People stand near a public awareness notice for social distancing in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
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Tokyo reports 1,010 new coronavirus cases; record high 712 in Hokkaido

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 1,010 new coronavirus cases, up 41 from Wednesday.

The average for Tokyo over the past seven days stands at 934.

People in their 20s (316 cases), their 30s (196) and their 40s (152) accounted for the highest numbers, while 135 cases were aged 60 and over.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 84, down two from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure rose to 1,214, up 25 from Wednesday.

Hokkaido reported a record high 712 cases, 499 of which were in Sapporo.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases as of 6:30 p.m. was 6,775. After Tokyo, the prefectures with the most cases were Osaka (761), Hokkaido, Aichi (624), Fukuoka (502), Hyogo (361), Kanagawa (337), Saitama (289), Okayama (171), Chiba (171), Hiroshima (165), Kyoto (156), Gifu (127), Okinawa (126), Kumamoto (92), Gunma (91), Oita (76), Nara (69), Ibaraki (68), Ishikawa (56), Fukushima (53), Shiga (52), Tochigi (49), Niigata (49), Yamaguchi (48), Nagasaki (46), Mie (45) and Miyazaki (37).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide was 93.


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But the Japanese news was always saying how well japan is doing.

33 ( +40 / -7 )

JT - it would be great if, in these daily updates, you could include the number of tests conducted to put the case number in perspective so that we don't have to go chasing around for that number. Just a thought...

38 ( +42 / -4 )

And the race is on to the Opening Ceremony.

25 ( +28 / -3 )

Outside Tokyo, other prefectures are reaching all time highs in new cases. Either Tokyo is special, or...

32 ( +36 / -4 )

So numbers like in December last year (according to another news source). Quite an amount again and it's "just" one week since Golden Week.

One week ago it was 591, on 29 April 1.027, 22 April 861 and so on (and please don't tell me these counts are fake!).

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Outside Tokyo, other prefectures are reaching all time highs in new cases. Either Tokyo is special, or...

Tokyo is special. It's holding the Olympics.

31 ( +35 / -4 )

Very brave, the one who dares to come up with numbers over thousand for Tokyo. That can one do nowadays only if having quite a wealth or fortune in the background. lol

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Tokyo, 3 times the population of Hokkaido, only has 300 more cases - yeah right!!!

28 ( +32 / -4 )

Looks at headline

Looks at 5 most popular stories noting nothing will be stopping the Olympics

Yup, everything is fine! No reason to cancel the Olympics here, nope. Just keep on going, maybe get those trains a bit more crowded for good measure.

25 ( +26 / -1 )

This post was recently added so what time of day are the infections recorded? What time of the morning and what time of the evening? Seems they stop counting at around 3:00pm every day. That is not an entire day. Am I right?

5 ( +11 / -6 )

I guess the two standing next to each other in the picture don't seem the grasp what social distancing means.

7 ( +13 / -6 )

How could the JP government get anyone to take precautions when every day the media is always talking about how great Japan is doing, and showering praise to the Japanese government response. Much of the population believe that covid is just a small blip from people entering from overseas and it will disappear from Japan in 1-2 months.

21 ( +21 / -0 )

Hey, remember when the pandemic “ended” last year thanks to “mindou”?

Sure do!

https://www.independent.ie/world-news/coronavirus/the-japan-model-has-beaten-coronavirus-says-pm-abe-but-reason-for-victory-is-unclear-39234003.html

32 ( +33 / -1 )

Yup, everything is fine! No reason to cancel the Olympics here, nope. Just keep on going, maybe get those trains a bit more crowded for good measure.

That reminds me, those cancerous idiots in the govt never apologized for the chaos caused by reducing the trains right after GW, nor did the senile and utterly incompetent PM ever apologize for his recent highly insensitive remarks on the nurses and their holidays. Pack of scumbags rotten to the absolute core.

31 ( +31 / -0 )

It's in the schools too. A friend works in a Junior High, and was only told in passing: 2 kids have Corona. No class closures, no testing nothing. She said the day just went on as normal.

26 ( +27 / -1 )

Personally, I would not be surprised if that number doubles during the Olympics.

Takarajimasha said the situation is similar to Japan near the end of WW2 when the government urged people to fight with sticks and mobilized schoolgirls to train.

I believe that is exactly what they are doing with the Olympics now. Banzai for the Olympics. Suga is our modern day Korechika Anami and Bach is Hitler.

History repeats itself

18 ( +20 / -2 )

"In a characteristically Japanese way, we have all but brought this epidemic under control in the last month and a half. Surely, it shows the power of the Japan model."

