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Posted in: New Zealand reports highest daily number of virus cases See in context

The good news about this outbreak is that it will eventually lead to the departure of Jacinda Ardern, the worst prime minister New Zealand has ever had. She looks absolutely exhausted after 18 months of the pandemic.

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Posted in: New Zealand reports highest daily number of virus cases See in context

Ardern and Labour paying the price for a botched vaccine rollout. There are some massive problems on the horizon for New Zealand. Rampant inflation and an impending exodus of skilled people once things are calmer in the UK and Australia.

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Posted in: New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon' See in context

NZ has made a major mess of things when it comes to the slow vaccine rollout, and Jacinda Ardern should resign given her abject incompetence. However this vaxathon was a good idea, and I am glad to see it has been a success.

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Posted in: Under-pressure New Zealand sets out carbon-zero plan See in context

The issue with this is that the Greens and Labour want to destroy the agricultural sector, which is the only thing that really makes NZ any money.

A few more years of Jacinda Ardern, and NZ will be the South Pacific's answer to Venezuela.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 49 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 369 See in context

COVID just seems to have fizzled out. 7 cases in Okinawa and 11 in Hyogo today for example. It will be interesting to eventually find out what has happened. Vaccination and masks can't be the only answer. I can only assume the virus has burnt itself out.

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Posted in: China's Xi says reunification with Taiwan must happen See in context

No way! Xi Jinping AKA Winnie the Pooh needs to accept that Taiwan is an independent country.

Taiwan has its own government, military, laws, electoral system, border controls and currency. Therefore it is a country.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 82 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 777 See in context

While I was optimistic about the COVID situation improving in Japan, I did not expect cases to fall as quickly as they have. Has COVID just simply started to peter out?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 138 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 827 See in context

Just under 80 million fully vaccinated people in Japan now. Things really moving in the right direction.

Active cases less than a tenth of what they were at their peak.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 149 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,126 See in context

Hokkaido with only 16 new cases. I think we can say COVID in Japan has been and gone.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 149 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,126 See in context

170M vaccine doses now, with close to 79M people fully vaccinated. I think we've seen the end of any major outbreaks in Japan.

Cases falling everywhere - 8 new cases on the entire island of Shikoku today for example.

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Posted in: New Zealand drops 'COVID zero' goal after Delta outbreak See in context

The funny thing is that a lot of left leaning people who are normally apologists for Ardern, are now sticking the boot in.

What isn't funny, is that you have an entire island, that hasn't had a case for almost a year, still suffering with COVID restrictions. More than a few lefties I know on the South Island have now well and truly had enough of the PM.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 161 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 968 See in context

Numbers falling through the floor. Vaccinations the reason why.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 196 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,246 See in context

Amazing to think active cases are a tenth of what they were not so long ago.

Well done Japan for obliterating the virus.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 200 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,447 See in context

Just goes to show how the vaccination program is working.

Close to 90 million people in Japan have now had their first dose, and over 75m are fully vaccinated.


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Posted in: Tokyo reports 154 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,147 See in context

Already conspiracy theorists questioning the numbers but the cases were always going to fall given vaccinations are starting to reach some high levels (close to 160m jabs in total)

Great to see an improvement once again. Some prefectures seeing days of no cases at all. Kagawa had its first day with no new COVID cases since July for example.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 299 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,134 See in context

Vaccination rates starting to get up there, but some worrying numbers in some prefectures today, even if most are very low.

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Posted in: NZ beats Springboks 19-17 in scrappy match to win Rugby Championship See in context

That was a horrible game of rugby to watch - South Africa's tactics were effective but killed the game as a spectacle. The All Blacks made way too many errors and were just lucky that Jordie Barrett was on song with his boot.

The All Blacks turned down several kickable penalties, which they should have taken. If the Boks were forced to play catch up, the All Blacks would have found it much easier to break them down.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 537 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,245 See in context

Numbers slightly higher after the long weekend, but the overall trend remains good. Just under 70m people in Japan fully vaccinated now, so expect cases to continue their falling trend.

No doubt I'll get some downvotes from JT's resident conspiracy theorists.

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Posted in: Virus-hit Fiji to reopen borders for tourists See in context

The right thing for Fiji to do. A closed border strategy for countries is not sustainable.

Tourist income is vital for the Fijian economy.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 253 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 1,767 See in context

Still some way to go with the vaccine program, but I have no doubt that the 153m vaccines doses administered to date have made a big difference, with two thirds of the population having had at least one dose, and close to 70m people being fully vaccinated.


Impressive to see now that 90% of over 65s have had at least one dose, and 88.6% are fully vaccinated.

Well done Japan!

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Posted in: New Zealand’s largest city to remain locked down See in context

I see serious trouble ahead for New Zealand. Citizens can't get back into the country, and many skilled workers will leave as soon as the world is in a better place. Jacinda Ardern and her government botched the vaccine rollout, and this lockdown is the result of it. They've created such a climate of fear among their citizens that many are happy to be locked down at the sight of a single case. The elimination strategy that the NZ government has followed is just not sustainable, and they need to open up to the world soon, or face a materially lower standard of living.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 565 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,401 See in context

This must be the lowest daily figure for some time. Numbers are falling all around the country. Well done Japan. Just shows how successful the vaccination program has been.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 862 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,702 See in context

150m vaccine doses have done the trick it seems. Hopefully this downward trend continues over the next few weeks.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,004 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 6,277 See in context

Now at 80 million people with at least 1st dose of the vaccine and 65m with both.

Active cases now half what they were at the peak a few weeks back. Still some way to go but things looking a lot better.

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Posted in: Tokyo farewells Japan’s only double-decker shinkansen with a special escalator at the station See in context

How cool! I love the Shink!

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 611 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 4,171 See in context

Some very low numbers around the country. A lot of prefectures in single figures for new cases. This is good news, but it is a bit puzzling how infections rocketed up and then seem to have fallen away again so quickly.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,242 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 8,892 See in context

Numbers falling across the country. 63M people now fully vaccinated, so expect these numbers to drop further over the coming weeks.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,675 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,400 See in context

In more good news, Japan passed the 140m mark in vaccine doses, with almost half the population fully vaccinated. 61.4% have had at least one dose. No wonder the infection numbers are falling.


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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,629 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,6033 See in context

Numbers on the way down, and they will continue to fall.

76M people now with one dose of the vaccine, that is 60% of the total population. 61M now fully vaxxed, close to half the population.

Active cases starting to fall at a decent clip, now under 200k after being 270k not so long ago at the peak of the current wave.

The news is good and will get better, as much as our conspiracy theorists would like to think otherwise.

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Posted in: Tokyo coronavirus cases fall to 968; nationwide tally 8,234 See in context

Aichi the prefecture with the most cases today, Osaka also under 1000 for the first time in a while. This will likely be the first day in a while when Japan has recorded less than 10k cases nationwide.

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