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Tokyo reports 1,274 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,521

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 1,274 new cases of the coronavirus, up 34 from Tuesday. The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 89,188.

The number (643 men and 631 women) is the result of 2,670 tests conducted on Jan 17.

By age group, the most number of cases were people in their 20s (272), followed by 213 in their 30s, 211 in their 40s, 163 in their 50s, 118 in their 60s, 77 in their 70s and 67 in their 80s. Also, 113 cases were younger than 20 (40 of whom were younger than 10), health officials said.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 160, up five from Tuesday, health officials said. The figure nationwide is 1014.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 5,521. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (716 ), Osaka (506), Saitama (411), Chiba (397), Hyogo (296), Fukuoka (277), Aichi (246), Hokkaido (164), Kyoto (123), Okinawa (111), Ibaraki (85), Shizuoka (76), Hiroshima (57), Gifu (55), Gunma (52), Nagano (49), Miyagi (45) and Tochigi (44).

Ninety-two coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

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Still testing so low? 2,670 tests is unbelievable, specially when hospitals are struggling already and refusing patients, as per article below:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/19/national/japan-coronavirus-hospitals-medical-system/

Decreased testing to force low positive numbers in order to the end the current SOE (and SOE that was nothing but an act to “pretending something was being done”).

And of course to also back up the “Olympics are still possible” propaganda that no one believes anymore.

Concluding... nothing new!

30 ( +33 / -3 )

I make that close to 48% positivity rate, and the govt isn't committing to mass vaccination even by July, according to another headline today.

Looks like the pension crisis could be fixed in a most Darwinian way.

28 ( +31 / -3 )

The testing is steadily going down towards Feb 7 announcement of "beating the virus."

26 ( +33 / -7 )

Infected with severe symptoms still going up, probably deaths too

21 ( +23 / -2 )

This SOE is nowhere near as strict as last year's. Thus, number aren't going down.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

The fact that there are more and more severe cases but new cases in total are going down isn't reassuring. Just guessing, but it could be that healthcare facilities that deal with the virus are getting so overwhelmed they are forced to arbitrarily refuse to test people with less severe symptoms so that they can focus on severe cases. That would be understandable on their part but inexcusable for those in charge who've had a year to deal with this.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

Sunday's (almost none to little) tests results.

And still they go for the Olympics.

Well, since vaccination for the "regular people" won't begin until May,

guess we or they can forget that event, too!

12 ( +14 / -2 )

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/19/national/japan-coronavirus-hospitals-medical-system/

Thanks for posting this. This is unbelievable, literally at banana-republic levels.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

48% positive rate! Must be nearly impossible to get a test unless you have every possible symptom. Time to eject from Tokyo!

11 ( +16 / -5 )

Looks like the jgovt wanted to keeps numbers in low 1000s so the am coney Olympic

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Another reason for low testing may be the doctors in charge have no more beds so they do not want to test and have to deny a bed.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

it's also possible that the government doesn't want to waste free tests on asymptomatic people and only test those with symptoms.

Yeah because we want all those asymptomatic people to continue walking around spreading the virus.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

I simply cannot understand the lack of testing.

more testing——more people quarantined——less chance of spread——-less grandparents/great-grandparents die.

what am I missing here!?

Japan, you’ve had a year. Even if it saves 50 older people a day isn’t that WORTH IT!?!?

10 ( +10 / -0 )

2,670 tests is laughable.

This has been going on almost a year, and the total number of positive cases has doubled in the last 6 weeks.

If that doesn't spell it out to people that things are getting worse then I don't know what will.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Nation wide testing was over 55,000. Does that make you happy?

No. Does it make you happy that with a population of 126 million, they tested 55,000?

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Nation wide testing was over 55,000. Does that make you happy?

Nope, it wasn't. !8,349 tests were performed nationwide on the 17th.

Tokyo usually tests more than the other Prefectures, if Tokyo carried

out only 2670 tests it is just logical that the other prefectures also carried out lower tests

than Tokyo.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Nation wide testing was over 55,000. Does that make you happy?

Not really. The capacity in Tokyo alone is 65,000 / day.

Why are they stockpiling tests? What are they waiting for?

They've got them (according to Koike), so use them.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

The government is so dumb, what on earth are the drugs are they taking? Testing is pathetic track and trace pathetic. Japan's government has a long way to go before being in anyway credible in any way shape or form.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Cripes, what a low number of tests (re the weekend factor, see my comment yesterday)!

And,

@Derek Grebe of course already "I.D"d the absurdly high positive rate...

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Japanese government just suppressing testing to reduce those "reported" numbers while pretending that there's no covid in Japan. Hospitals beds are already pretty much full, but government have no plans to increase beds, or to provide additional resources to increase supply. In their mind, they have already "beaten" the virus. Testing will be gradually reduced up to the Olympics, you are completely on your own if you catch it in Japan. Next to 0 chance that you can get treatment if you need it.