Ex-Prime Minister Abe, May 25th, 2020.

39 ( +39 / -0 )

So is the pandemic over yet? I remember Abe and Taro saying very plainly that this was over? So how is this possible that there are 1,010 new cases?

25 ( +26 / -1 )

Seems like 1,000 is the new 500. Steady as she goes.

21 ( +21 / -0 )

"In a characteristically Japanese way, we have all but brought this epidemic under control in the last month and a half. Surely, it shows the power of the Japan model."

Suga in January -- we will bring this under control in 1 month

Suga in April -- short and tough 2 weeks all this needs

21 ( +22 / -1 )

So... this is the power of the Japan Model...

21 ( +21 / -0 )

Test numbers plz!

11 ( +13 / -2 )

Suga in April -- short and tough 2 weeks all this needs

Suga in May - I pledge 1,000,000 vaccines a day.

Suga in June - [Please enter your suggestion]

20 ( +21 / -1 )

Personally, I would not be surprised if that number doubles during the Olympics.

Don't worry, during the Olympics testing will be banned and Japan will be declared covid free.

20 ( +20 / -0 )

I get the feeling the citizens of Tokyo have decided that this virus has been oversold, folk wear masks to avoid social stigma, but other than that it we get on with our lives. 84 people in hospital is not people dropping dead in the streets.

It's a problem of hospital capacity, made worse by poorly designed ventilation and heating systems in hospitals and other public buildings.

-15 ( +4 / -19 )

I get the feeling the citizens of Tokyo have decided that this virus has been oversold, folk wear masks to avoid social stigma

Nah, I get the sense they wear them out of courtesy to others..

I know I do. Maybe it’s something to do with how I was brought up.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

9,572 accoring to https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Hokkaido reported a record high 712 cases, 499 of which were in Sapporo.

Thanks, Olympic marathon test event.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

LovecraftingToday 05:09 pm JST

Suga in April -- short and tough 2 weeks all this needs

Suga in May - I pledge 1,000,000 vaccines a day.

Suga in June - [Shikataganai........]

13 ( +13 / -0 )

1010 is not a coincidence - it is a secret code. It all makes sense when you realize that all the phone numbers of the ToTo toilet company have 1010 in them. This is someone's way of telling us these Tokyo numbers are full of ____.

17 ( +17 / -0 )

Governor of Chiba Prefecture also announced that they will not reserve beds for Olympic participants:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210513/k10013028621000.html

So does that leave "Inept Koike" as the only governor of prefecture in/around Tokyo which still hasn't pledged this?

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Outside Tokyo, other prefectures are reaching all time highs in new cases. Either Tokyo is special, or...

Still believe the numbers?

The arrogance of IOC’s comments lately disclose it all saying public oppinion is irrelevant.

They won’t tell you this directly, but read between the lines (a year of news articles): same is for the japanese public health. They do not care and will never care.

Money first.

I enjoyed the Olympics spirit all my life until seeing how ruthless IOC is and how that “spirit” doesn’t exist anymore. They can go ahead but certainly lost a fan (and millions of others I am sure).

13 ( +13 / -0 )

Personally, I would not be surprised if that number doubles during the Olympics.

With the official numbers being probably 20x higher, just start living with the idea that if you live in Tokyo you either get vaccinated by your embassy soon or you will certainly get the virus at some point.

If the second one happens, wishing you are not a severe case.

Being as realistic as possible...

10 ( +11 / -1 )

I'm surprised, I thought my abstination from a lunchtime beer with my wife over lunch in an empty restaurant during golden week would have thwarted this virus. Perhaps it's time for Japan to get serious and ban conbini beer too as alcohol seems the main culprit.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Michael MachidaToday 04:32 pm JST

This post was recently added so what time of day are the infections recorded? What time of the morning and what time of the evening? Seems they stop counting at around 3:00pm every day. That is not an entire day. Am I right?

Michael: The numbers are from Monday and not today. They always post from four days back.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

...also happening; this was e.g. in the NHK news, and in many Japanese newspapers, but for some reason not really mentioned in the English ones today;

two people in their 20s and one man in his 30s have died of covid last month, in Hyogo and in Kyoto. Two of them had pre-existing conditions (the other one at least was diabetes), but one of them didn't.

One man in his 20's, with no underlying conditions, developed covid symptoms, and was asking for hospital treatment, but was refused. The health centre just monitored his conditions with daily phone calls. On May 5th he didn't answer the phone anymore... and was found dead at his home, when his friend was checking in on him.

