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Tokyo reports 1,433 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,871

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday reported 1,433 new cases of the coronavirus, up 463 from Tuesday. The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 78,566.

The number is the result of 2,684 tests conducted on Jan 10.

By age group, the most number of cases were people in their 20s (394), followed by 275 in their 30s, 202 in their 40s, 198 in their 50s, 101 in their 60s and 70 in their 70s. Also, 120 cases were younger than 20 (25 younger than 10), health officials said.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 141, down three from Tuesday, health officials said. The total for Japan was 900 as of 6:30 p.m.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 5,871. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (767), Osaka (536), Chiba (422), Saitama (392), Aichi (319), Hyogo (285), Fukuoka (252), Kyoto (145), Hokkaido (109), Shizuoka (92), Ibaraki (77), Gifu (75), Kumamoto (72), Okinawa (66), Hiroshima (60), Gunma (58) and Miyagi (52).

Ninety-seven coronavirus-related deaths were reported.

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50% positive! Holy smokes!!!

18 ( +26 / -8 )

I was going to say, this is the first like-for-like decrease in cases for a very long time.

But then I read the number of tests decreased by even more...

So there is that.

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Yes 50% Holy smokers! +SOE seems that is not helping to reduce the count of positives.

16 ( +20 / -4 )

Damn....1433 positivies out of 2864 tests..and that's from a low testing 3 day weekend Sunday. We can all imagine what it will be like when the 3 day lag results come in on Friday and Saturday.

10 ( +17 / -7 )

Well, I tried to be positive the last few days - for sake of balance - being basically a worried poster - but this is UNDENIABLY BAD NEWS

1 The ratio of positive tests.

2 The fact that this is weekend testing data, when numbers are lower (fewer tests).

3 The PAUCITY of testing (this is different from above points). There is a new strain (actually, regardless of that), this figure - by global standards - is astoundingly pathetic.

12 ( +18 / -6 )

take a breath all you doomsayers

nothing is gonna decrease the numbers (or %) except the vaccine & time

-16 ( +10 / -26 )

Aren't the masks working?!!!

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

Here in Osaka, fewer people than usual were wearing masks this morning, and on my short walk to the station I encountered three older dudes who looked comfortable in taking off their masks, coughing with great vigor, and then expectorating on the sidewalk. My warm smile has lost its motivation...

18 ( +20 / -2 )

Last Wednesday:

https://rikiweb.com/category/national/Tokyo-reports-record-high-1-591-new-coronavirus-cases-nationwide-tally-6-001

1591 for 4477 tests 36%

Today

1433 for 2684 tests 50%

6 ( +13 / -7 )

@Reckless

So far my mask is working...

Hopefully until I get vaccinated!

1 ( +9 / -8 )

It is shameful that during the worst phase of this crisis, one of the richest and most developed cities in the world is struggling to conduct even 10,000 daily tests consistently. This lethargic approach towards crisis management is baffling... What's the end game here?

16 ( +20 / -4 )

50% positive rate is way too high.

Waiting for the results from other prefectures.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

I agree with the above posters. 2,684 tests in a population this size is simply unforgivable.

That Olympic grift must be pretty sweet stuff to merit keeping the figures this artificially low.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

Testing regime HIGHLY unlikely to change - don't waste any more keyboard time complaining. If you don't like it, Haneda and Narita are not that far away. Quick cheap lateral flow tests available (for example) outside Shibuya Station. Spit in a cup - same day results. Not included in these silly numbers from Tokyo-To. I know many who are + now. None of had an ófficial test that would be included in these numbers. Stay safe, Stay masked.

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

That is a suspiciously low number of tests. Could this be Suga's strategy to get cases under 500? Does he think we're all stupid?

9 ( +13 / -4 )

@ theResident

Nice advice, not the greatest test, the Lateral Flow, but my result from it matched my PCR.

And...they ve been plenty of people down there on Dogenzaka in Shibuya spitting in a cup for a few years now...

