How can babies test positive... something going on here
Baby contracts virus through contact with an affected person.
Baby develops symptoms.
Doctor orders test.Test comes back positive.
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South Korea :
10.661 cases - 234 deaths
10.686 cases - 230 deaths
corona virus arrived almost at the same time in both countries, sorry I don't see any difference and math is not an opinion, so would you like to explain me where is the "shame" ?
@Cognac - I'll let this graph do the talking:
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Where are the dead people? A month into this and there are no dead people so to speak. So please tell me why is it there are so many apparently untested cases here yet such a miniscule amount of deaths. Please someone explain.
@fa477279 - The beauty of open data is that you don't need to re-create a disaster that happened in another country, to know what is likely to happen in your country (a point that seems to have been missed by the Japanese authorities may I add).
Currently, Japan's confirmed cases of COVID-19 stand at 10,296, with 222 deaths (2.16% mortality).
Nothing to write home about?
Well, on March 3, 2020, Italy had 2,263 cases, with 79 deaths (3.49% mortality).
Italy now has 175,925 cases, with 23,227 deaths (13.2% mortality).
As you can see, the mortality is not a linear function of the number of cases, but dramatically increases when the healthcare system is overloaded with ICU beds full of affected people.
Hope this helps you understand the gravity of the situation.
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Wow! South Korea had less than 20. Such a shame Japan couldn't swallow its pride and image of exceptionalism to learn from and work with its closest neighbor about this virus.
@tamanegi - South Korea reported 8 new cases overnight, of which 5 were in strictly quarantined travellers returning from overseas.
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It will be interesting to see how quickly Japan overtakes South Korea.
@Pukey2 - Probably in about 48 hours..
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It seems that South Korean media outlets are much more cooperative with the government, pretending to actually believe the latest numbers it issued. This is generating a sense of calm, with consumer indices much higher than in most other countries. If only the Japanese media were as cooperative, things would be so much better.
@Miles - are you suggesting a conspiracy? If the Korean media outlets are in bed with the SK government in under-reporting COVID-19 cases, why weren't they doing it back in January when SK, along with Italy had the highest number of cases in the world alongside China?
By the way the Japanese media have been more than co-operative with the Japanese government in downplaying COVID-19 cases in Japan. Where have you been the last 2 months?
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Japan conducted about 52,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in March, or just 16% of the number carried out in South Korea, according to data from Oxford University.
2.5 times the population, but only 16% of the number of tests when compared to South Korea.
Denials and cover-up the usual modus operandi in Japan.
This is on you Abe.
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A few thousand positive cases in Japan, but already a dozen or so high profile cases. Something doesn't add up. Either the virus preferentially targets the famous/public figures, or the true number of positive cases in Japan is a magnitude larger than currently reported. Watch this space...
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There should be no reason for such negativity. Japan and Abe have been handling this pandemic better than their counterpart across the sea in Korea and China.
@Miles - If I replied 'said no one ever', that would be incorrect, as you've just said it.
Have you ever thought that the doctors could be right? If your friend doesn't have a high enough fever it will most likely be the flu.
@Miles - Nope, the influenza tends to cause very high fevers. The Japanese doctor who dismissed the fever has probably already missed a few COVID-19 cases.
It may seem like any sign of illness is COVID 19 but this is the kind of mass hysteria which will only exacerbate a situation which is being handled with the classic calm and rational temperament of the people of Japan.
@Miles - You seem to have a lot of faith in Japan.. what do you know that the rest of us apparently don't?
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At the current rate of about 500 new infections a day, it will take about 7 years for the virus to infect just 1% of Japan's population.
@Burning Bush - But how many people are Japan testing? Japan is testing at some of the lowest rates of testing anywhere in the developed world.
Even with the pittance of testing being done, there are 500 cases being picked up daily now. Wasn't that long ago only a few a day were being picked up. So what makes you think the number of cases picked up daily will stay at 500 a day? Countries who are now seeing 2000 DEATHS a day had 5-10 new CASES per day, not that long ago.
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March 19, 2020: "The Tokyo 2020 will be held on schedule as planned."
April 7, 2020: Japan declares state of emergency.
Complete and utter ineptitude and denial on show.
Japan needs to close non-essential businesses, ban non-essential travel of their citizens and residents, stop restricting testing but offer it far and wide, identify those affected early, trace their contacts and isolate them.
If not, then Japan will end up like Italy and the US. This seems to be obvious to everybody but the leadership in Japan.
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Japanese 'justice' system.
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About South Korea. The country seems to have put the coronavirus in check. Their tests kits for the pandemic are in demand and South Korea is considering which countries to help first. It may well be Japan will be asking South Korea for help. This is from today's "Korean Herald":
@jeancolmar - the fact that SK's policy to test/identify/quarantine is being lauded by many countries as a model to follow does not sit well with Japan. The downvotes on your comment are telling.
