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Posted in: Economic fallout mounts as coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide See in context

You know what i don't get? According to the worldometers Japan numbers of infection is around 2k but the number of recovered barely has gone up in the last 2 months. But china who had 80k infection has more than 76k recovered while Korea around 10k infection has around 6k of recovered. And korea mass infection begun in march! It only took 2-3 weeks for most of them to recovered and be release from the hospital. How is Japan number of recovered patients so freaking low? Is almost like none of the patient are released.

Are people just getting release to make more space for the hospitals or are the other countries treatments just that effective? Because i want some of those medicines then.

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Posted in: Cluster suspected at Oita medical center after 2 more virus cases confirmed See in context

I don't care anymore. Mask don't prevent infection anyway. They only prevent the infected from spreading it. Sick of holding up in my house. Might as well go enjoy myself with some cherry blossom. If this is the last one i will be seeing then so be it.

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Posted in: Canadian PM Trudeau to be in isolation after wife tests positive for coronavirus See in context

Getting the virus is not really the problem. Most of the infected just suffer from some slight cold symptoms. Only sever cases are the lethal ones. Korea and China report daily of those recovered from it. The biggest problem is that the virus can be so easily transmitted that it pose danger to the kids and old people. So the problem is to keep the infected from spreading the virus to others. So what is needed is a effective quarantine procedure.

134k infected around the world sounds a lot, but 70k had already recovered from it. Even in Japan half of the cruise ship infected are already recovered from the virus.

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Posted in: Kurabo to sell kits to detect new coronavirus in 15 minutes See in context

I don't mind. China had earn this through the blood and sweat of battling the virus for the last few months to able to develop such a kit. I don't get why any of you would get so offended when you heard is manufactured in China.

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Posted in: Coronavirus leaves passenger-filled ships without ports See in context

Why anyone want to goes on a cruise in these difficult times is beyond me. Can't they have stay home for a few months and let things had calm down? Nobody should even get on these ships when the virus had first appeared in jan. I bet these cruise ships were giving out discounts to attract passengers.

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Posted in: South Korea, Japan trade travel restrictions in virus row See in context

The funny thing is that while more than a 90 nations is banning Korea, the only one Korea is picking a fight with is Japan and demand they reverse the ban. Talk about being hypocrites.

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Posted in: Coronavirus testing to be covered by national health insurance See in context

What i don't get is why the medical treatment in Italy is so bad. Their mass outbreak was like a week ago and they have so many death already. If you look at the 'worldometers updates, the death counts is pretty high. I always though italy was a very advance nation.

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

The 'wordometers' keep daily updates about infection from all around the world. You can keep track of how bad the situation is by checking it out daily.

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Posted in: Coronavirus testing to be covered by national health insurance See in context

But you gotta admit, these testing are a bit pricey. Not every country has prepare sufficient enough to tackle the situation if a outbreak happen. The time,cost and it take up a lot of space and equipment from the hospital. I guess it depend on the situation. I am really wondering how Korea had manage to do it that quickly while the rest of the world is still struggling. Are they even sharing information with the rest of the world? They must have skip a lot of steps in the testing to speed up the process.

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Posted in: Coronavirus testing to be covered by national health insurance See in context

Actually the cost depend on what a lot of things. It can range from 1000-6000. And that is for those with insurance. Read the 'thehill' site about the cost of these tests.

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Posted in: S Korea protests over Japan's virus travel restrictions See in context

I am not worried. I might be concern if it was April or May but not now. At worst they can always delay the whole thing. The virus is now a global problem. If things still hasn't calm down by June, i don't think any nation in the world is even in the mood for any olympics.

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Posted in: Coronavirus testing to be covered by national health insurance See in context

Look, if we truly have many infection, people would already be dropping on the floor and send to the hospitals already. Japan is not a country that you can actually hide these things.

Of course Korea need to test that many. The church that spread the virus has around 200k members. The whole country demand that the government test every last one of them. They already reach 6000numbers infection and need to lock down two region. Don't think is good news because they tested so many people. The cost to actually do this, is currently breaking down down their medical industry both physically and mentally. You have no idea how much they are spending trying to save those cities. But if they don't they would be blamed too by the people. They are force to quickly scan all the church members to ease the public anger and try to salvage the situation.

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Posted in: Coronavirus testing to be covered by national health insurance See in context

That good news. All other nation charge money for tests. Unless you are suspected to be infected, you gonna have to pay for the test. No one can just walk in a hospital and expect to get free testing. In the USA it cost around $3000 for a single test.

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Posted in: Japan eyes emergency coronavirus legislation as infections rise See in context

I think panic from the public is exaggerating things and making things worse than what it really is. Out of the world 94k infection, around 51k has already recovered. Even Japan 1000 number, around 300 has already recovered. People need to calm down. If you look at the worldometers info, things are finally looking up. By April this things is gone before a cure can ever be found. Like what happen to MERS and SARS years ago. Governments lost interest in developing a cure after the virus died down. But by then the world encomy is probably at the worst state ever.

