A woman walks by a clothing store in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
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Tokyo reports 1,027 new coronavirus cases; Osaka 1,171

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 1,027 new coronavirus cases, the result of 10,464 tests conducted on April 26. The number is up 102 from Wednesday and is the first time the figure for the capital has surpassed 1,000 since Jan 28.

People in their 20s (282 cases), their 30s (197) and their 40s (172) accounted for the highest numbers, while 127 cases were aged 60 and over. Also, 122 were aged 19 or younger.

The number of infected people hospitalized with severe symptoms in Tokyo is 58, up five from Wednesday, health officials said. The nationwide figure is 951, down two from Wednesday.

Nationwide, the number of reported cases was 5,887. Osaka had the most cases with 1,171, followed by Tokyo, Hyogo (534), Aichi (431), Fukuoka (337), Saitama (256), Kanagawa (255), Hokkaido (234), Chiba (152), Kyoto (136), Okayama (99), Nara (86), Okinawa (76), Gifu (72), Gunma (70), Ibaraki (58), Kumamoto (56), Shizuoka (55), Hiroshima (52), Mie (51), Tokushima (46), Fukushima (44), Oita (41), Shiga (41) and Wakayama (36).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths reported nationwide as of 6:30 p.m. was 68, with 44 of them in Osaka and nine in Tokyo.

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1,027 new coronavirus cases

Looks bad, but don't fret -- by tomorrow the number should be back to the 400-500 range. After all, today is Showa Day, and the virus and the testing are taking a well deserved day off.

Similarly for most of next week -- just in time to lift the SOE, declare victory, and welcome Bach with a warm smile.

39 ( +43 / -4 )

But the circus must go on. Don't worry folks, all will be fine.

Until after the Olympics.

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I remember reading a month or so ago a projection that there would be over 1000/day by May.

Almost right on schedule.

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Yes, the Tokyo numbers are, of course, going up. (Please see my post of April 15.)

Osaka will probably beat Tokyo today, but @Zoroto is right — the numbers will go down due to the holidays, and the warm smile and glorious afterglow will return for a few days.

Hope the holiday gives the populace and the frontline healthcare workers a little respite. To all the good posters here, hope you enjoy a relaxing, safe GW!

17 ( +17 / -0 )

Editor: Story will be updated later with nationwide numbers.

Editor - will these numbers include the number of tests? Because that's a bit of data which has been conspicuous by its absence in recent weeks.

And if not, why not?

Moderator: The number of tests has been included in the story every day, only later than before, between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

19 ( +19 / -0 )

No clinics, pop up clinics, drive through testing or Covid 19 testing available of any kind in my city in Osaka today.

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The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday reported 1,027 new coronavirus cases, up 102 from Wednesday. It was the time the figure for the capital has surpassed 1,000 since Jan 28.

The excel sheet guys are rebelling against Koike.

22 ( +23 / -1 )

Ah yes, golden week, when the crowds everywhere compress like a tin of sardines. This will test the nation for taking prophylactic measures. Will fail of course.

17 ( +18 / -1 )

I am looking forward to the Olympics! How about you all?!

"Tokyo reports 1,027 new coronavirus cases"

13 ( +17 / -4 )

It is good that they are storing up vaccines and keeping them safe in boxes just in case things get out of hand.

30 ( +31 / -1 )

Here is a rant: Had to come to kyoto today from Tokyo. Didn't want to, but no choice, due to license renewal. Japan being Japan, can only renew in city you are registered in. Tomorrow will kind up with hundreds of others at the licence testing centre. Not looking forward to it at all.

Why can't licences be renewed online (I'd even do if via fax), especially in this pandemic?

This is another trains on why numbers keep on increasing: Making people crisscross the country to do things that in any other "advanced" country can be done online. Then they say, stay home! How does that work????

21 ( +24 / -3 )

Good thing I'm headed south, away from Tokyo for GW! Oops, wait a minute...

6 ( +7 / -1 )

SOE declared and numbers go up.......

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Looking great compared to the rest of the world.

-29 ( +2 / -31 )

Things are looking up...well the number of reported cases that is..as for the Olympics..

canceltheolympics
11 ( +11 / -0 )

Don't worry everyone;

Koike is going to turn the lights off early and tuck you all in.

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Osaka: 44 dead today.

This is a surefire sign of the hospital system's collapse because of a lack of ICU nurses and doctors.

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spinningplates:

Koike is going to turn the lights off early and tuck you all in.

I had to re-read the last part you wrote. I misread it at first, but I thought it was correct first time round.

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Do not worry, just like after the 7th if January when the 2nd State of Emergency was declared, the very next day the cases started dropping sharply and after a month the number of cases was down 90%.

The only measure back then: restaurants urged to close by 8PM. Life was as normal as before as we all know.

Same will happen again, miraculously, just in time to state that the Olympics will be held in a safe environment for everyone.

Regarding proactive measures as increased testing, contact tracing, encouraging companies to remote work and getting more hospitals ready for Covid patients: will not happen once again.

Foreign countries: be the ones who listen and respect what japanese citizens want and do not send your athletes to this banana republic with wonderful people but with a disastrous government.

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Why can't licences be renewed online (I'd even do if via fax), especially in this pandemic?