The way Japan does contract tracing is foolish as well. Instead of trying to find contacts, they actively try to eliminate as many contacts from being defined as "close contact" as possible. You have to prove that you have been within 2 meters for 15 or more minutes without a mask to qualify for a free test. Otherwise, even if you spent days with the person, as long as you cannot prove that you were with the infected without masks for 15+ mins, you cannot qualify as a "close contact" and given the opportunity to test.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

[email protected]  04:33 pm JST

this would suggest that the infection numbers released each day might not be as phoney as we think.

But i dont think of it as phoney at all.

I look at it as best available data.

You might be right. I should probably clarify this as "many people on this forum think."

I'm in two minds about why the testing numbers are low. The obvious reason would be the Olympics, but it's also possible that the government doesn't want to waste free tests on asymptomatic people and only test those with symptoms. I don't think that's necessarily a bad idea, but the J govt has never been one to waste an opportunity to squander enormous amounts of money. The cynic in me says that whoever is supplying the test kits is not an LDP donor, so there's no incentive to reward them.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

There is obviously a very strong correlation between the lack of providing testing and having no capabilities to develop an own vaccine.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

If you want a perfect example of how not to handle a pandemic take a page from Jinc...

6 ( +6 / -0 )

2670 tests? Excuse me?? Sorry, but these numbers don't make sense ... and out of those 1,274 are positive? Only a fool would believe that! Every page I visit has different numbers!! And 5521 positive in total, almost as many as yesterday BS?!

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Another person under 60 died because they could not find a hospital for him/her.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/shutoken-news/20210120/1000059231.html

5 ( +7 / -2 )

@Zoroto

That's tragic. They were refused because they were classified as a 'mild' case. It's the unpredictability of this disease that makes it so scary.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

That's tragic. They were refused because they were classified as a 'mild' case. It's the unpredictability of this disease that makes it so scary.

They were classified as mild, sent home, but then turned serious and at that point they couldn't find a hospital.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Does anyone know what the Government hopes to gain by limiting testing?

Why is 1,300 the apparently desired threshold?

I can't see a persuasive objective outside of a deliberate campaign to avoid panic (that's fair in a way because people panic quickly here) and spread the disease through the whole country. There isn't some idiot 'Expert' still pushing the herd immunity concept is there?

5 ( +5 / -0 )

If the govt really want the olympics as we keep hearing then the logical thing to assume is that they are doing theyre best to contain the infection.

Japan has always been very good at whitewashing reality. However, Japan is not very good at managing reality. Surely the IOC can see what is happening here.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Ridiculously low testing numbers continue only to keep the Olympic flame flickering. Sorry to extinguish your hopes but it ain't gonna happen . Get fair dinkum and test like they do in Oz.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

You can bet that there will be no mention of the number of tests by the mainstream media but something along the lines that the number of positives is reducing but the serious cases are increasing and medical system strained. Gotta make sure the public is getting WYSIWYB (What You See Is What You Believe)

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Back to the Japanese way... to keep the numbers down do limited number of test! 1274 infected from 2670... almost 50%. How Japan gets away with this is bizarre. Imagine if China or The US did limited testing like this, the global community and international leaders would have bashed the administrations and relevant authorities. But it’s Japan so everyone keeps quiet...such a shame! This paints a false picture to many people who become too relaxed / careless and this leads to the virus spreading even further with more deaths which could have all been avoided! Test more to isolate the infected so that the spread can be minimized and eventually eliminated!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

That is heart-breaking. They were denied in light of the fact that they were named a 'gentle' case. It's the unconventionality of this illness that makes it so unnerving.downtown LA

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Terrible level of testing. It's maddening how pathetic the handling of this virus has been. I don't believe the death numbers, either.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Total shut down overdue.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

More than 1400 again today. Shut down. Please.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I'm in two minds about why the testing numbers are low. The obvious reason would be the Olympics, but it's also possible that the government doesn't want to waste free tests on asymptomatic people and only test those with symptoms.

Healthy state of mind, not being closed minded.

Anyway suppressing testing because of the olympics is completely illogical.

The olympics can only happen if they have brought the infections sufficiently under control.

Deliberately lowering number of tests, meaning declining even legitimate requests for tests would actually be encouraging the spread,

If the govt really want the olympics as we keep hearing then the logical thing to assume isbthat they are doing theyre best to contain the infection.

And this "best" also takes the livelihood of people under consideration, not just implementing irrational extreme measures.

No use saving people from infection if theyre gonna die of other things anyway.

And of course, even if they do their best, they may also be failing.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

@Dr. Zoro

ZorotoToday 06:00 pm JST

Nation wide testing was over 55,000. Does that make you happy?

No. Does it make you happy that with a population of 126 million, they tested 55,000?

Actually yes it does. It is warranted and statistically perfect. Or very close to perfect. Why should no symptom populous be tested?

By the way, I love and respect all your posts De. Zoro

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Infected with severe symptoms still going up, probably deaths too

This will happen as symptoms progress in vulnerable people who developed the illness, as these curves follow the infections curve. If the numbers of people with severe symptoms level off and start falling in the next week or two, this would suggest that the infection numbers released each day might not be as phoney as we think.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

this would suggest that the infection numbers released each day might not be as phoney as we think.

But i dont think of it as phoney at all.

I look at it as best available data.

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Nation wide testing was over 55,000. Does that make you happy?

-18 ( +1 / -19 )

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