We are doing way better than others anyway. Our patients are at least recovering faster than Korea. The casualties we suffer are mostly 80yrs old patients or in Korea case old patients that are already suffering from other diseases like cancer.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will create ¥270 bil fund to fight virus spread; asks for public support See in context


Is different. Don’t believe everything Korea tell you too. They gave a number and you believe it? The only reason why they even manage to do anything is because the situation has gotten so worse that it’s been raise to the higest level ‘red’ and Moon had pour every reserve they had to save a city of 2.5million people. The mass infection has started long before they took action. Is about rules of law. Japan can only also pour all their people and reserve at it if the situation is as critical as Korea. Unless a region has been hit pretty hard like Korea and request aid from the mainland, usually the region itself is responsible for their own actions. The governor there decide how things goes.

Korea has a list of all the church members and they have been trying hard to shift the focus of the blame of the infection to them for weeks now. Most of the testing are now focus on these church members and those who are sick. I wouldn’t so easily believe they had really tested that many people when even USA and Italy struggle with the testing. Even if they did, they most likely tested those who already show symptoms and tell others they are fine.

And what makes you think Japan didn’t ask for Korea aid in trying to shorten the testing time? Korea has recently been trying to sell their test kits of 2 hours to the world. Is pretty obvious Japan manage to learn something and manage to finally shorten the time on ours test kits by using their as a example. So i am glad finally improvements are made.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will create ¥270 bil fund to fight virus spread; asks for public support See in context

*SARS in 2002. Almost 2 decades and whole world promise back then they would pour all kind of resources to find a cure. Still nothing came from it. The world will never learn it seems.

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Posted in: Abe says gov't will create ¥270 bil fund to fight virus spread; asks for public support See in context

I don't know what you people want from Abe. Not a single person has manage to handle the virus situation perfectly anyway. Not korea,not china,italy, iran and not even USA. All other countries manage to do is implement the ban and hope for the best. So i don't get what any of you is complaining about. Even korea standard test kits needed 2hours to able to see results. We manage to decrease it from 6 hours to 30 minutes and now to 15minutes. And is still not good enough for most of you. I just read that California itself only has 200 test kits on hand and need days before they can be resupply.

Abe decide to support smaller companies with funds and that is also bad. He announce closing of school and that is also horrible. So i really don't know what you want from him. Unless you want him to personally go to the field and get infected just to satisfy your own desires to see him suffer.

And korea clinical trails didn't even happen and still need approval next month. Actually not a single clinical trail has started yet in the world. Both SARS in 2015 and MERS in 2015 still has no cure after so many years and the whole world still can't do anything against it. Don't expect Abe government to work a miracle.

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Posted in: China-Japan virus cooperation helps offset sea dispute See in context

Cooperation always happen when they face troubles. But once the trouble dies down, China would probably forget about the handshake and continue the same old routine. It's been like this for a century. This is not the first time nor the last.

Sure helping each other is a good thing. Butit also depend on how much aid we can give the chinese people. But Abe government can't help them too much. Look at Moon situation in Korea. The whole country want him remove because he favor china instead of aiding his own country.

I think we should also patch things up with Korea too. Has been pretty tense recent years.

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Posted in: Abe's abrupt call to close schools triggers confusion See in context

I think the problem was not that Abe decision is correct or not. The problem is that he did it without discussing it and give clear instructions to the departments involve. He basically screw over all the officials in charge of these things and expect them to clean their mess.

For me i find that really wrong too. Is like when i working and my boss suddenly give me a assignment and expect me to deliver it by tomorrow without even briefing me about if the details and want to see perfect results. Why isn’t he communicating? What is his people even doing?

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Posted in: Trump urges calm even as U.S. reports new virus case from unknown origin See in context

Say you want about Trump but the guy is the only one currently in the world who has the balls to announce to the world that the virus is nothing and will pass. The guy is totally unfazed unlike other leaders who are all panicking. In his eyes this is just a flu that kills old people while the young ones recover more quickly. The guy is pretty brutal but he is not willing to see the US economy crash because of massive panics and killing it’s industry by putting a halt to everything. Being a business man as always. The whole world expect him to close borders and he still defy them. This guy is really one of it’s kind.

I really hope they will succeed in making a vaccine. They might be able to hold out, but we, korea and china has a lot of elders. A few more months of this and we would be spending the next decade trying to recover our economy.

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Posted in: Japan to ban entry by foreigners who have visited Daegu See in context

Is understandable they ban any entry. South Korea infection rate rose from less than a hundred to a thousand in less than a week. Even korea raise the emergency level to red. Is already getting out of control there. Is just the ban came too slow. Should have done it days ago. Practically every city in korea has reported cases now.

