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Posted in: Japan reports 238,735 coronavirus cases; 35,339 in Tokyo See in context

So last week's Wednesday figure was apparently reported incorrectly resulting in 5,000 cases being shifted to the next day. Meaning that the 29,036 figure from Wednesday 27th should have been 34,036 cases with the last number from Thursday 28th being 35,406.

Overall looks like we're only slightly down today but it does look like we reached the peak in cases earlier this week.

*https://twitter.com/tosiakic/status/1554740929642504192

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Posted in: Japan reports 249,830 coronavirus cases; 38,940 in Tokyo See in context

Quite a jump in week to week cases: 38,940 today versus 29,036 last Wednesday.

Might mean I was wrong about the current wave ending but let's see what happens tomorrow as last Thursday was also a bit of a high-case outlier at 40,406 cases.

At least it implies that testing limits aren't really an issue.

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Posted in: Japan reports 211,058 coronavirus cases; 30,842 in Tokyo See in context

Over the last 7 days, Japan has had a 35% increase in number of cases compared to the previous seven days (1,403,238 cases vs. 1,038,139 cases) and a 141% increase in number of deaths (700 deaths vs. 291 deaths) compared to the previous seven days .

Deaths follow case numbers. Didn't say anything about that. Over the past two days we've seen week-on-week decreases in case numbers in Tokyo. It's indicative, in my opinion, of the current wave winding down and coincides with models predicting a fall in case in numbers this week.

During the obon holidays we'll get significant fluctuations in case numbers but they'll still overall trend downwards.

Seems that we didn't need restrictions during this wave either.

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Posted in: Japan reports 211,058 coronavirus cases; 30,842 in Tokyo See in context

It's only Tuesday, and Monday is ALWAYS lower.

We're talking about two consecutive week-on-week decreases. Yesterday (21,958), we had fewer cases than the previous Monday (22,387). Today (30,842), we have fewer cases than last Tuesday (31,593).

This wave is winding down. I only wish this horrible summer would do the same.

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Posted in: Japan reports 211,058 coronavirus cases; 30,842 in Tokyo See in context

@Freedom

It's strange that people downvoted your comment when it's both correct and cautious.

Cases are trending downwards this week as has been predicted by several models but some on this comments section don't think they are? Or they don't want them to? What's the story?

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Posted in: Japan reports 139,687 coronavirus cases; 21,958 in Tokyo See in context

I believe that's the highest number yet for a set of Sunday figures.

Better close down this comments board pronto.

Nope. 22,387 cases this time last week*

So actually numbers are falling now and we've gone past the peak.

Just in time for the fireworks.

*https://japantoday.com/category/national/Tokyo-reports-22-387-coronavirus-cases

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Posted in: Japan reports 139,687 coronavirus cases; 21,958 in Tokyo See in context

As it closed down during the first wave never to reopen. 

Yeah that area had more than a few closures over the past two years. There was that Budweiser bar there as well that's also gone. I imagine that new tunnel area that goes through to Shimbashi would also have been a more lively area had covid never happened.

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Posted in: Japan reports 221,442 coronavirus cases; 36,814 in Tokyo See in context

It also says that most requests for autopsies get denied, so people don't bother asking anymore.

Thank you for stating your reasoning but that is an article from two years ago.

We'd know by now if there were any cover up - there'd be a huge glut in the number of deaths from those other indications you mentioned. You can check the number of "excess deaths" during the covid period in Japan here:

https://exdeaths-japan.org/en/graph/numberof_cause

If you compare a non-COVID year excess mortality rate with a COVID year and filter for respiratory disease, (say 2019: 1,272 to 12,860 deaths against 2020: 192 to 3,834 or 2021: 1,018 to 11,194 deaths), you end up seeing excess mortality figures are lower than in pre-COVID years.

And here is a explanation of how excess mortality is recorded using influenza as an example:

https://www.childresearch.net/chief2/97.html

During the 2019 flu season prior to the COVID-19 epidemic, the number of deaths due to (directly caused by) influenza infection reached 3,575, and the excess mortality numbers are said to have been approximately 10,000.

Currently, if a person who has died due to an Omicron variant shows positive results for an Omicron variant in PCR and antigen tests, the case will be considered "death due to the Omicron variant" regardless of underlying conditions and the degree of severity.