Cause Japan is..hmm...dunno...argh..unique?

Making people crisscross the country to do things that in any other "advanced" country can be done online.

Nah, but seriously, agree 100% ...it's just absolutely pathetic.

Then they say, stay home! How does that work????

It doesn't, but if we,re lucky maybe Suga will start considering setting up a panel and holding some meetings about it " as early as" 6-12 months let's say?

Anyway back to today's numbers, with a spring in my step and smile I salute the inevitably upcoming decrease in numbers, under the leadership of Captain Combover Japan will soon be doing better than some other countries.

14 ( +14 / -0 )

Save lives by being responsible to yourself and others. Please stay safe.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

Wait another week or two. . . Cases will look quite different again. Increases to be expected!

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Good time NOT to live in big cities!

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Perfect, another high number tomorrow and we will be all set for the GW drop. Low testing will ensure we have an illusion of a full virus retreat before lifting the SOE. Though the smile on the face will probably not last long.

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Derek GrebeToday  04:28 pm JST

Editor: Story will be updated later with nationwide numbers.

Editor - will these numbers include the number of tests? Because that's a bit of data which has been conspicuous by its absence in recent weeks.

And if not, why not?

Moderator: The number of tests has been included in the story every day, only later than before, between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Dear Moderator, can you please let us know... Why is the number of tests released after the number of positives??

If today's results are in fact from tests conducted 2 or 3 days ago, then the number of tests conducted would be known before the number that return positive.

19 ( +19 / -0 )

I think we are being trolled by Bvd. Will ask the spouse about the posted comments.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

Test numbers are found in the link published in the article (have mentioned previous posts) But its a bit hidden. Anyway, tests from which todays results are taken (conducted on April 26th) - 12,533.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Like others I expect the numbers to go down very soon. Best comment - Reckless - ‘keeping them safe in boxes just in case things get out of hand’

6 ( +6 / -0 )

An edit button would be good.

To clarify - results published today are taken from tests conducted 3 days prior. The testing capacity for Tokyo is 97,000. Incredibly no media yet brings any attention to this. Ironically see a headline today about unused vaccines though.

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ToraToday  04:51 pm JST

Here is a rant: Had to come to kyoto today from Tokyo. Didn't want to, but no choice, due to license renewal.

Hi Tora, They give you a 2 month window to renew your license so you could pick a lighter day and time when fewer people are about. Unless you left it to the last second?

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Trains were super crowded in Tokyo last night and today as well...people still in business suits going to the office was a head scratcher as today is a national holiday!

14 ( +14 / -0 )

No way! After everyone has been trying so hard. I cant believe it.

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Objective

Hi Tora, They give you a 2 month window to renew your license so you could pick a lighter day and time when fewer people are about. Unless you left it to the last second?

I hear you. Working in kanto and only time off is during GW holidays. Still think should be able to do this kind of thing online though. It's not 1995 anymore and we in midst of a so called pandemic. But yeah did leave it s little late too.....

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Back on topic please.

Surprise surprise surprise!!!! Not at all llthe numbers are on the rise! Wearing is caring!!!

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Send a few vials to my local veterinarian. I’ll be happy to get my shot there when I take my dogs in for their yearly shot.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Japan..Japanese Government and the controls are a joke...in hotel after arriving today..I have had 6 test from 11th of April to the 29th of April..all negative..I live and work in Japan..sent me to hotel in Yokohama...crappy cold box food..cant order food in I less dry food..and just day 1 of hotel stay...as just returned from UK trip..When are the reporters in Japan going to attack the stupidity of the processes in Japan...that's right they want to hold their Olympic games..Joke Japan...So when are the reporters in Japan going to report the issues of their Government and crazy approaches? ?????When?

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I was wrong in my prediction. I said it would be the middle of the week Tokyo surpasses 1000, but it's Thursday. My bad.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Games are still on though, its all a big joke, nothing serious or nothing to be concerned about koike has it all under control , stay home, dont drink, dont enjoy your holiday, stay in fornt of the tv swallowing the propaganda you will be fine, the rona wont come for ya. But make sure ya get ya ass off on the train to work come next week.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

What SOE? Tomorrow I will be back in the classroom teaching coughing and sneezing children. And I will have to travel on crowded public transport to get there. Does Corona virus not affect children and teachers? Does this pathetic useless government actually think I am going to then seal myself into my home during my free time? The government clearly doesn't think I need to be protected in my work time! So, bring on Golden Week which is only three days for me. I will be out and about socializing because clearly if I am safe in a classroom with poor ventilation I am absolutely safe everywhere else.

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@Paul14,

Your frustrated post is a perfect illustration of the Governments failure.

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Kyakusenbi_Arimasu, rest of the world is actually testing it's people than just a handful of people in Japan to keep the numbers low.

Japan ranks in the lower part of the countries for it's response to COVID-19.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

LA County in California, which has roughly the same population of Tokyo, tests an average of 66,000 people per day. Why is Tokyo only testing 12,000 people every day?

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btb

"Why is Tokyo only testing 12,000 people every day?"

It isn't. Yesterday fewer than 8,000 tests were carried out in a conurbation of 30M people.

https://stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/en/

This is criminal negligence.

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