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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,709 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 12,014 See in context

I wish the article writers would stop reporting "ups" and "downs" from the previous day. It is meaningless.

Instead, they should report the amount from the previous week (same day of the week).

Fortunately the linked document has more useful information such as the change of the 7-day moving average (which today is 189%, quite a steep increase).

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Posted in: Outdoor drinking party in athletes village being investigated See in context

Take the medals away from all that break the rules.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 3,058 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 10,177 See in context

@1glenn not really because Japan is also testing much less. You can't find all cases if you don't test enough.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics CEO says COVID cases at Games 'within expectations' See in context

30,000 daily tests in the Olympics and less than 10,000 for over a year in Tokyo, only recently going over 12,000 from time to time.

Thanks for being clear that you don't care about Japanese residents (and tax payers), mister Muro.

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Posted in: French boxer sits on ring apron in protest after DQ loss See in context

@Vinke Where in this article is it written that he has broken the protocol? Non-violent protests are authorized per the playbook.

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Posted in: Officials in Tokyo alarmed at lack of sense of crisis as virus cases hit record highs See in context

self-isolating at designated hotels

This is a bad decision, because it breaks the so-called bubble. This is a recipe for having the virus spread from athletes to hotel personnel then to the public.

Instead they should have reserved a wing in the Olympic village for isolating those athletes, inside the same bubble.

This shows that organizer while somewhat caring about athletes don't care about Japanese residents at all.

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Posted in: 8-year-old boy suffers fractured skull after being hit by mini-truck while returning home See in context

A 8-year old kid should not walk alone so early in the morning. Parents are irresponsible.

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Posted in: 1st case of COVID-19 detected in Tokyo Olympic Village See in context

@Raw Beer

Ivermectin doesn't cure nor protect against COVID. The only "study" that was going in that direction has recently been proven to be mostly a fabrication.

The best protection for oneself is still to get vaccinated, and towards other to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Back to the article, it is not a surprise that a few cases will be found in the Olympics village. Despite best intents, it is bound to happen. What matters is how it will be handled by all parties (JP gov, IOC, athletes).

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Posted in: A greener Olympic Games? Tokyo 2020's environmental impact See in context

I'm afraid it is just a front.

One of the task as a volunteer that I learned about will be to use huge printers to print the result (and other documents) of each sports in hundreds of copies, which are then sent to delegations and the press.

The exact same data could have just been compiled on a computer and sent through an app, (e.g. email) avoiding the waste of tons of paper and ink.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 1,149 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,194 See in context

@MaxInTokyo

Deadly case are the most important.

If we got this virus but can easily recover, it’s like influenza.

Not it's not. I personally have two members of my family that got COVID. While they are out of danger, they still have long-lasting symptoms such as partial loss of taste/smell and shortness of breath. In particular, damages to the lungs are usually irreversible.

This is known as "long covid" and is going to cause a lot of issues for a lot of people in the coming years, and cost a lot of money to the healthcare systems.

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Posted in: Chinese athletes complain about lax virus measures at Tokyo Olympics hotel See in context

@CrashTestDummyToday

It is not realistic to keep the Olympic athletes in a bubble like they claimed. The athletes should know that. Also, if they are vaccinated athletes, then they should not care if they are around other unvaccinated or vaccinated people as they are protected against the virus.

That's not exactly how a vaccine works. It doesn't protect you 100% from the virus, you can still catch it and you can still transmit it to other people (albeit at a lower probability). What a vaccine does, is reduce the virus impact, i.e. the severity of any illness that might result from the infection, since your body can now fight it more efficiently.

So if there are not in a bubble, they can still catch it and test positive which would prevent them from competing.

Despite one might think about China, the athletes make a valid point.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

@livvy Right I forgot a few might have been given early shots from June 18th. But that's still too late, since it takes 6 weeks from the first vaccination to be fully vaccinated. And June 18th + 6 weeks gives July 30th which is one week the start of the competition.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 920 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,191 See in context

@Akula The volunteers I know have all been vaccinated. It's pretty much part of the deal.

That is very far from the truth. As a volunteer, I can tell you that vaccinations specifically for volunteers started last week (June 28th). The vaccination site for the volunteers is at the old Tsukiji market.

Given that it takes 4 weeks between the two injections and 2 more weeks before the vaccine is fully effective (so 6 weeks total), no a single volunteer will be fully vaccinated before the start of the Olympics, under that scheme (if they were vaccinated with their respective local municipality, it might be different).

In my case, I am only volunteering for the Paralympics so I will be fully vaccinated at that time.

With that said, the vaccination is volontary and not compulsory. Which means a lot of volunteers won't have any kind of immunity, which is worrying.

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Posted in: Europe in vaccination race against COVID-19's delta variant See in context

@virusrex We are no longer in the same situation as in 2020, so the dangers seems lower,

There are more active cases now than in 2020, so the danger is actually higher.

More active cases = higher chances of mutations, more mutations = higher chances for the virus to develop resistance against the current vaccines.

That's why the vaccination campaign is actually a race against time: we need the reproduction number to get below 1 everywhere. Currently, even though about 60% of the UK population has been inoculated, the reproduction number is still above 1.1.

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Posted in: Truck driver admits drinking alcohol before accident that killed 2 children See in context

This wouldn't happen if kids were not forced to walk home in the middle of the afternoon. And if sidewalks were more secured.

