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In effort to curb COVID, Tokyo Olympics collect lots of spit

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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In effort to curb COVID, Tokyo Olympics collect lots of spit

You can covid positive cases number from that spit but not stopping covid infection, so what's actual action? Another emergency status that actually have no meaning.

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they are estimated to cost about 10,000 yen ($100) each...

more than 340,000 tests have been carried out so far

The main Olympics are not even half finished and the Paralympics won't conclude until early September.

So all said, that'll reach 10 Billion yen ($100 million) for testing, which could have been spent on testing the general public, not to mention how all those tests on Olympians strain the system's ability to test the public as well.

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Japan is unique among developed nations in having discouraged widespread testing for the coronavirus.

How short people's memories are! Just last year in another country, their leader claimed there was no reason to test. If you dont test then the virus doesnt exist. Japan just played follow the leader.

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The tests for athletes, team officials, media and others affiliated with the Games are free to those submitting them, although they are estimated to cost about 10,000 yen ($100) each, medical say experts. Tests for members of the Japanese public generally cost about that much, sometimes more.

This is cherry-picking information to over exaggerate a point! Even in Tokyo it is possible to get a PCR test, using the saliva test, for as little as 1,600 yen! Oh and that's for the "general public"

Down here in Okinawa, it's 2,000 yen.

The higher costing tests are for people who need to get the documentation of a negative test for travelling or studying abroad, and even those have dropped significantly in cost, over the past year!

Dont play games with people's intelligence, we aint THAT dumb to believe it's costing 10,000 per test!

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It's nice that the athletes are tested daily, but the government should be pushing to make rapid COVID-19 antigen tests readily available to the public. Take a test every morning before you leave the house. If you test positive, go to a clinic for confirmation with a more sensitive PCR test. That alone could help push R0 below 1.

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So 30,000 tests a day for the Olympics.

Yesterday's testing of the general public:

Tokyo population 14 million did just over 11,000

Osaka prefecture population 8.8 million did 13,500

Kanagawa population 9 million did only 5,000

Does anyone see the real problem?

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YubaruToday  08:15 am JST

This is cherry-picking information to over exaggerate a point! Even in Tokyo it is possible to get a PCR test, using the saliva test, for as little as 1,600 yen! Oh and that's for the "general public

Please post where this is possible.

Remember you said PCR test not antigen test.

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Japan is unique among developed nations in having discouraged widespread testing for the coronavirus.

And that’s summarize so many things about this administration and it’s will to fabricate numbers to keep them artificially low.

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There is no bloody bubble, & its just wrong olympics have PRIORITY of people of japan, WRONG!!

I have watched people spitting into these tubes in my warehouse, NOTE I have no vaccination or olympic accredditation, honestly I DONT want it as I DONT want to go into venues etc, that said I have met plenty of coaches, team admin & could shake hands of athletes at hotels & airports & we be in a similar situation at hotels at least twice this AFTERNOON!!!

THERE IS NO BUBBLE.

There is just so so much wrong with whats going down all over the place!

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Shameful and disgusting. The Japanese government's disrepect of its own citizens. Not that some of the citizens are behaving properly in the first place.

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@GW: Exactly the same down in KataseEnoshima where the sailing events are held. ZERO Bubble

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How many locations have had training camps, heats and other events pre-opening ceremony? My understanding is that many, many teams arrived in Japan and then have not been allowed into the bubble until 5 days before they compete, is that right? The deliberate fudging around this is infuriating. I would like to see a list of these, with the dates of the camps etc, so we can map that against infection surges. How many 'elite' athletes are staying in hotels around Tokyo? What are the controls on them and their entourages?

If you read media reports, there are always gaps in the info, so you can't get the full picture. Following the principle of, if you don't test, you see fewer cases. So while athletes may be tested daily, is that athletes in the village, or all athletes, for the whole length of their time in Japan? Are all the other accredited people tested daily? Media, drivers, cleaners, catering staff, volunteers, police and security? Is this for their entire stay? If outside the village, where are positive tests logged? Eg. a driver in Enoshima - is that a hit for Kanagawa? How many of positive cases are properly contact traced? e.g. if you flew into Japan and some Olympic accredited bod subsequently tested positive, how many on the flight are contact traced? And of those positives, how many of their contacts? Is it all an honour system, or is it enforced?

Finally, I'd like to know if all those media people know about our situation? Do they know we are footing the bill for their tests, but we Gtr Tokyo residents can hardly get tested for free in a timely way? Do they know how much we have to pay for a PCR test? Do they know that many Covid-positive cases risk being into a dangerous stage of the illness before they can even get tested, let alone have sure access to hospital treatment?

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"In contrast, such tests have long been hard to find for the general Japanese public. Japan is unique among developed nations in having discouraged widespread testing for the coronavirus."

Nothing to be proud of.

So many people have spread the virus unnecessarily and in some cases died at home alone due to this policy.

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"This is cherry-picking information to over exaggerate a point! Even in Tokyo it is possible to get a PCR test, using the saliva test, for as little as 1,600 yen! Oh and that's for the "general public""

You do know that those tests are actually illegal? Japanese government have been actively trying to crack down on those tests.

https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASP3V340MP3TUTIL06K.html

https://www.caa.go.jp/notice/assets/representation_210326_01.pdf

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Good work, ensuring the Olympics are safe as promised by Mr Bach and Mr Suga. Yet, some still complain.

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Good work, ensuring the Olympics are safe as promised by Mr Bach and Mr Suga.

That Would Assume Trustworthiness.

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Just only disgusting, not only that masses of collected spit. Perverted, the whole event, and those who intend to proceed under those conditions with extremely rising infection numbers.

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