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Here in Australia, people are cottoning onto the fact that Japan may not be a trustworthy country, putting them in the same basket as China when it comes to transparency and trustworthiness.
The 'Japan brand' where people have previously associated Japan with efficiency, honesty and technological advancements is rapidly being tarnished by the likes of cover-up after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Takata airbag fiasco, and now the apparent denial and downplaying of COVID-19 in Japan.
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Don't knock Abe. He's the only one being positive. Maybe we need some light.
Is he being 'positive', or delusional? Abe seems to be in denial of facts and reality.
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Oh you fool. Utter clueless fool.
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I foresee one without athletes.
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No way Abe.
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Dude, you have to be kidding. It's all publically available, and in English if you want it.
Answer: Total since crisis began. 7200 (last night's figures).
@Tora - So 7200 tested in Japan, which is less than the total number of positive cases on S. Korea?
Why is Japan doing so few tests? Are they trying to artificially lower the number of cases, in order to not end up on the headlines across the world as COVID-19 hotspots, alongside China/Italy/S.Korea? It could backfire badly for Japan...
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the death rate has nothing to do with how many people are tested.
@nakanoguy - Yes it does. Obviously the true death rate will never be known, but reported or estimated death rate will vary depending on number of tests carried out.
A country that carries out tests far and wide will pick up more positive cases including mild cases that would otherwise have been missed, and therefore have a lower reported death rate, compared to a country that only carries out testing for people who have developed significant symptoms.
As an extrapolated example if a country only carries out testing for patients who have developed respiratory failure and are about to die, that country will end up with a reported mortality of 100%, whereas another country that tests every single one of their citizens will pick up close to 100% of all cases (depending on the sensitivity of the testing process), and probably end up with a death rate under 1%.
It's simple logic.
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So how many tests is Japan carrying out daily? Last I heard it was a paltry figure compared to China, S. Korea and Italy.
I hope Japan isn't busy trying to sweep it under the rug, in fear of the Olympics being affected. Otherwise the people of Japan as well as neighbouring countries will pay for it, with their lives.
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How is it even a discussion?
Cancel the Olympics now and save your misery. Cut your losses early.
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The government's handling of the crisis has come under scrutiny internationally and domestically, with opposition lawmakers questioning the relatively low number of tests administered in Japan -- just over 1,000 nationwide, compared to 57,000 in South Korea.
Therein lies the problem.
The 'if we don't test for Coronavirus, we won't get more confirmed cases' should just be an internet meme, but that seems to be how the J-Govt is approaching this deadly outbreak.
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Now that they (both director and exec producer) have the world's attention, they better watch their back because the last person to attack the chaebol and highlighting the rich poor divide is now in custody (I'm referring to the last president of SK, not just any common person).
@Sh1mon - Ex-president Park attacked the chaebol and highlighted the rich-poor divide? You could not have said anything further from the truth. She was found guilty of corruption by the courts, but not before an estimated 10 million South Koreans (about 20% of the population) took to the streets in months-long protest.
Plus that middle aged lady who gave the acceptance speech in English was the executive producer for the film, and happens to be the vice-president of the chaebol CJ Group, and is also a cousin to Lee Jae Yong, the acting CEO of Samsung Group. I think they'll be just fine.
So that comment is best described as a swing and a miss. I see the news of a South Korean film winning Best Picture is causing much soul searching in Japan...
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There is no doubt the Academy voters chose Parasite as best film solely to deflect criticisms of how "White" the Oscars was/is.
Certainly Parasite was the best movie out of the nominees, and it was the right choice, but the Academy voters chose it for the wrong reasons.
@old man - So the 8,000 plus voters of The Academy, in their quest to award the year's best film, had the wrong motivation to simply prove a point about diversity, and in doing so gave the award to the best film of the year?
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Watershed moment for the Oscars. 1917, while a great film, is not unique in being a war epic which moves you with a show of human bravery.
Parasite is one of a kind, wonderfully quirky, funny, thrilling and unpredictable to the end and a reflection of our society.
Well deserved, the Korean entertainment industry has been getting all sorts of plaudits the last couple of decades but many will look back at the Best Picture award at the Oscars as when it stepped out truly into the mainstream limelight.
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And just last week the sign-holding protesters were against the pact. How fickle some can be!
@Yubaru - Maybe the protestors pictured above are a different group from those who opposed the pact?
Maybe different individuals have different opinions? Or do you think all South Koreans must have one unified stance on every topic?
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Pity South Korean youth have been brainwashed with a deep-rooted anti-Japanese sentiment.
@Hokkaido - Pity that Japanese youths have been brainwashed for decades that they were trying to defend Asia from Western aggression, and that they were the victims not the aggressors.
Japan has less press freedom than SK and more authoritarian control over their citizens who rarely voice their disagreement to their government, one that has essentially become a single party ruled state.
Those youths are now middle-aged, scratching their heads as to why they still don't get along with their neighbours.
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