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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

Notice that she has quietly abandoned her claim that the Games would be "symbolic of humankind's triumph over the coronavirus"?

Suga said that, not Koike. But Suga is busy packing, so he's is MIA.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 591 coronavirus cases; record-high 1,130 for Osaka See in context

And NHK and TNN are blabbing about how successful the Olympics will be. How tone deaf can you get?

They are propaganda arms of the government. This is not at all surprising.

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Posted in: Koike pledges utmost anti-virus steps to deliver 'wonderful' Tokyo Olympics See in context

Well, I hope Suga will beg The President to airlift some vaccines, and I hope she agrees.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

Osaka does more tests. Go figure.

Why is that a surprise? If the Tokyo went back into a State Of Emergency, they would have no choice but to cancel the Olympics, as nobody in their right mind would come.

So they are gambling that quasi (a.k.a. less than half-arsed) effort will somehow suppress the virus. The problem is that the mutant variant has an R number of around 4.0, compared 2.5 with the regular one, so simple measures such as mask-wearing may be insufficient.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

What is the meaning of the caption with the photo?

I think it has absolutely nothing to do with coronavirus, but asking the construction people to wear a hard hat. I agree, very odd choice for the article.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 510 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,452 See in context

510 cases are a 25% increase over last Tuesday, with the same number of tests.

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park

Nothing shows "humanity's victory over the virus" than this image...

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Posted in: Olympic torchbearers run through empty Osaka park as virus surge tops 1,000 See in context

Osaka at 1000 while Tokyo only at 510. Why has this balance shifted so much?

Because they ramped up testing. The number of tests in Tokyo are suppressed because of the Olympics, undoubtedly.

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Posted in: 60% dissatisfied with Japan's COVID vaccine rollout; 44% approval rating for Suga cabinet: poll See in context

Only 60% dissatisfied? That's impossible.

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Posted in: Japan trails world in COVID vaccine rollout 2 months after its start See in context

There may be two extra doses available for you and your wife.

Did you decide for her?

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 306 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,102 See in context

306 cases is a 23% increase over last Monday.

5600 tests on a Friday, when it's known that the case count is up.

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Posted in: Japan trails world in COVID vaccine rollout 2 months after its start See in context

I would lie if I said I was shocked by the ineptitude shown here.

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern says border workers must take COVID-19 vaccine after new cases See in context

branch covidians

Lol. Very ept.

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Posted in: New Zealand PM Ardern says border workers must take COVID-19 vaccine after new cases See in context

This is the way it needs to be, for the good of the greater population.

You have the right to be an anti-vaxxer, but you have no right to be free from the consequences if your choice.

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Posted in: Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly See in context

174,100 by the end of April.

We are looking at many months before any significant number of people will have received a shot.

Sorry, 174k * 5 = 870k people. Still less 1% of the general population by the end of April.

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Posted in: Japan starts COVID-19 vaccinations for elderly See in context

Vaccine deliveries to the country's prefectures started last week with 100 boxes, each enough for two shots for 500 people, so far distributed.

50 freaking thousand...

from the final week of April, when all of the 1,741 municipalities in Japan will have received one box.

174,100 by the end of April.

We are looking at many months before any significant number of people will have received a shot.

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

No way in the world I'm talking the Pfizer or Moderna shots.

We know you are anti-vaxxer. You make it very obvious from all your posts. By all mean, don't take it, but then suffer the consequences if you cannot do certain things because you are not vaccinated.

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Posted in: Hyogo Prefecture to give 320,000 fans to restaurants for customers to cover mouths, dine 'safely' See in context

More theater (in this case almost literally) instead of real measures.

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Posted in: Japanese hospital worker infected with coronavirus after 2 vaccine shots See in context

We, we know the vaccine is not effective against the Eeek mutation.

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Posted in: 300 hotel rooms planned for Olympic athletes with minor or no COVID symptoms See in context

met a Spanish guy today at the beach

So the athletes are supposed to be not allowed to travel around and take public transport, but these people do?

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Posted in: 300 hotel rooms planned for Olympic athletes with minor or no COVID symptoms See in context

Nothing show that the Olympics are about "humanity's victory over the virus" than 300 rooms dedicated to infected athletes...

You really cannot make this up.

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Posted in: Chinese vaccines 'don’t have very high protection rates,' says official See in context

But Butantan stressed that the vaccine is 78% effective in preventing mild cases that needed treatment and 100% effective in staving off moderate to serious cases.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-55642648

I am OK if it prevents moderate to serious cases.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

As Thomas Sowell says, nothing is more permanent than a temporary government measure.

I don't know who Thomas Sowell is, but the pandemic measures that were lifted in every other country proves him/her wrong.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

Current pandemic will take that announcement like ordinary people?

Sorry, I missed a word: The inept government said the quasi-SOE was set to start on Monday.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

although the area is still less crowded than before the pandemic.

The area would be less crowded with or without the SOE, the quasi-SOE, stronger measures, or medical emergency.

There are no tourists.

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

The government said the quasi-SOE was set to start on Monday. So the population listened and assumed it was fine this weekend still.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 570 coronavirus cases; 918 in Osaka See in context

is it a pandemic with so few with severe symptoms?

Japan has 511 severe cases. The UK has 421. You be the judge.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 570 coronavirus cases; 918 in Osaka See in context

I wonder what's really causing the surge in Osaka. It can't be just people going out eating and drinking at night. People are going out at night in other big cities, too, such as Sapporo, Hiroshima, Fukuoka and Chiba, but their infection numbers seem to have been around 100 or so for the past week.

Osaka actually ramped up testing. So this is not surprising at all.

If Tokyo was not testing around 7000 on a weekday, who knows how high the numbers would be.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 570 coronavirus cases; 918 in Osaka See in context

At this rate not looking good for China's February Olympics either.

I think you are right.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 570 coronavirus cases; 918 in Osaka See in context

all bets are off if the variant from Osaka takes hold in Tokyo.

Vaccines apparently work 10-60x less well against the Eeek variants. The Japanese government needs to worry about this, as that means even vaccinated Olympic athletes are at danger. In other words, the Olympics are pretty much toast, as no sane government will send the athletes and allow the mutated virus to be brought back with them:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variants_of_SARS-CoV-2#E484K

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanmic/article/PIIS2666-5247(21)00068-9/fulltext

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