My point with the above is that they haven't been hiding bodies before so I doubt they're doing it now. Admittedly the data for 2022 isn't in yet but would expect this to be the same.

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Posted in: Japan reports 221,442 coronavirus cases; 36,814 in Tokyo See in context

In a nutshell: no autopsies means no COVID death

Do you have any proof of this? Or are you just making things up?

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Posted in: Japan reports 221,442 coronavirus cases; 36,814 in Tokyo See in context

Are excess deaths being reported anywhere?

No - deaths remain in the single figures, much lower than the winter omicron wave which peaked in about 5 weeks. We're at the 4-week mark with this wave.

Will be interesting to see how long this wave takes to peak without any quasi-state of emergency

Beds for serious cases at 25% of capacity.

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Posted in: Japan tops global new COVID cases in week to Sunday: WHO See in context

@Antiquesaving

Bit over the line, no?

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Posted in: Japan tops global new COVID cases in week to Sunday: WHO See in context

If you are afraid of Covid and you are obese, shed the weight now. 

Sound health advice backed by science*. There's never been a better time to start jogging or swimming or going to the gym.

Even small changes in daily habits can really reduce your odds of bad symptoms if and when you get this disease.

*https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34625315/

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Posted in: Japan tops global new COVID cases in week to Sunday: WHO See in context

As for the hospitals filling up - aren't we still in that ridiculous situation where something like 80% of hospitals cannot accept COVID patients because the disease is classified at such a serious level that its too hard for them to meet all of the regulations?

Different hospitals for different things though. And rightly so - you don't want immunocompromised patients and covid patient going to the same place. There are beds explicitly reserved for covid patients. Occupancy numbers from last week:

https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/en/2019-ncov-e/11331-covid19-ab90th-en.html

I find it peculiar that people are jumping to slate Japan's covid response when it's done really well in keeping deaths low. Realize people may have different barometers for success but isn't that a big one?

United States recording the highest number at around 2,600, followed by Brazil at about 1,400. Japan confirmed 272 deaths.

Japan’s COVID deaths per capita is 246 per million people, the lowest out of the 38 members of the OECD, according to Our World in Data.

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Posted in: Japanese city alarmed by biting, clawing, attacking monkeys See in context

It was judged by various evidence to be one of the attacking monkeys and put to death.

It was beauty killed the beast.

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Posted in: Japanese city alarmed by biting, clawing, attacking monkeys See in context

Trying to snatch babies

If they raise a human baby as a monkey and teach them their ways, maybe we will finally be able to open a dialogue between our peoples and negotiate peace terms. Sadly this will take time...

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Posted in: Japan reports 209,694 new coronavirus cases See in context

And to think at one point Japan was being lauded for its "efforts".

Japan has done very well at managing the Covid-19 pandemic*

Japan’s COVID deaths per capita is 246 per million people, the lowest out of the 38 members of the OECD, according to Our World in Data. It’s all the more significant given Japan has the highest proportion of elderly people — typically some of the most vulnerable to the coronavirus — in the world. New Zealand’s rate, previously the lowest, sits at 257 per million after the country faced its first substantial virus wave upon opening up and lifting curbs.

*https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/06/18/national/science-health/japan-coronavirus-deaths-low/

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Posted in: Osaka to raise COVID-19 alert to highest level amid record cases See in context

I guess my point is you cannot trust the published data for hospitalized patients. I’m relation to how detrimental Covid is because nobody really knows the full impact of this virus, not doctors and certainly not random people talking about it in a comment stream.

If can't trust the official data or random people talking about it in a comment stream, then who can we trust?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 31,593 coronavirus cases See in context

Covid bed use is about 10-30% throughout Japan with the exception of Okinawa which is at 50%*

*https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/en/2019-ncov-e.html

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 22,387 coronavirus cases See in context

 getting the booster makes living with the virus possible!

Not in an at-risk group, have already had this year's strain of covid and was fine = no need to bother with an additional injection based on a 2-year old, 5 strains ago virus.

If you're at-risk and if you haven't had a recent strain of covid then go for it if you want (like 60% of people in Japan).

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Posted in: Japan reports 200,975 coronavirus cases See in context

You have been spouting about your so-called “natural immunity” ever since this pandemic began, as though it were the only remedy people need in order to resist the Covid virus.

