouldn't be complacent, either, but I'm more alarmed by the amount of conspiracy theorists that this virus has unearthed.

Stay safe but don't cave in to hysteria, fear and ignorance.

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Toasted is correct. Thousands of people die every year from the flu, and there's barely a peep. So far the death rate for Wuhan Corona is only 2%, watch lower than that of the yearly influenza

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Much lower

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So far the death rate for Wuhan Corona is only 2%, watch lower than that of the yearly influenza

References please? The yearly influenza outbreaks have a mortality rate far, far lower than 2%. Not even comparable.

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Nkthing to worry about with old Abe steering the ship.

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Tokyo organizers and the International Olympic Committee have said there are no plans to cancel or postpone the Olympics. Tokyo Governor Yurkio Koike has urged vigilance said there will be “regrets” if there isn't a maximum effort made.

oh there'll be regrets alright.

Nkthing to worry about with old Abe steering the ship.

Allow me to quote Dante.

Abandon all hope ye who enter here.

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Yeah, couldn’t have said it better myself Toasted! And as I said in a previous comment in a previous article, I’m all nuts remember the foot and mouth disease, as well as the Y2K hysteria. So believe you me, I know a thing or two about having to deal with public hysteria!

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The 2% figure is for those admitted to hospital, not carriers of the virus. Most of the deaths are 65+ and/ or with underlying health conditions. Diabetes, heart and lung problems etc.

Not unlike a bad strain of influenza.

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@Fighto! You are being told the same thing over and over again about this Virus vs the Flu and being given references. It is people like you who cause undue panic.

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@Fighto! You are being told the same thing over and over again about this Virus vs the Flu and being given references. It is people like you who cause undue panic.

I repeat my question - please show me a reference that the mortality rate for New Coronavirus is "much lower" than yearly flu as the poster stated. If one makes big claims, they need to be backed up.

I have never heard of a nation locking down a region of 50 million, and scores of nations putting in place incoming travel bans for 1.4 Billion people, to deal with the yearly flu.

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Abe is not medically qualified to give a definitive answer...

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Abe is not medically qualified to give a definitive answer...

Daimyo is never wrong.

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Not even comparable

That's right, vaccines is available for seasonal influenza, whilst not available for Corona.

If authorities were to take the same approach in containing outbreak for Corona as they do for Influenza, the stats will tell a very different story.

It's bad to succumb to hysteria, but it's worse to be complacent about a novel disease that's spreading and killing.

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Pre-quarantines?

Quarantine everyone BEFORE travelling until they find a reliable way to test for Coronavirus?

Though I’m (maybe) serious, the logistics of this is impossible, I guess. Both for government and travellers

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We will respond appropriately

Responding appropriately would be compelling testing of every Japanese citizen or resident evacuated from Wuhan and every foreign traveler from the region, mandatory quarantine in a medical facility until cleared and refusal to evacuate anyone who refuses to submit to testing. Like many other countries are doing. It's far from impossible, and not doing so falls far short of acceptable standards. "Advising" people who might be infected to stay at home for 2-3 days is essentially handing them a licence to infect family, friends, neighbors and everyone else. If the situation persist until the summer, prospective travelers and athletes will begin looking at what Japan is doing to control the spread of disease. When they discover that Japan's measures are significantly weaker (if not non-existent) than many other countries, I can guarantee some of them will decide to stay at home rather than visit a country that isn't particularly serious about protecting its residents and guests.

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Thank you primer minister Abe!

This is the right response Japan should take. What's happening in Wuhan is horrible already, China economy was also affected badly... What's even worse is this racism, fear mongering and antiChina propaganda which many countries have embraced or supported.

We should stand with China, support our neighbor and most important economic friend, a country willing to move on from past grievances and work closer together. The most amount of tourist have been Chinese, supporting our economy, buying in large quantities, loving Japanese culture. This is the right response and I'm glad to see such quick thinking in a moment of need!

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Something between 5 to 10% get into critical condition with Corona virus.

And I am about sure those people were not with previous affections previous to their contamination.

We forget that there are illnesses with consequences.

Impaired breath for life lay be some aftereffect for instance.

We see so limited number of persons who recovered so far.

To this moment, only 653 out of more 20000 contaminated. That's quite a low.

Check odometer site.

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With six months to go it is impossible to predict what will happen with this virus. Perhaps it will die out in a few months like the SARS strain of coronaviruses did or perhaps it will intensify and kill thousands of people. Abe's statement is a political statement and not a medical one.

From Wikipedia:

Coronaviruses were discovered in the 1960s. The earliest ones discovered were infectious bronchitis virus in chickens and two viruses from the nasal cavities of human patients with the common cold that were subsequently named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43.[7] Other members of this family have since been identified, including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in 2004, HKU1 in 2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and 2019-nCoV in 2019; most of these have been involved in serious respiratory tract infections.

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Awfully dreary looking location for those Olympic rings too.

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One would hope that a 2 week sporting event would be postponed if public health was at risk. Common Sense please.

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Good, lets see.

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