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Tokyo reports record high 621 new coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,041

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday reported a record high 621 new cases of the coronavirus, up 26 from Friday. The number is the result of 8,398 tests conducted on Dec 9.

The previous record high for Tokyo was 602 on Dec 10.

The tally brought Tokyo's cumulative total to 46,745.

By age group, the highest number of cases were people in their 20s (181), followed by 119 in their 30s, 89 in their 40s and 80 in their 50s.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 68, up one from Friday, health officials said.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 3,041. It is the first time for the figure to surpass 3,000.

After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (429), Kanagawa (223), Aichi (206), Saitama (199), Hokkaido (189), Hyogo (137), Chiba (121), Hiroshima (104), Fukuoka (86), Kyoto (75), Gifu (55), Okinawa (51) and Iwate (43).

Twenty-one coronavirus-related deaths were reported.


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The more cases confirmed, the more proof of success of the Goto Travel campaign.

23 ( +28 / -5 )

Totally expected. We may see 1,000 by the end of the year.

17 ( +21 / -4 )

Fully agree with both of you.

This won't get any better any sooner.

Now, lets wait for the disapprovals!

12 ( +18 / -6 )

1000 next week

8 ( +15 / -7 )

Tip of the iceberg who really knows the real numbers..going to be a dark horrid winter.

15 ( +21 / -6 )

People In Japan walking around living and enjoying there lives as if this pandemic is not threatening enough for them to stay home. It’s busy every where in Tokyo to Saitama to Chiba to Kanagawa. Tokyo is not immune to this virus.

10 ( +20 / -10 )

We have had 2-3 record high numbers in the past week, but who is Missing in Action? Our fearless leader, Koike. Disgraceful of a leader.

8 ( +19 / -11 )

Half arsed Government response equals Half arsed Community response.

Cafe's full of unmasked patrons. Social distancing all but forgotten. Wedding parties of up to a 100 guests taking place.

Tokyo's response is 'wear a mask when in transit or on your own, but once at your destination...well...you can't catch Covid 19 from friends...right'

18 ( +22 / -4 )

Cafe's full of unmasked patrons. 

Doesn't the cafe display the Rainbow Sticker? If so, there should be no worries, as it is reassured that the place is taking all measures possible to stop the spread of the infections. /s

10 ( +18 / -8 )

Get this city off the go spread it campaign.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Too many people without masks out and about. Too many groups of young office workers waiting outside restaurants ready to enter. Too many selfish people travelling and spreading the virus. Too many fossils in charge making decisions.

5 ( +14 / -9 )

People were not very much frightened and did not pay much attention to influenza despite influenza killed far more people every year. We know folks tend to die of pneumonia after catching a cold or flu. Panic of COVID-19 is a social phenomenon in that context.

-15 ( +4 / -19 )

It will be worse two weeks from now. All the bonenkai parties started last night, and shoppers were all out in full force to spend their bonuses today.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

year end holidays coming up, the government can soon declare victory once testing numbers gets reduced to double digits.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

J gov doesn’t give a toss about it’s people, it’s up to ourselves from here on. They couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery!

5 ( +7 / -2 )

I just watch the news in TV and they said most of the cases are from Kabukicho.

Sometimes I am wondering how they know that.

About year end parties, all my business contact peoples I asked about that said year end parties are canceled.

My company too. Everything Is canceled.

But some of you guys said coffee shops are crowded, people walking around and living their lives as the Virus dont exist.

How do you know that?

You can know that only if you go out by yourself.

Why dont you stay home?

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

7% of those tested for the virus are testing positive. That’s double the rate in New York City. Brace for it.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Feel like we will never get through this. Govt not taking it seriously enough and they don’t seem to eager about the not made in Japan vaccines. Sigh.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

"I want all the world to see how successfully we managed the virus, the Japanese way."

Shinzo Abe, April 2020
19 ( +20 / -1 )

Why dont you stay home?

Aren't you the one always saying we have to live with this and take precautions? All of us becoming monks will destroy mental health.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

its normal. since from the beginning i expected this. we all get infected and the strong one will be the few to remain standing.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

I have one more point:

Currently I read in the news numbers increased because of cold winter season people stay home.

What does that mean?

Stay home is bad??? So people should better go out?

If stay home will increase the infections, but going out too...what should people do?

-9 ( +4 / -13 )

@ Reckless

Please dont missunderstand...I am not complaining that they go out.

I am complaining that they go out and complain about other people to do the same thing: going out.

You can not complain that people go out and you are doing the same thing.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

Here in Hiroshima they closed all public facilities indoors and outdoors, even turned of the Christmas illuminations.

Yet wont pay restaurants a decent amount to close, and go-to continues.

What a complete waste of time.

Looks like it's going to be a depressing winter

6 ( +10 / -4 )

Currently I read in the news numbers increased because of cold winter season people stay home.

What does that mean?

Stay home is bad??? So people should better go out?

No, numbers increase because people get together indoors, that is something completely different.

If people stay at home they don't get exposed to other people that have the infection, exposure comes from going outside and engage in risky activities.

Now, those risky activities are not all the same, buying a coffee and drinking it while walking and talking its much less risky than staying in a crowded cafe with dozens of other people doing the same. Cold weather promotes much riskier activities, those activities are indoors but not at home.

8 ( +12 / -4 )

buying a coffee and drinking it while walking

Drinking and walking is really frowned upon in Japan, so that's something I always tried to avoid. I think that's one reason Japanese love sitting around in cafes and combinis.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

People In Japan walking around living and enjoying there lives as if this pandemic is not threatening enough for them to stay home.