I read in “korea times” that they are now considering buying the Avigan drug from us to try it as treatment. Apparently it has some effect with curbing the virus and Japan planning to use it now these days to treat more patient with it

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Posted in: 'Where's Abe?' critics ask, as coronavirus spreads in Japan See in context

Exactly. A person who has no expertise in that field should not run toward the front and say nonsense or get infected. The health minister is in charge. People need to stop stoking fears and make it sound worse than it actually is. Causing widespread panics. And even if the situation is worse, it’s the government job to keep the population calm and prevent chaos by being optimistic.Is their job to keep the economy and nation stable for the future. This is probably another attack by his rivals to make him look bad again. Politics.

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Posted in: China, South Korea report more virus cases See in context

I am starting to see this virus as a potential lethal bio weapon. Imagine it. Just for 1 infection to appear in a city and the whole nation goes on full alert and cities goes on lock down. Ban on travel, stores close, cancelation of events and the economy goes downhill. All companies production are shut down and stock market prices drop. This seems pretty dangerous. And somehow this virus is now spreading in so many nations without them finding the cause of it and it is happening so fast. I am kinda worried what will happen to the world after a few months. The damages cause by it is not pretty.

Thanks the heaven we are not in the typhoon season. Otherwise the trouble we faces would be even harder than now.

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Posted in: Japan reports 3rd cruise ship passenger death; 57 more infected See in context

There is really a lot of 80yrs old people on this cruise ship. Is cruise to visit other nation that much fun? Isn’t it more stressful for them with the sea sickness, traveling etc? Guess is one way to enjoy retirement. But this turn out to be a nightmare.

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Posted in: Quarantine nightmare still not over for left-behind cruise ship crew See in context

You know, not everything is about money. You help when you can and they did their job splendidly. Especially in times like these. If everyone expect to be pay well and earn fat bonuses, then what would happen in a big crises when all hands on deck is needed? Right now everyone involve is trying hard and risking their lives. The war on the virus is not over. A lot more will be asked of others to contribute in order to battle this crisis. Saving others don’t need repayment. They aren’t the first heroes nor the last.

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Posted in: Influenza wave significantly wanes in Japan See in context

Is more about spending. People are now currently willing to spend more money to buy things to prevent them from getting sick. But after the virus chaos calm down, everyone would return to their daily life again. Living a life of clean hygiene also means a higher quality than of life. Is pretty expensive. Would you normally buy mask if there nothing wrong with you? Clean you hand every hour with hand sanitizers? I don’t think so. Right now people willing to dip into their savings to protect themselves from a deadly virus.

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Posted in: Ukrainians hurl stones at evacuees from China See in context

Fear and panic bring the worst out of people. These are times to stand together and support each other. Not this madness.

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Posted in: Japan reports first coronavirus death; 3 others, including doctor test positive See in context

For those who are confuse. Most of the infected cases are in hospitals receiving treatments. And those that they were in contact with usually can be quarantine for 14days until the symptoms show up. Once they get sick, they would be tested if they had it or not. This way is to prevent of wasting too many test kits. The woman who died had already infected that Tokyo taxi chauffeur. He was already in quarantine and only been confirm to be infected after so many days. Most of any new cases that show up are already people who are under the watch of the government. The virus is not spreading like everyone thinks. Is merely being misinformed. 14 days and if you get sick during that time, only then will you be tested. That is what they are also doing on the cruise ships to prevent from wasting 3000 test kits. They are waiting for the infected to show symptoms before testing them. This is why they weren't planning to have them leave the ship until the 14 days are up.

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Posted in: China's Communist Party faces its biggest crisis since SARS See in context

@Oldman_13, it would be hard. Because Japan has been pretty supportive so far in this whole crisis. Same with korea. If they pull that card again, is gonna collapse their economy. Currently they need all the allies they can get. Tourism,trade and production is not looking good. Once they contain the virus, they would need allies to convince others that China is safe to visit and do business again.

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Posted in: Japan torn over whether to test all on cruise ship for coronavirus See in context

Is about damage control. If they use up all their reserve, who would be held responsible if a outbreak happen in a city where millions lived? Currently we don't even know if the nation is safe from the virus nor if anyone has slip into the country or not. No one is crazy to bet the lives of millions like that. Is best to just keep the status as it is, while they resupply their stock. The important things is to ramp up the production for these medical kits. Letting them out is just asking for trouble. Even doctors might get infected. Currently we don't even know what the virus is capable of. Currently the one they tested so far are those who were already sick when the first case was discovered and who were infected during the trip. Now most of the 3000passengers just need to wait patiently in their room. I feel for them, but they should also think about the others who they would put in danger if they leave.

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