Kids should be able to stay in the school premises until their parents come to take them home.

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Posted in: Japan may get herd immunity for COVID-19 by mid-October: study See in context

That's not how herd immunity work. Why would a company let financial analysts give an opinion on health issue (a subject they have no education for) and why would journalists report that nonsense?

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Posted in: Sydney put into two-week hard lockdown as Delta COVID-19 cases grow See in context

Australia showing what needs to be done.

Short lock-downs ensure safety while not impacting the economy too much (since it can resume at full power shortly after).

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Posted in: Athletes on edge with Tokyo Olympics less than 1 month away See in context

The Tokyo Olympics, postponed for a year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, will open on July 23 and close on Aug 8.

No they won't. The Paralympics follows with also big delegations from lots of countries.

So it would be more correct to say that it closes on September 5th. In other words, it is more than a full month of increased risk.

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Posted in: Tokyo Governor Koike hospitalized due to fatigue See in context

@savethegaijin So basically the Olympics organization in Japan is a black company. Hang in there and hope for the best.

International outlets would love to hear about your husband's story. You can anonymously and safely submit his testimony (or yours) using the SecureDrop service. I know The Guardian (UK outlet) has one (just google "the guardian secure drop" or "newspaper securedrop" and follow the instructions).

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Posted in: More companies, universities begin on-site vaccinations See in context

Still haven't received my voucher (or coup or whatever it is called). Why do they not send them all at once since it still requires to book an appointment?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic spectator cap set at 10,000 or 50% capacity per venue See in context

@Vinke As long as the spectator limit is set to 1/3 or at least 1/2 of the full capacity.

Following logic, it should be at most 1/3.

The goal is to force social distancing, but having only one seat empty every two seats is meaningless if the row behind and in front of you are also half occupied: those people would be too close to the other in front or behind. To enforce proper distancing and limit the risk of virus transmission, there are only two configurations:

-- either one seat every two seats on an used row is occupied, and one full row is empty between two rows

or one seat every three seats on a row is occupied, with the next row having the occupied seat shifted one place

That brings the total capacity to between 1/4 and 1/3 max, depending on configurations. Anything higher is just pretending to care.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't begins COVID-19 vaccinations for Olympic workers, media See in context

Japan has secured COVID-19 doses for around 40,000 workers related to the Tokyo Olympics

And yet there are more than 80,000 volunteers and we have been told we should also be able to get the vaccine in that government building. Looks like they were lying, as usual.

40,000 workers + 80,000 volunteers = 120,000 people. At 2,500 doses a day, it will take 48 days minimum for just the first shot and 96 days minimum for both shots being delivered, which puts us way after the end of the Paralympics.

Well done Japan!

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Posted in: Japan to begin COVID vaccinations for foreign embassy officials on Monday See in context

@shogun36 Now where's my vaccine coupon, or whatever it's called?

This is also something I don't understand. Why are coupons not send to everyone at once? You still need to register for an appointment so it's not like I would skip the line.

And at the same time there are stories every day where they say not all spots are filled. This is mind boggling. Governments and administration in Japan are really broken, they have no common sense.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 209 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 936 See in context

With testing being half what it used to be just a week ago. Just in time to end the SOE...

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Posted in: Hiroshima to conduct PCR tests for 800,000 to battle COVID-19 See in context

@SandyBeachHeaven your point being?

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic president tries to reassure doubting country See in context

@Zodiac

Suga, the IOC, Mori and Bill Gates versus the majority of the Japanese people.

You are misrepresenting Bill Gates involvement. He has nothing to do with the Olympics. He merely suggested that IF they were to take place, a rigorous vaccination plan must take place, including in in Third-World nations. Which is another way to say that IF such plan is not carried over, then there is no way they can take place.

As for the reported sentence he might have said "Gates called on Suga to host a successful Summer Games as it would send a strong message to the rest of the world", that's just a way to start a conversation. Gates has no power to decide if the Olympics are going to be held or not, so assuming they will, he was just being polite.

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Posted in: Japanese approval of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine unlikely until May See in context

@divinda I hope that's not the case. Because that would mean trading the life of people for econompic or political gain.

No, I think this can be explain more easily: the utter incompetence of the Japanese government at every level. It has been known for years but is now at full display.

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Posted in: Suga pledges to improve coronavirus situation in 1 month See in context

@Nato

My income dropped by 35% last year, and the GoTo campaigns made things worse by encouraging potential customers to go out of Tokyo every weekend. Weekends and evenings are peak hours for my business, but sales are already down 30%.

If they shut bars and restaurants and tell everyone to be at home by 8pm that's going to make things even worse.

Which is why the right thing to do would be to close the country completely for 2-3 weeks until all people with mild symptom heal themselves naturally. Then the virus would be virtually gone and the economic activity could restart again.

Countries that are now virus-free did exactly that. But to get the Japanese government to do that would require leadership and there has never been any leader in Japan history, sadly.

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Posted in: 78-year-old man, driving wrong way on expressway, crashes into car, killing driver See in context

What is an elderly doing driving that late into the night?

He must be retired and hence should be in bed at his home, especially during a pandemic.

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Posted in: No. of people changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan See in context

gender identity disorder

Really Japan? It's not a disease.

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