Suga says the experts said there is no evidence that the GOTOs are responsible for the spike.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

How do you know that?

Depending of the situation :

Because people have to go to work.

Because people live near by.

Because people have acquaintance which can meet some of the 2 previous conditions or not keen to stay home.

Because people have Internet. Never heard of live webcam ?

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Suga says the experts said there is no evidence that the GOTOs are responsible for the spike.

He is not lying, there is no evidence, since they don't test or trace. They are actively avoiding the gathering of evidence.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

not only Tokyo, new cases per day is most in whole Japan since this January.

Suga government had continued to disrespect warning from experts inside or outside of government, prioritized economy as same as Trump administration.

and they are increasing infected people to worst level in far east Asia.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

3000+ new cases nationwide today for the first time!

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Well said @Flute

@Monty, I work on Saturday and saw everything I described with my own eyes between 8am and 6pm.

I hope that's enough for you.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

"I want all the world to see how successfully we managed the virus, the Japanese way."

Shinzo Abe, April 2020

Did he really say that? Oh dear. What a nationalist moron. I'm embarrassed.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

It's too bad Japan is a one-party state. No matter how poorly the government manages things, they can't be voted out of office.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Okay Guys...what is the conclusion?

621 cases among a population of 14.000.000 is 0.004%.

Not bad, right?

-20 ( +2 / -22 )

This is just the tip of the iceberg people. Next spring, the government is talking about bringing in tour groups and monitoring them, really? There were 18 people who entered Japan with the COVID in the latest test results, scary.

For those who support the JapanGo because their businesses are suffering, the whole country is suffering and many are loosing their jobs and or see their wages being cut. What is more important peoples' lives and or paper that will be no value to you if you get the COVID and die??? I am a self-employed and single foreign mother, my income has dropped but I refuse to complain go for food at night when it is marked 50 percent down, look for sales and even for Christmas for my son hunt for the best bargains and have stuck to a strict budget for his gifts and still managed to get all the 3 gifts he had asked for in the budget I gave, myself.

This is going to get worse, until the government does more testing and starts the tracing program.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

“Okay Guys...what is the conclusion? 

621 cases among a population of 14.000.000 is 0.004%.

Not bad, right?”

What are you on about? Japan is closing in on 200,000 “reported” cases. Tokyo 50,000. Given Japan’s pathetic testing numbers and high percentage of positive cases, not to mention clinics outright refusing to test people.... yeah It’s bad.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

But some of you guys said coffee shops are crowded, people walking around and living their lives as the Virus dont exist.

How do you know that?

@Monty,

It's a valid question.

The answer is: through observation. I'm lucky in that I ride my bike to work. A quirk of my hours means I pass by major cafe and restaurant areas daily. They are near capacity, windows lined with happy customers chatting and so on with no social distance and no masks.

That is 'How we know that.'

10 ( +10 / -0 )

I see that hospitals are becoming hot spots again. On the news, it said 38 of the 43 cases in Iwate were at a hospital.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

but I refuse to complain go for food at night when it is marked 50 percent down

Clearly your straits are not that dire enough.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

I am fine with under testing, over testing, go-to, not go-to

What is frustrating is the complete divide between local and national government.

We have local governments shutting things down and telling people to stay home for your own safety

While the national government say wear a mask and carry on its not that bad

Either let's accept we are going to see ever increasing numbers in winter and get on with it, or let's get serious about bringing numbers down.

This rate shortened bar business hours and other closures are likely going to continue until spring.

Personally, I am for accepting increasing numbers but if a state of emergency is the quickest way to get back to a reasonably

normal life so be it.

What I am not okay with is locally telling people to stay home and nationally saying go out because it isn't going to work it just drags it out.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

I have one more point:

Currently I read in the news numbers increased because of cold winter season people stay home.

What does that mean?

Stay home is bad??? So people should better go out?

Better state "stay solo", trying away from physically contacting others at least for now. Doesn't necessarily mean that the family or closest neighbors are infected. As healthy suspicion should be made mutually, it is sensible to (pretend to) behave as though you are also a virus-carrier.

According to data, the majority cases in the current surge have occurred at home. People cancel year-end parties (most party venues are closed) but still hold alternatives at home where prevention measures may be lax. Some might dare to claim that an year-end party is "essential"....

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Was out tonight and the bar we ended up at had people crowded at the bar.

The cases are going to be mightily up next week.

The people dying are old, so nobody cares that much ,it seems.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Lovers of vactination here is good article for you

https://m.dw.com/en/when-will-we-have-a-covid-19-vaccine/a-55648707?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

The virus is obviously endemic now, it's never going to be eliminated. Luckily it's not really any more lethal than the flu when you look at the data so all we need to do is protect the sick & elderly while the rest of us get on with it. No need to go into a hysterical meltdown

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

The virus is obviously endemic now

How is that obvious?

Luckily it's not really any more lethal than the flu

Then why do the scientists say it is?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The reality is far worse. Simply not enough testing. Are people afraid of testing positive due murahachibu mentality? The other problem is contact tracing. Does it even exist? This is going to get really really bad. Sorry folks but the Olympics will not happen.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

The other problem is contact tracing. Does it even exist?

You can't contract trace 3000 cases per day. That boat has sailed in August.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

We have Covid clinics in the car parks at major hospitals here where anyone can now rock up to be tested, even if it’s a sniffle and it doesn’t cost a cent. What’s the go in Japan when hospitals refuse to test you?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

no Monty

people are staying inside rather than ouside because of cold weather. It means you stay in cafe instead of going to the park during lunch time. It's not that people stay home. They are more gathering indoor that's what that means.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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