1 ( +4 / -3 )

2,684 tests during a brutal new cases % increase week-on-week.

53% positives is beyond ridiculous, when the average around the world is 4%.

No wonder people are living their normal lives.

The average joe does not check how many tests are done daily here, or anywhere in the world.

Ignorance is bliss.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

@tottemhaminremnants: No - Not the most accurate, But I'd rather pop down there quickly on day 1 of feeling ill, than wait for 3-4 days not actually knowing and having to complete god knows how much paperwork to actually find out.

Btw - that did make me laugh.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

That is a suspiciously low number of tests. Could this be Suga's strategy to get cases under 500? Does he think we're all stupid?

The Japan media never reports the number of tests that I could see.

So that's all where you get your news from, than you would never know about the shameful situation.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

People are complaining about the low number of tests but there aren't bodies in the street, are there? The number of serious cases even went down...

Let's hope the strategy keeps the economy afloat as well as people out of the hospital

-16 ( +5 / -21 )

@theResident. Yep, correct, took a free Lateral Flow test with my parents in NW England early on the day of arrival in the U.K, free and no fuss, so soon we knew our "bubble" (UK government word, not mine, folks) was negative. Same day did the PCR test (GBP150) to back that up and get me back on the plane to my little home and (Zoom) job in Tokyo.

Folks, if the test is cheap and available in Tokyo - get it! (But do not risk catching the 'rona in the line/queue!)

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

People are complaining about the low number of tests but there aren't bodies in the street, are there? The number of serious cases even went down...

This is not a Hollywood movie. There are many shades between "bodies on the street" and the "hospitals overwhelmed", e.g. people dying in their homes.

2 ( +10 / -8 )

Many hundreds probably died from Covid-19 at home not going to hospitals.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Many hundreds probably died from Covid-19 at home not going to hospitals.

Here's a relevant article. I'd say the health care system is already collapsed in Tokyo

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/13/national/6000-coronavirus-patients-tokyo-no-place-stay/

-2 ( +8 / -10 )

so that would be around 4329 if they tested 10,000

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

e.g. people dying in their homes.

But what do you mean? People are not just suddenly collapsing at home without nobody noticing it. And do you have any data to back up that claim? I mean please, come on.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

If we are in a SoE then how on earth can they justify only testing 2,684?

I know it was a Sunday, but emergencies don't operate by the calendar.

I see some people trying to pass off the high positive rate by saying 'it's because they only test people showing symptoms'. Well, how many people with symptoms didn't go to a hospital on Sunday BECAUSE they thought they won't get tested on a Sunday? How many people with symptoms couldn't get tested because their symptoms weren't enough to qualify for a test?

I'll say this until I'm blue in the face - the only way to truly know the extent of the virus and how it is spreading is to test shed loads of people. Not just people whose symptoms meet a strict threshold decided arbitrarily.

If you have absolutely no idea how many people are infected, then you can't make effective plans to stop it spreading, and it'll just spread more and more.

That's not to say that huge numbers will die. But some will. And because it was allowed to spread, some people will die who should never have caught it.

1 ( +7 / -6 )

But what do you mean? People are not just suddenly collapsing at home without nobody noticing it.

Yes, that's literally what's happening. There have been 2-3 cases exactly that reported in the last weeks. Won't bother to do the search for you.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Over a 50% hit rate!

Tokyo is a hotbed for infections then..,

0 ( +5 / -5 )

ZorotoToday  05:17 pm JST

People are complaining about the low number of tests but there aren't bodies in the street, are there? The number of serious cases even went down...

This is not a Hollywood movie. There are many shades between "bodies on the street" and the "hospitals overwhelmed", e.g. people dying in their homes.

Where's your evidence for claiming that people are dying of Covid-19 in their homes? And remember there's a difference between dying with Covid-19 and dying of it.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

Yes, that's literally what's happening. There have been 2-3 cases exactly that reported in the last weeks. Won't bother to do the search for you.

