The explanation is simple. Reported cases are down because the election is coming up.
This is a conspiracy theory.
The hospitals are returning to normal because there are far fewer cases of coronavirus now.
I think news outlets need to start interviewing the doctors and nurses who work with coronavirus patients; it would really benefit readers. My own conversations with these professionals reveal that there are far fewer coronavirus patients (and now far more other patients because of a rebound effect).
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This is what happened with the Spanish Flu.
COVID-19 ≠ Spanish Flu.
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That's 5 fewer cases than yesterday. Some would call this a positive trend.
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If these numbers are correct then mea culpa for everything I have said! It still looks like a miracle.
Welcome to the bright side of life. :)
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We better enjoy these low numbers while they last. From next week on these figures will rise.
I too wonder what do we do if numbers go up (which is bad).
Any advice for when numbers go up (which is bad)? :D
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Seems an “acceptable”[?] comment on the current topic @CommodoreFlag 7:08pm, and not leaning one direction, or another? Perhaps others will now understand to “fall right in line”?
Numbers down = good; numbers up = bad. :D
-4 ( +3 / -7 )
Er... I sure hope these case numbers stay down. :D
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So we can safely say this fifth wave is nearing an end.
A sixth wave is probably some way down the road as vaccine protections wane for vulnerable populations but for right now let's be happy at the progress we've made with our understanding of the virus and the remarkable protective measures we have developed.
We can soon embrace a certain level of pre-2020 normality.
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@Foreigner In Tokyo
Appreciate the in-depth response.
I'm not sure massive amounts of testing would be of great benefit at this point. Given that the focus is now on getting people vaccinated and preventing hospitalizations and death.
The vaccines won't stop people from testing positive or stop them from being asymptomatic spreaders so I think that the metrics for the severity of the pandemic have changed. I think you could make an argument for the testing approach prior to vaccinations. But now the main focus should be on "percentage of people vaccinated". The number of people who are getting tested/who want to get tested is going down because they aren't symptomatic. And if we look at these daily figures from that perspective, I think our situation is getting much much better every day.
As for the government doing a sufficient job, I kind of lean on the side of "They did what they could". I don't think they get a lot of credit for the Pfizer contract at the start of the vaccination launch, and giving people that extra sense of assurance in the safety of the vaccine by conducting their own safety trial (other people complain about that but I for one think it was necessary). And I do think there's a lot to be said for not having the country go into what would have been a pointless lockdown. Vaccination rates high also and still show no sign of leveling off yet - is it the Japanese people rather than the government who deserves credit for that one? Maybe - but there's still an argument there I think.
I don't know if we're going to see eye to eye on this but there's my two cents anyway.
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Sadly no amount of pointing out elementary principals of science or statistics seems to work on those deliberately intent on defending and spreading the government's PR narrative.
Are you suggesting that people who think things are getting better because they look at the official figures which indicate that things are getting better are somehow in cahoots with the government?
That sounds very exciting. :)
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Japan is a wonderful place to live during the pandemic.
Very true. So glad to have been living in Japan during this whole thing.
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And that's a wrap folks. Well done, Tokyo.
I reckon this could be the last state of emergency.
Seems the doomers have largely abandoned the covid news reports as well. They probably went back to the global warming threads.
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Another whopping decrease. In case numbers and in the number of dreary comments.
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That Friday feeling with some coronavirus number crunching!
Kind of hopeful looking at these numbers recently, no?
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Wow - that's a huge drop.
With this and the vaccines, think we'll be able to drop the State of Emergency as planned on September 12?
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When you never did a proper lockdown back in 2020
What? There was no need for a lockdown in 2020.
Also no need now actually.
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Are you saying Japan vaccinated a further 8 million people in 3 days? That sounds not possible.
My apologies. You're quite right - that should be 42.6% fully vaccinated and 53.6% on their first vaccination.
My script takes data from this page:
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Have you actually seen the US numbers?
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I just wish and pray the virus gets sucked away into space. Sick of numbers controlling our lives.
Agreed. And by this stage, it really shouldn't be the only case numbers dictating the emergency measures. Alongside these daily updates, we should also be getting the increases in the number of people who are fully vaccinated. That's 46.8% of the population fully vaccinated with 60.1% having received their first dose as of today by the way.
By September 12th, Japan will have reached vaccine parity with the US. That's only a couple of weeks away and you should start to see these emergency restrictions loosened accordingly.
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Up only 8 cases today? That's nothing.
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Back up your long Covid claims. Don’t avoid it.
To my knowledge, pharmaceutical companies aren't even developing treatments for long Covid yet. And currently the doctors here in Japan treat long COVID as a psychiatric condition. The onus isn't on people to prove that long covid isn't dangerous - it's actually on you to prove that it is dangerous if you want it to be taken seriously.
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Nice indirectly telling me you have no answer to my question.
You wouldn't have called for a lockdown during the first wave knowing what we know now because it would have been ridiculous to so as it still is.
We have vaccines being gradually rolled out offering protections to those most vulnerable. Things are not now going to get so bad that Tokyo or Japan will be a COVID-19 hotspot. At this stage in the pandemic a lockdown would be equal parts sadistic and stupid.
By the way, when someone answers your question with a question, it means they're encouraging you to think critically and help you arrive at a logical conclusion.
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Your post is devoid of facts and explains nothing, waiting to read why lockdowns are useless.
Let me answer your question with a question.
Knowing what we know now, would you have called for a lockdown - full business closure 24/7, essential workers only, no leaving your 区 - in Tokyo during the first wave of coronavirus?
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The only reason some people want a lockdown is so they can wear their misery like a badge. Maybe have a good moan to their overseas friends. "Our lockdown is sooo much worse than your lockdown. Look at us - we're in dire straits the lot of us - three sad emojis".
There is and has never been a practical need for a lockdown in Tokyo. The people calling for one have been wrong again and again since the pandemic started. Are you not tired of being wrong all the time? Are you going to apologise for being wrong all the time?
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Up 1,415 from yesterday. That's quite the jump.
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Oh I see, you are like CommodoreFlag. Freedom and money first.
Freedom and money... That's a rather shallow view of the effects of having your income and invests curtailed. This is how people make a living and what gives them a reason to wake up every morning...
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Hope you're back on your feet again soon. The people I know who were hardest hit seem to be those who opened new businesses just before the pandemic. I'm not sure how the subsidies work to be honest but the impression I get is that they can't avail of the full amount?
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Why do you care of the SoE ? Many Japanese do not take it seriously anymore. Anyone can live normally in Japan, no constraints, so enjoy life.
I know some decent business owners who are following the guidelines for worry of being thought disreputable. I want to see them able to earn a living again.
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37.2% of population fully vaccinated; 49.3% with one shot.
83.9% of elderly fully vaccinated, with 88.2% having had at least one shot.
With the local population largely protected against severe infection, I do wonder about the necessity of extending the State of Emergency until mid-September.
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