COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 143 new coronavirus infections Sunday See in context

Remember...Japan is only testing people who have both 'fever and pneumonia'. If you develop all of the COVID-19 symptoms but you do not develop pneumonia,

Total nonsense.

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

Japan reports 82 deaths out of 3497 confirmed cases. That's a reported mortality rate of 2.34%. In contrast Germany has a reported mortality rate of 1.5%

Because 90 % Germany cases are between 20-50 years. Strafed by age

Japan 82

Germany 1,444

UK 4,313

One reason for the low reported COVID mortality rate may be the low number of autopsies performed in Japan. Autopsies are performed on only 1.6% of all deaths, the lowest rate among developed countries.

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Posted in: 'Corona unemployment' leaves many at a loss, especially some new recruits See in context

Spain is Recording Record Monthly Unemployment Rise due to Coronavirus Crisis

6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week 

To be honest, I am actually happy for American and Spanish workers that got recently fired. American and Spanish work system is bad, just get hired in big corporation and do nothing for next 40 years get money. Well I hope they will build something new, something better for themselves and future generations. It is going to be a rough lesson but this is the last call.

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Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

I wonder what the USA and Europe are doing to protect their health care workers? Wear garbage bags and beg Russia for help.

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Posted in: Abe's two-mask pledge met online with derision and humor See in context

Now that's quite a lot of Yen being wasted once again!

and if that masks save one grandmother or one healthcare worker. It would be worth every yen.

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Posted in: Taiwan to donate 10 mil masks to most needy countries See in context

Taiwan to donate 10 mil masks to most needy countries

That is nice of Taiwan to donate masks to America and Europe, Both are very needy.

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Posted in: Fujifilm starts Avigan trial to treat coronavirus See in context

Even if the treatment is effective it won’t help most people in Japan since most people cannot be candidates for tests until they are severe or critical......

and that is exactly what every other country is doing....

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Posted in: U.S. death toll eclipses China's as reinforcements head to New York See in context

what is the true lesson of the US death toll? America tried mass testing in the beginning of the outbreak. As a result, it burned thru its test kits and its medical supplies. American health care workers are now wearing garbage bags for protection: NYC hospital responds to photos of nurses wearing trash bags as gowns,https://www.today.com/health/nyc-hospital-responds-photos-nurses-wearing-trash-bags-t176939.

So what is the lesson? First before you think about mass testing. Ask yourself, do you have the supplies? What happens if you run low on supplies? What are you going to do if you run out? Wear garbage bags? What happens if there is a second wave?

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Posted in: Japan not planning to declare state of emergency but will expand entry bans See in context

Some good news!

New lighter kit cuts test time for coronavirus to only half an hour

 new fast and extremely accurate genetic test kit for the novel coronavirus has been approved for use at Japanese health centers, cutting the time for a determination from about four hours to only about 35 minutes.

The device detects the presence of the coronavirus by making many copies of genetic materials taken from a patient’s nose or throat. 

The smallest kit--16.5 centimeters by 24 cm and up to 8.5 cm tall--has the capacity to test six samples.

It is much easier to handle as it weighs only 1.9 kilograms, compared with the standard polymerase chain-reaction test kit, which weighs more than 20 kg.

The device was jointly developed by Nagasaki University and Canon Medical Systems Corp., a Canon affiliate based in Tochigi Prefecture.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases gave its blessing to the new test kit on March 26, saying the device’s accuracy rate for determining a positive test is 90 percent and 100 percent for a negative determination. 

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13254822

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

You've lost me here. There have been around 140 in the last 3 days in Tokyo. 63 is only today.

Yes, that is correct, 2/3 of todays. But the outbreak was center in and around the hospital when a nurse tested positive, so 2/3 of the 140 around 93 new cases can be traced back to the hospital. That still leaves 47 cases left. Around 20 of those cases are Japanese coming back from North America or Europe. That leaves 27 cases that still needed to be traced.

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Posted in: Japan plans huge stimulus package to cushion blow from coronavirus See in context

The local councils are also going to have to suspend their witch hunt on city taxes

Maybe they could also do something about the health care system? Buy another ventilator or 20,000.

Question. If no one pays taxes, then how are the local governments going to buy 20,000 ventilators?

A ventilator costs around 50,000 USD, So 20,000@50,000=1,000,000,000USD.

How will the government pay for them with no tax income?

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

Overall, 173 confirmed cases today in Japan, according to this article:

Yes that is correct. But break the numbers down by sources

173

58 positives from the center in Chiba.

40 from Eisai General Hospital in Taito-ku

75 from the rest of Japan.

So about 60% of the cases are coming from two sources. Which is good news, because now they know the sources, they have good chance of containing the outbreak and bringing the numbers down.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

Why is the source important here? Not clear what point you are trying to make.