2-3 cases at a given point of time are statistically irrelevant. Please provide a link to a long term survey which estimates the number of people dead at home and not counted for in the national statistics for the people who have died from covid in Japan.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

No, I'd like to see these stats please Zoroto - I can't find them.

I consider myself internet literate.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Yes, that's literally what's happening. 

By the way, people dying at home and often alone in Japan (Kodokushi) is not something new or specific to COVID-19. This phenomenon has been a major issue in Japan for several years already before COVID-19 ever exited. So again unless you can provide data that show in the long term a real increase of such people because of COVID-19, you can't really do here an arbitrary link to something which already existed anyway.

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2122231/thousands-people-are-dying-home-alone-japan-rotting-weeks-theyre

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Zoroto's linked article only says that 6,000 coronavirus patients had nowhere to stay, but nothing else. I hazard a guess that they weren't serious cases, and that serious cases were hospitalised. But you wouldn't know earth way from that article.

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HBJToday  05:35 pm JST

If we are in a SoE then how on earth can they justify only testing 2,684?

I know it was a Sunday, but emergencies don't operate by the calendar.

I see some people trying to pass off the high positive rate by saying 'it's because they only test people showing symptoms'. Well, how many people with symptoms didn't go to a hospital on Sunday BECAUSE they thought they won't get tested on a Sunday? How many people with symptoms couldn't get tested because their symptoms weren't enough to qualify for a test?

I'll say this until I'm blue in the face - the only way to truly know the extent of the virus and how it is spreading is to test shed loads of people. Not just people whose symptoms meet a strict threshold decided arbitrarily.

If you have absolutely no idea how many people are infected, then you can't make effective plans to stop it spreading, and it'll just spread more and more.

That's not to say that huge numbers will die. But some will. And because it was allowed to spread, some people will die who should never have caught it.

I agree. But another very compelling reason to test a large amount of people is to know whether any measures designed to reduce or limit the spread is actually working... Nobody wants the SoE to go on for longer than it has to, but without proof in data, the leaders can do whatever the want without being held responsible. Their dreams of Olympic gold are still alive and well it seems....

6 ( +7 / -1 )

There is a possibility that they are fabicrating the number to show an high increase to make us worried so we do stay home, Just saying. The number is disturbing to the eyes. I guess this strain is highly contagious and more deadlier than the last one??

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

If Japan would make a real mass-testing WITHOUT having the symptoms, the numbers would reach 10x more at least...

Since the very beginning, no real testing (sorry to say it like that). They just want to show how low the numbers are in Japan.

Here? Money, economy, Olympics (which 80% of the citizens don’t want), before health...

4 ( +8 / -4 )

While waiting for my Amazon food delivery, thought I'd drop in.

Good to see the s.o.e is working

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Low tests for one of the most populated countries in the world.

These numbers can’t be trusted.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Well ... yesterday i assumed the test-numbers would be lower but this? 2684 tests in Tokyo during an SOE?? I am sorry but for one of the richest countries in the world this is pathetic and everyone involved in this "saving face" taktic, the cover up should be ashamed.

Hey Suga! For most of Japan this is not about money! 80% of Japan give a flying f... about your Olympics! You and your cronies have blood on your hands and i hope the people are smart enough to trow you out as soon as possible! Instead of tackling the virus with honesty, taking all necessary measures for the wellbeing of all your citizens, you have done the opposite and chosen the dishonest "save face" tactic ... rant over, sorry.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

1433 cases of 2684 tests?? That's more than 50% positivity! This is going to devastate GanbareNippon, who only yesterday said the 980 new cases (didn't say out of how many tests) was a testament on how Japan is leading the world in beating coronavirus.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

quite a high death toll

should be near-three digit figures from Friday on (three days' reporting lag)...

