COVID-19 INFORMATION What you need to know about the coronavirus if you are living in Japan or planning a visit.

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Posted in: Tokyo records most new coronavirus cases in a day as pressure for lockdown builds See in context

It is all about "money" vs "life". The Japanese government at the moment thinks money is more important. It is taking a gamble that the virus will not infect too many vulnerable Japanese that will overwhelm the health system like Italy and Spain. It hopes it can wait this out.

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Posted in: Growth in Australia coronavirus cases slows, but experts urge caution See in context

While most Australian's are doing their bit to follow the instructions from the Government, there are still many publicans or tourists (who came before the restrictions) who are not helping as the Police are dispersing crowds on a daily basis.

From another article online:

Noisy Queensland house parties have surged despite coronavirus-fuelled social distancing measures as people locked out of pubs and clubs drink at home.

Queensland police attended 900 noisy parties over Saturday and Sunday, compared to 600 the previous weekend.

Some people just will not listen.

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Posted in: Growth in Australia coronavirus cases slows, but experts urge caution See in context

400 people who were let off the Ruby Princess are now infected with the Coronovirus. 10% of all Australian cases, and that's not counting the people they infected.

The NSW government has really stuffed up big this time.

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Posted in: Growth in Australia coronavirus cases slows, but experts urge caution See in context

All pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes are closed.

Restaurants and cafes can still do takeaways and deliveries.

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Posted in: Apple's factories are running, but suppliers wary about iPhone demand See in context

I do not know what people in other countries will do. Here down under with the economy literally in meltdown and tens of thousands Aussies news said even a million, would become unemployed. Who is going to buy a $2,000 new phone?

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

206 tests performed yesterday in all Japan. That’s one way to ensure there’s not spike in cases!

I was surprised that there was no new case in Japan yesterday. Now I know why. The same no test, no new case thing again. So Japan is still playing the gambling game. When will Japan decide to fold its cards and play it safe? Or does it really believe luck would be on its side till the end.

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Posted in: Australia asks people to isolate more even as coronavirus spread slows See in context

With such low infection/mortality rates there seems to be a lot of misplaced fear going around

It is still early to tell if Australia has dodged a bullet. The low infection/mortality rates are the result of taking tough measures early. Sydney and Melbourne are cities with population of over 5 millons which are very high risk of a catastrophic outbreak. The lockdown measures have crippled the economy. However, after what happened in Wuhan, Italy and Spain where the health system had been overwhelmed and thousands died, ScoMo just did not want to gamble and decided to play it safe.

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Posted in: 58 infected with coronavirus at welfare facility in Chiba See in context

The picture is just so wrong. So many people were not wearing masks. Those not sitting at the table do not need to be there since they were only listening. Ever heard of something called Facebook Live? To go even further there is video conferencing app like Zoom which could get rid of all those around the table. My 70 year old mother is watching the live streaming of her Sunday church service on Facebook now. She used Zoom for her prayer group yesterday. A small church can do it and the Japanese government cannot do it right? Are they too optimistic, too stupid or just too lazy?

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Posted in: Tokyo confirms 63 new coronavirus cases, a record daily increase See in context

http://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-52015486

Coronavirus: Why some countries wear face masks and others don't

Whether everyone going outside of your house should wear mask is debatable. The sad truth is there is not enough masks in the world now so the supplies must be prioritised to the front line people fighting the virus.

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

Either that or we can stay locked up in our rooms for the next 10 years

Have you ever heard of something called "vaccine"? Seriously, mate. You are just embarrassing yourself?

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Posted in: Experts warn Japan may not have enough new virus test kits See in context

I honestly think the best thing to do is to semi-quarantine the elderly and let the virus runs its course through the population so we all get immunity to it.

Google the word "Tara Jane Langston", a 39 year old healthy British woman who caught the virus while going overseas and had to be admitted to the ICU. Look at her scary video. There are people who are not elderly but gets really sick after bring infected.

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

If you look at the picture you will see that more than a few people aren't even wearing masks.

Hello Kitty 321. Thanks for your post. I just took another look at the picture and cannot believe the horror!

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

If you look at the picture you will see that more than a few people aren't even wearing masks.

Hello Kitty 321

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

I think Japanese believe that as long as they are wearing facial masks the virus cannot infect them.

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Posted in: No. of coronavirus infections in Japan passes 1,000 See in context

Since the majority of carriers have mild or even no symptoms, the only accurate way to find out how widly the virus has spreaded is increased testing of as many people as you can. It is not easy but frankly there is no other way.

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Posted in: Sydney's Bondi beach closed after crowds defy social distancing orders See in context

Speed

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-21/bondi-beach-closed-over-crowds-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/12077618

It looks fine in that picture but other pictures and videos from various news outlets are telling a different story.

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Posted in: Cherry blossom viewing parties wither away due to coronavirus outbreak See in context

I was holidaying in Tokyo last year for this beautiful occasion and enjoyed every bit of it. It is sad people cannot have hanami parties but at least they still can venture out can look at those beautiful cherry blossoms.

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Posted in: 'Elderly hour' in Australian stores as panic-buying continues See in context

27 years living down under in Australia, 2020 will be a year I will never forget.