The source is important because now they where the infections are coming from and they can trace and test all the contacts and contain the outbreak. The surge in infections over the last three days has come from hospital. 40/63 is 2/3 of the outbreak is from the hospital.

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

I was surprised they tested so many in the Chiba care center.

Because a food service worker tested positive. The news reports are that 58 tested positive at the center.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/03/0cc448831bf0-urgent-58-people-infected-with-covid-19-at-welfare-facility-in-chiba.html

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

But we should send everyone to hospital to be tested

Its the only way we will all be safe.

All 127 million? Can you still get infected after you take the test? What about the supplies for the test kits? Are there enough? Should a healthy 20 old get a test? What about an 80 year with medical problems? Who goes first?

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

Tokyo has confirmed 63 new coronavirus infections, a record daily increase, public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday

But NHK also reported, that source of infection (40) was at Eisai General Hospital in Taito-ku, Tokyo,

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200328/k10012355481000.html?utm_int=news_contents_news-main_005

and Asahi also reported the same information:

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13252953

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Posted in: Are gun shops in U.S. 'essential' businesses during a pandemic? See in context

Japan buys masks and toilet paper. America buys guns. Interesting

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Posted in: Olympic delay may not be all bad news for Abe See in context

This guy is going to be PM for another 10 years, if he had his own way.

If he keeps up the good work, why not?

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

This country is really going to be screwed if the don’t get their act together right now.

Yet you choose to live here

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

I saw an interesting story about Japan and testing.

Lack of testing doesn’t explain why Japan has so far escaped the worst of the coronavirus

It has been suggested quite widely that the relatively low number of known cases of COVID-19 in Japan is mainly due to the low number of tests for the disease that have been carried out. But looking more closely at the maths shows that this is almost certainly wrong. 

http://theconversation.com/lack-of-testing-doesnt-explain-why-japan-has-so-far-escaped-the-worst-of-the-coronavirus-134569

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Posted in: Father of murdered 9-year-old Vietnamese girl marks 3rd anniversary of her death See in context

I feel sorry for the his lost. I truly do.

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

From Bruce's Article

https://safecast.org/2020/03/making-sense-of-covid-19-numbers-in-japan/

Though we can’t prove it, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) seems to have preferred that these deliberations not be made public until a coordinated policy could be announced. 

and

Ultimately, as Safecaster Joe Moross said the other day, though so far it looks like Japan has bent the curve, we’re still in round one of what will likely be a ten-round fight against the coronavirus. It’s way too early to ease off and declare victory.

I agree with the above. How about you Bruce?

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Posted in: Japan, spared mass outbreak so far, now sees national crisis after Tokyo surge See in context

Why the surge in new cases? Because Japan is importing cases.

Experts: Rush of arrivals from abroad worsens virus situation

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13246784

thank god PM Abe closed the borders.

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Posted in: Stop the clock: Japan wakes up to reality of Olympics postponement See in context

It's about time. Get the hospitals ready. And test, test, test.

The hosipitals have been ready. They have been testing testing testing..

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Posted in: Global battle against coronavirus bolsters Japan-China relations See in context

When it comes to Coivd 19 and international relations, Japan really played smart game. Instead of China bashing, Japan sent aid and supplies to China ,and thus winning the hearts of the Chinese people. Instead of engaging in racial name calling, Japanese leaders donated money to China. Instead of kicking China in the teeth, when China was down, Japan tried to help China get back on its feet. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the relationship between Japan and China improved during the Covid19 storm.

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Posted in: In Japan, disappointment but understanding over postponed Olympics See in context

Japanese citizens reacted with disappointment Tuesday at the news their Olympics were postponed after years of preparation but many said they understood the move in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tokyo Olympics will be the best ever held.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japanese growing complacent of coronavirus risk See in context

Asia Times is reporting the following:

Japan’s winning its quiet fight against Covid-19

https://asiatimes.com/2020/03/japans-winning-its-quiet-fight-against-covid-19/

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Posted in: Guide to reduce virus risks issued for schools before reopening See in context

while rest of intelligent world is doing distance learning Japan leaders want my kids to go to school

Then don't send them to school and teach your kids yourself.

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Posted in: Japan to spend over ¥15 tril as virus hits economy See in context

Compare the measures being taken abroad

you mean like this:

US Congress struggles to pass coronavirus bill as COVID-19 cases grow

https://ctmirror.org/2020/03/23/congress-struggles-to-pass-coronavirus-bill-as-covid-19-cases-grow/

back to you.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

If you read my last two posts, it looks like Japan won the debate about testing.

The links to two articles:

1) https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-21-20-intl-hnk/h_78c431662464112a27434663a0860cdc

2) https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/21/coronavirus-testing-strategyshift/

This is important information . I suggest you read it.

I await your reply.

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