0 ( +2 / -2 )

So that's data/results from 3 days ago which means Sunday. Then tomorrow will show Monday's results (Monday being a holiday so it will be a relatively low number). And then we'll get yesterday's numbers on Friday and that will be a new record no doubt. Would be nice to get the info a bit quicker.....

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Wow shock...50% of tests were positive....

Can you guys not understand that Japan IS NOT mass testing? The reason being is that is doesn’t work. All the test does is show your status at the time of the test. Not the day after, not the week after. Unless you are going to test EVERYBODY at very regular short intervals it is POINTLESS. Its simply impossible.

That is why they are testing those with symptoms and those in known contact.

They were probably only testing those with more severe symptoms on the three day holiday hence the high proportion. Expect tomorrow’s cases to be 1,500+ and Friday a new record!

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

@Mr. Kipling: Thank you for the support. I bring this up all the time.

Waste of time and money to test massive amounts of people.

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

 +SOE seems that is not helping to reduce the count of positives

Way too soon to judge impact of SOE. There's around 2 week delay between getting infected and showing us as a statistic. Average 5-6 day incubation period before symptoms show. Another 3-4 days for symptoms to be bad enough for a test to be given. Another couple of days before results are reported.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

A lot of positive cases from the tests. Although most of the people getting tested are suspected cases already. So in the general population it doesn’t appear to be that high.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

Total complete shut down needed .

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Could you give us a little taste of your plan, how you would implement this and what it would involve please? @TARA TAN KITAOKA

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Seven day moving average is a better indicator. The tests dates and numbers often don't match.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Could you give us a little taste of your plan, how you would implement this and what it would involve please? @TARA TAN KITAOKA

and also how you would subsidise the businesses & financially support people who are now without any income.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Why the true numbers aren't reportedly here? No way are those numbers anywhere near correct

0 ( +1 / -1 )

The number of serious cases even went down...

Umm..do you realize, what this actually means??

"Ninety-seven coronavirus-related deaths were reported."

Now please try to figure out the connection...

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Fuzzy: "Way too soon to judge impact of SOE."

Not really, since the SOE does absolutely nothing that wasn't in place (or not in place) before it. Asked a co-worker what the SOE had changed, and she couldn't think of a thing. Not one. We got to small talk and I asked her what she's doing this weekend, she said, "Mostly staying home, and avoiding unnecessary travel, but I AM going to see Takarazuka, and going to have lunch with friends in Umeda after."

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Are there any viable treatments for covid to minimize death and severe symptoms if any? To me it sounds like they ran out of treatment ideas and impossible to get any sort of treatment and dependency is on the vaccine.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

@Zoroto

If you need some link about hospital situation and death at home thought not exact number in between home and elsewhere including accommodation facilities.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/backstories/1459/

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RecklessJan. 13  04:07 pm JST

50% positive! Holy smokes!!!

Which again suggests that the testing being done in Japan is to confirm a diagnosis, rather than mass screening see how far the virus has spread.

In short, with Japan's gaman attitudes, it is conceievable that very few of those exhibiting symptoms are even going for a test.

The government/nor anyone in a position of authority has any idea how far this has spread. No one wants to be in the position of Ireland the US or the UK and be reporting accurate figures. The numbers would be too frightening for a public already disillusioned with the Governments handling of the crisis.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Ninety-seven coronavirus-related deaths were reported

Way too high, probably highest by a large margin since the previous day. would indicatethathospitals are probably already overwhelmed

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

OxycodinToday  12:57 am JST

Are there any viable treatments for covid to minimize death and severe symptoms if any? To me it sounds like they ran out of treatment ideas and impossible to get any sort of treatment and dependency is on the vaccine.

Yes, steroids can help in the later stages. But there has been a concerted disinformation and defamation campaign against certain other early treatments and preventive medicines because they don't serve the financial and power interests of certain individuals, governments and corporations. So people are getting sick and dying for no good reason.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Yes, steroids can help in the later stages. But there has been a concerted disinformation and defamation campaign against certain other early treatments and preventive medicines because they don't serve the financial and power interests of certain individuals, governments and corporations. So people are getting sick and dying for no good reason.

