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Posted in: Tokyo reports 66 new coronavirus cases See in context

I do not know if this is done in other countries, but we do it in Sweden.

We measure the content of covid in the wastewater from the treatment plants and it gives a good result at least which way the infection is on its way.

The measurement result is more reliable for a city than testing.

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Posted in: The most visible symbol of COVID-19 around the world is the face mask. Do you agree? See in context

In Sweden, mask are not something that the authorities recommend, probably because it would prevent herd immunity.

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Posted in: Medical staff, elderly should get COVID vaccination first: task force See in context

By the way Sweden's health authority is probably soon the only country that does not urge citizens not to wear a mask, probably, because it slows down herd immunity too much.

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Posted in: Medical staff, elderly should get COVID vaccination first: task force See in context

It is a good strategy for society to vaccinate the elderly first.

In my home country Sweden, healthcare has been completely blocked for several months by covid patients in intensive care units. Mostly of them elderly.

This has meant that other care has stopped, almost 200,000 planned operations have been postponed indefinitely, which means that people of working age cannot work and have to suffer unnecessarily.

2,556 have been cared for in intensive care. 5,810 have died so far ,in Sweden and the infection continues but not as fast now.

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Posted in: Hiroshima survivors worry that the world will forget See in context

I, born 9 months after the Hiroshima / Nagasaki massacre, have grown up in the shadow of the atomic bombs and the impact it has had on societies around the world will never be forgotten.

One can continue to discuss for another 75 years, the reason why Japan attacked the United States, but it can never justify the eradication of innocent people suffering it caused.

The United States can never apologize that the driving force was to test which of the bombs was most effective. Uranium-based or plutonium.

It was necessary to hurry up before the war he ended, so there was very short of time.

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Posted in: Do you think herd immunity in a country can curb the coronavirus? See in context

I'm Swedish

Sweden is down to a few deaths per day now, A total of 5,744 have died in the corona pandemic so far. When it was at its peak, we had 100 per day.

People follow recommendations and about 35% flock immunity in Stockholm where it was most cases.

The rest of the country, the immunity is estimated to be about 5%.

The largest number of deaths were among immigrants and the elderly in geriatric care.

 A large part of the staff is paid by the hour, but without social benefits if they stay at home,they speak or understand Swedish very poorly.

They spread the infection between the rooms in the facilities .

Elderly care has been a way for Sweden to keep the unemployment figures down for the country, by having no requirements for employment and low wages.

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Posted in: Abe to attend Hiroshima, Nagasaki events marking U.S. atomic bombings See in context

Why so negative, it is good that the Prime Minister of Japan is protesting against the world's most unnecessary genocide of civilians, with the motivation to end a war that was practically over.

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Posted in: As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing See in context

Why hang up to test how many people have the virus, when it is already out in the community without control?

The important thing is that when testing for who has had the virus get started with mass testing, to get them out into the community and get important features started.

They probably has some immunity.

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Posted in: Hokkaido declares state of emergency again; 166 new coronavirus cases in Tokyo See in context

I am Swedish and Sweden's tactic is to achieve the immunity of citizens at the rate that healthcare can manage. It seems to be Japan's tactic too. Only in the future can we determine if it was right.

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Posted in: Abe cautious about declaring emergency despite spike in virus cases See in context

On 11 March, the same day as the first Swedish death to COVID-19, the Swedish government passed a new law, limiting freedom of assembly by temporarily banning all gatherings larger than 500 people, with threat of fine and prison. The ban will apply until further notice. On 27 March the government announced that gatherings of more than 50 people were banned.

It doesn't seem as if Abe is copying the Swedes. There are no similar laws in Japan.

Fines and imprisonment only apply to event organizers of events not for individuals

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