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Posted in: Domino’s, Pizza Hut introduce 'Zero Contact' delivery service amid virus fears See in context

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/coronavirus-dominos-uber-eats-menulog-announce-no-contact-delivery/news-story/c24de9e7037560b1343c4cf8a147d908

It is happening here down under, too.

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Posted in: WHO pandemic declaration won't change Tokyo Olympics plan: Suga See in context

This is turning into a farce. Talk about being in denial. It is obvious that Japan is hoping for a last minute reprieve as we head into summer and the virus dies off. However, there is no proof yet that it will automatically happen.

Winter will soon arrive for the counties in the southern hemisphere so is Japan going to ban people from those countries entering Japan during the Olympic? If not then who are going to risk their lifes coming to the biggest mass gathering in the world?

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Posted in: People in Chinatown, who have supported this city's development over many years, have been suffering great pains over matters related to the new coronavirus. I'm utterly infuriated by the fact that these letters were sent to them. See in context

Dr. Theophils

I had no idea that restaurants at the Chinatown in Yokohama are allowed to slaughter exotic animals! I do not like what some Chinese are doing in China but the restaurant owners themsleves have done nothing wrong! You are saying like male Japanese living overseas should be labeled as gropers since many men living in Japan are.

By the way the H1N1 swine flu originates in Mexico. MERS first appeared in the middle east. My home state Queensland, has the unfortunate fact of being the origin of one of the deadest virus in the world, Hendra virus.

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context

https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/its-not-just-toilet-roll-the-new-items-selling-out-at-the-supermarket/news-story/6724e614ca8aae9dde10bdb664cf14be

Perhaps the most surprising item out of stock, however, was in Liquorland.

An international beer with “fresh and vibrant flavour” that was great with “meals,” the sign side below an empty shelf.

In the middle of Australia’s coronavirus panic, the store had run out of Corona beer.

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Posted in: Panic buying follows coronavirus across the globe See in context

Australia's biggest supermarket this week began rationing sales of toilet paper after police had to be called to a shop in Sydney when a knife was drawn in a scuffle over the scarce commodity.

You gotta be kidding me, mate. Some people have really lost their minds.

We might be less irrational if we weren't being reminded so much of the potential dangers by the news," London-based consumer psychologist Kate Nightingale told AFP. "We either avoid the topic or we go completely nuts and stock up on anything we might just need."

Oh, please. Stop blaming the news. You should be able to analyse the situation and make decisions accordingly. Some people are just pessimistic and go nuts.

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Posted in: Australian stores ration toilet paper amid coronavirus panic buying See in context

We are trying to reassure people that removing all of the lavatory paper from the shelves of supermarkets probably isn't a proportionate or sensible thing to do at this time," Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy told a parliamentary hearing on Wednesday.

LOL! How did he keep a straight face saying this.

A large percentage of the Australian population are Chinese. There was video on the news last night about Costco in Sydney selling out thousands of rolls of TP (a container load) in under an hour. Nearly every one of the hoarders were Chinese.

Come on, mate. Let's be fair. There are many Asian who are hoarding but there are white Aussies doing it, too.

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Posted in: China reports rise in imported virus cases See in context

A few days ago, a high rank offical medical expert in China who provides a lot of information to the media since the outbreak said something interesting. He said the outbreak of this virus happens in China. However, the virus may not have originated from China. There is unconfirmed news that Pangolin, not from China but from Malaysia and other south eastern asian countries, is the original host of this virus. Looks like the CCP are trying to shift the blame of creating this disaster to other things.

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Posted in: Leipzig apologizes after Japanese fans asked to leave stadium over virus fear See in context

Since the virus outbreaks the China towns and Chinese restaurants have been very short of Japanese customers.

And short of American customers in the US as well.

Same thing here down under as well.

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Posted in: Australia to use biosecurity law to restrict movements of coronavirus patients See in context

Its a very peculiar Japanese thing.

In my own option, It was a very percuilar Japanese thing until I went to my local supermarket today and saw the empty shelfs in the toilet paper aisle. Then a staff member pull out a whole pallet of 36 roll/bag of TP and they all flew out of the store. One guy bought 4 packs of them which was equal to 144 rolls of TP. News reports that the 2 biggest supermarket chains in Australia, Woolworths and Coles, have said they have plenty of supplies. However, local factories have decide to ramp production just in case things get worse.

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Posted in: Japan's crowdless sports: A prelude to a coronavirus-hit Olympics? See in context

@JJ Jetplane

Thanks for your information. Learn something today.

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Posted in: Japan's crowdless sports: A prelude to a coronavirus-hit Olympics? See in context

 Tokyo 2020 is off.

If this happens, then it would be the second time an Olympic is cancelled. Guess when was the first time? It is in 1940 an the host city was Tokyo.

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Posted in: Man arrested over theft of 5,800 bicycle seats See in context

Stealing 5,800 seats in 25 years without getting caught is just mind boggling. It said the loot was found in a rental storage so has he been renting the storage for 25 years. If not how did he move them around? Packing and moving all of them is no easy task.

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