I was out with a few lads to watch sports in a bar last weekend - everyone except myself and another lad caught it. Myself and the other guy already caught omicron a few months back.

It would make sense that catching the previous variant would provide more protection against the current variant than a vaccine based on a 2-year old strain of a rapidly evolving virus.

should be telling you that “natural immunity” is a delusion

I mean, this just isn't true. Nobody is claiming this. I'm a fan of the vaccines and I got shot 1 and shot 2 - helps prevent death from COVID = good - but arguing that natural immunity isn't real is unscientific.

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Posted in: Gyms facing COVID mask dilemma amid summer heat concerns See in context

Forcing mask use in the gym is nothing short of madness. I do it for for my lifts (even though its definitely not ideal) but I've haven't been able to do indoor cardio since this started. Treadmills just being used for walking now. What a waste.

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Posted in: Japan reports 195,161 coronavirus cases See in context

Everyone will contract covid. It’s only a question of “when”. Can you believe there are still establishments that measure your temperature??

Completely agree. It's more contagious than measles now; measles which was so contagious that 95-98% of people born before vaccines are considered to have naturally caught it at some point.

Those thermal sensors were always of dubious utility really...

https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/coronavirus-covid-19-and-medical-devices/non-contact-temperature-assessment-devices-during-covid-19-pandemic

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Posted in: Japan reports 195,161 coronavirus cases See in context

Masks work. To different degrees and have to be correctly worn*. Although you could argue that someone wearing a mask is going to be more cautious and less likely to contract covid anyway.

But people aren't wearing them all the time. Going out for a coffee or a meal - nobody is wearing a mask then.

I don't think people can be expected to wear them all the time - especially on hot sticky days like today.

*https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7106e1.htm

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Posted in: Japan reports 152,535 coronavirus cases; 30 prefectures have record highs See in context

Dont care. Nothing can be done now. Lockdowns and other actions that suppress the economy would lead to a horrific depression. Get on with your life.

This. We have our defences against this disease for almost a year now and people can take vaccines/social distance/run the risk of catching the least virulent variant of COVID-19 to date or whatever they want now.

There shouldn't be any more talk of state of emergencies or other government mandated protect-the-people-from-themselves nonsense measures. No need for any more economic straitjackets either.

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Posted in: Japan reports 103,311 coronavirus cases See in context

What will the anti everything crowd have to say about this ... numbers way UP ... There is no way to sugarcoat the FACTS ... Luckily they are in the small minority ...

The responsible majority wear masks , get vaxxed, and follow the three Cs ... We need to protect ourselves from omicron the deadliest variant in Japan to date ! That is a FACT !

Lets not have any more whining about the border ... Japan has not had ANY restrictions since this Covid began ... This despite 454,069 ACTUAL cases ... Please read the real case numbers and be considerate of others ...

(I can see why he enjoys this so much ;) )

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Posted in: Japan reports 97,788 coronavirus cases See in context

So typical ... the anti everything crowd insist everything is okay ... when everyone is clearly NOT okay ... cases UP ... 384,203 hospitalizations today alone ... Look at the REAL numbers ...

Luckily the vast majority are FULLY vaxxed ... Be vigilant of omicron , the deadliest variant of COVID-19 in Japan to date!

How'd I do?

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Posted in: Japan warns of swiftly rising COVID cases; Tokyo raises alert to highest level See in context

I nearly died last November, I now have considerable health issues but despite the new restrictions on my life and the reduced activities and freedom of mobility.

Hope you get better soon.

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Posted in: Japan warns of swiftly rising COVID cases; Tokyo raises alert to highest level See in context

But he said hospital bed usage remained low, as did the number of serious cases and deaths.

Great.

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Posted in: Japan ranks 116th in 2022 gender gap report, worst among G7 See in context

the think tank says the coronavirus pandemic has set back gender parity by "an entire generation"

See, when these Hari Seldonesque think tanks make assessments like this, it makes it just a little bit harder to take their 132-year and 136-year estimates for gender parity seriously.

What a sorry use of our taxes...

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Posted in: Japan reports 76,002 coronavirus cases See in context

I do wonder are they going to implement travel restrictions again.. I said in March that we would have a small window to travel again - and genuinely hope that many of you took advantage of it to see family and friends overseas.

I wouldn't put it past the current government to re-implement travel restrictions and another SoE.

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