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Tokyo reports 1,471 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 5,652

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 1,471 new cases of the coronavirus, up 197 from Wednesday, with the total for January reaching 30,482. The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 90,659.

The number (785 men and 686 women) is the result of 14,870 tests conducted on Jan 18.

By age group, the most number of cases were people in their 20s (300), followed by 241 in their 30s, 222 in their 50s, 196 in their 40s, 173 in their 60s, 92 in their 70s and 83 in their 80s. Also, 126 cases were younger than 20 (53 of whom were younger than 10), health officials said.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 159, down one from Wednesday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 5,652. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Kanagawa (731), Osaka (501), Chiba (480), Saitama (436), Fukuoka (285), Aichi (270), Hyogo (237), Kyoto (140), Hokkaido (130), Ibaraki (83), Okinawa (68), Gunma (65), Shizuoka (60), Gifu (57), Miyagi (51),

Ninety-four coronavirus-related deaths were reported nationwide.

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Excellent. Long live the Olympics

-24 ( +6 / -30 )

this is shocking, give me a second, thanks

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

"The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 159, down one from Wednesday, health officials said."

A small but welcome bit of good news.

-9 ( +5 / -14 )

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 159, down one from Wednesday, health officials said."

A small but welcome bit of good news.

That would depend on whether that 1 person died or recovered. Unfortunately that isn’t stated.

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Very large number 60 years or older. Where do these people get infected? Especially the 80+ years olds. This is why you need to increase the ridiculously low testing, so that their possibly asymptomatic contacts could be kept away.

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@zoronto

Very large number 60 years or older. Where do these people get infected? Especially the 80+ years olds. This is why you need to increase the ridiculously low testing, so that their possibly asymptomatic contacts could be kept away

To be honest, the people I see walking around mostly without masks tend to be senior men.

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@zoronto

Very large number 60 years or older. Where do these people get infected? Especially the 80+ years olds. This is why you need to increase the ridiculously low testing, so that their possibly asymptomatic contacts could be kept away

This is why you need to increase testing? Where the heck does that come from Dr.?

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

To be honest, the people I see walking around mostly without masks tend to be senior men.

While this can be true, not wearing mask does not increase the risk of getting the disease, but to spread it only.

Regarding masks, younger generations tend to wear these only below nose or even just covering half mouth. No wonder numbers are higher amongst younger, and dumber individuals.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

From yesterday:

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.

Today:

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 1,471 new cases of the coronavirus, up 197 from Wednesday, with the total for January reaching 30,482. ...The number (785 men and 686 women) is the result of 14,870 tests conducted on Jan 18.

So an extra 12,200 tests in Tokyo, with 197 new cases.

Looking at the graphs here, https://toyokeizai.net/sp/visual/tko/covid19/en.html, looks like cases are beginning to level off and we should see a downturn in the next few days.

Something interesting to note is from the graphs for Hokkaido in the linked page. Back in early November the case numbers were rising, even though most people are supposedly wearing masks. The rise came with the onset of winter when respiratory viruses tend to enter the fray, and resulting deaths peaked mid-December, and since the beginning of this year have been average 4-6 per day. Hokkaido numbers naturally declined without any SoE, and while there has been a small uptick in positive test results, it's levelling off again.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Well done Suga-san! Numbers dropping like a rock!

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

Not to shabby. Curve is flattening, which is good news. 3 more weeks before we get the vaccine...

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Doing fantastic on testing those with symptoms and not wasting time and money testing those not needing it.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

The curve is not flattening, the trend is upwards.

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People should realise that one reason the number hospitalised with severe symptoms reduces is because a number of such patients die every day! If the number of such patients stays the same that means the number of new such patients has just replaced the those dying or recovered. japan was reporting around 50 a day but recently this number has increased to closer to 100 and that is every day. Surely most of those were in hospital with severe symptoms (plus a few who are at home waiting to be admitted but dont even get that far in time)

The question is how high will that number go and how accepting the government is of it. The change from below 50 to around 50 to approaching 100 since December has not seemed to phase anyone

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There is also a lot of private testing going on which is not reflected in these numbers.

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anon99999

I’m watching that too and it scares the hell out of me.

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Very large number 60 years or older. Where do these people get infected?

These people may also be more likely to go get tested, as they'd be worried about serious complications.

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Japan was reporting around 50 a day but recently this number has increased to closer to 100 and that is every day. Surely most of those were in hospital with severe symptoms (plus a few who are at home waiting to be admitted but dont even get that far in time)

That is true but the critical cases/deaths are also delayed a couple weeks. Hopefully the deaths will go back down now that the new year's spike has seemed to pass.

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