A dastardly conspiracy theory. Who’s behind this?

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Are the Olympics really worth this???

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Yes, steroids can help in the later stages. But there has been a concerted disinformation and defamation campaign against certain other early treatments and preventive medicines because they don't serve the financial and power interests of certain individuals, governments and corporations. So people are getting sick and dying for no good reason.

That is false, and evidently irrational, if there was a hidden conspiracy to hide effective treatments it would be useless without including all other super-cheap options for treatment as well, pharma is supposed to do it for profit, so every other drug that do exactly what you describe would also be hidden by the supposed campaign that have infinite amounts of money to bribe every hospital, research institute, professional association, media company in the whole world (and bribe every person with huge amount of money, after all they are supposed to let their family and friends die without a good treatment because of that money).

In reality, some drugs were pushed as useful with faulty evidence, science corrected itself with better studies that demonstrated that those drugs were useless and some people simply cannot accept it because of lack of understanding, so for them it has to be the conspiracy impossible to prove.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Under the Hyogo SOE we were advised over the city speaker system, to remain at home, except for shopping, work, medical and exercise. I think the kids are still going to schools? The roads are wide and open, plenty of clean air from the sea.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Its great that we have so many experts on here who know so much more that the public health professionals. The government should obviously fire them all and spend the money saved on mass testing of people without symptoms or any contact with covid carriers on a daily basis.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Jimizo, given all these failing lockdowns, police and government overreach, and media demonisation of recognised experts in virology and immunology and other medical fields who speak out against the current government and WHO narratives, does none of it raise your curiosity that what you're being told isn't all above board? Have you never thought, "hey, something's a bit off here? Maybe I should look at sources I've previously disagreed with to see if they have something of value or another perspective?" Or do you just dismiss them offhand?

I'm genuinely interested.

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virusrexToday  12:34 pm JST

Yes, steroids can help in the later stages. But there has been a concerted disinformation and defamation campaign against certain other early treatments and preventive medicines because they don't serve the financial and power interests of certain individuals, governments and corporations. So people are getting sick and dying for no good reason.

That is false, and evidently irrational, if there was a hidden conspiracy to hide effective treatments it would be useless without including all other super-cheap options for treatment as well, pharma is supposed to do it for profit, so every other drug that do exactly what you describe would also be hidden by the supposed campaign that have infinite amounts of money to bribe every hospital, research institute, professional association, media company in the whole world (and bribe every person with huge amount of money, after all they are supposed to let their family and friends die without a good treatment because of that money).

In reality, some drugs were pushed as useful with faulty evidence, science corrected itself with better studies that demonstrated that those drugs were useless and some people simply cannot accept it because of lack of understanding, so for them it has to be the conspiracy impossible to prove.

There's no "hidden conspiracy." You just dismiss out of hand anything that doesn't fit your message as a conspiracy theory. There are plenty of studies into using HCQ with zinc to combat or prevent COVID-19, but the media and the like have only focused on the ones that didn't use zinc supplementation, because it is the combination of these two that shows positive effects. HCQ alone does very little to nothing.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987720306435

https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/10/4/696/5476413

https://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/article?id=10.1371/journal.ppat.1001176

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0109180

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0924857920300996?via%3Dihub

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32150618/

https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/jmm/10.1099/jmm.0.001250?crawler=true

https://c19study.com

This is just a small selection. If you're the expert you like to present yourself as, go ahead and blow these out of the water, with a detailed explanation for each one.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

As science is a constantly evolving discipline it can be seen that theories and practices change and are replaced over time.

Immediately intimating that posters’ are writing ‘nonsense’ or being ‘conspiratorial’ just shows an innate ability to think outside the box.

Not so long ago virusrex was stating that viral side effects were not an issue-hundreds of people are now dead!

People have received these new vaccines, died and nobody (least of all virusrex) knows why...

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

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