Another man, in his 30s had diabetes, and they wouldn't/couldn't arrange a hospital bed for him either- until it was too late. When he was finally admitted to the hospital, he had pneumonia, and died a few days later.

17 ( +17 / -0 )

I think we need to start publishing the daily number of vaccinations. May 12 there were 280k. This week will average about 260-270k. Up until now, no vaccinations were done on weekends, and there was a long break for Golden Week. Let's see what happens next week.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

..also happening; this was e.g. in the NHK news, and in many Japanese newspapers, but for some reason not really mentioned in the English ones today;

Also on NHK. 81 people died in Kobe because of the healthcare system collapse:

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20210513/k10013028711000.html

16 ( +18 / -2 )

How about to hold an international sports event, mix all the variants and create a new, stronger virus to support the people of Tohoku?

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Hunger., er...Olympic” Games!

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Michael MachidaToday  04:32 pm JST

This post was recently added so what time of day are the infections recorded? What time of the morning and what time of the evening? Seems they stop counting at around 3:00pm every day. That is not an entire day. Am I right?

For Tokyo, figures are published everyday at 3.00pm.

For the other prefectures, it can be in the morning but most announce the numbers in the afternoon or evening.

I would suppose that for Tokyo, these are the figures reported between 12.00 pm and 12.00 on this day, or between 10.00 am to 10.00 am , something like that to prepare for analysis and press conferences.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Looks like last Sunday's non-physical distancing protest against the Olympics continues to take its toll on Covid-19 ravaged Tokyo.

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

JT - it would be great if, in these daily updates, you could include the number of tests conducted to put the case number in perspective so that we don't have to go chasing around for that number. Just a thought...

It's certainly strange because this is a JapanToday news story and not a story directly from an agency like Kyodo / Reuters etc.

I don't understand the journalistic decision to not include the number of tests - it seems like a fundamental piece of information required to understand what the data means.

It's also baffling why a decision has been made to only publish the prefectures over a certain threshold of positive tests, and not all prefectures. It seems that threshold is around 30 positive tests. Maybe it's been decided that under 30 isn't worthy of highlighting - but everything is relative. If a prefecture has had zero positive tests for 2 weeks and then tests 29, that seems news worthy to me.

Don't get me wrong, these daily updates are very welcome. However, as they are just stating facts and not actually analyzing the data, it would make sense that all the data is presented, otherwise it's hard to make any sense of what it actually means without also going to a different source.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

And life will go on .

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

And life will go on

Unfortunately not for all

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Numbers still increasing despite the the more regulated SOE. It seems this is a battle Japan is losing badly. The only way to combat this virus is by not giving it hosts to spread to. People have to stay home. The cost of a strict two week lockdown is far less than battling to control the virus for years.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Please impose fines and jail for irresponsible people.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Not sure if it was the Aichi prefecture governor who said it on the news tonight but Aichi is trending towards 1000+ new cases a day from next week.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Doesn't surprise me at all. I knew after GW the numbers would swell. Japan compared itself to other countries, I wonder where do they stand in comparison to those other countries now.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

How many tests were done?

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Less than a 1000 here in Osaka, doing well keeping the numbers down considering almost everyone is carrying on as normal, lol

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

I think we need to start publishing the daily number of vaccinations. May 12 there were 280k. This week will average about 260-270k. Up until now, no vaccinations were done on weekends, and there was a long break for Golden Week. Let's see what happens next week.

1.4 million a week may sound good, but there are 36 million old people needing two shots each. That's a year just for them.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

93 deaths = 11000 actual cases min. No surprise closing in on 2 weeks since Golden week. Tragically more to come.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Outside Tokyo, other prefectures are reaching all time highs in new cases. Either Tokyo is special, or...

affirmative! it's "or" ...

6 ( +6 / -0 )

What is the underlying issue as to why Japan doesn’t want to use the received boxes of vaccines that are just sitting their piling up dust? Even a high school kid could work out a way in a class project to get the job done. Does it have something to do with finding a way out from hosting the Olympics or some other political reason? Dumbfounded.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Ekips, you know, on some fleeting moments (when I have my tin foil hat on) I wonder if that’s just it:

letting the situation get just bad enough, on purpose, so that the IOC pulls out, and J gov thinks they save face and economy that way. (no need to even mention the citiz.. peasants, as nobody seems to care about them anyways)

4 ( +4 / -0 )

....and below the screaming headline about "cases", we read:

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 84, down two from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure rose to 1,214, up 25 from Wednesday.

So all this hyperventilating is about 84, in words eighty four, people in hospitals in a metropolis of 20 million? And that is supposed to be a world-shaking disaster? In what universe?

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

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