Extending the SoE is pointless if you're just going to have the same lax recommendations that have failed with the last few iterations, i.e. asking people and businesses nicely not to go out/operate, and have companies continue to get away with not offering telework as an option, leading to people filing into packed train's every day.
And it certainly wont be worthwhile if testing as many people as possible isn't prioritised! Don't the government see that that what they've done in the past and even now isn't working? It's literally insane to keep trying EXACTLY the same methods and thinking they'll achieve a different outcome.
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Joke of a country. If they haven't already, surely now the international community will realise how much of a laughing stock Japan is on how it's handled the pandemic.
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I don't know why so many people want to know the number of tests each day. I gave up being interested in that a long time ago. Whether it is 1,000, 10,000 or 100,000 tested each day makes no difference to me.
I hear what you're saying, but I would be absolutely thrilled to see Tokyo test 100,000 people in a day!
At the virus's peak here in Melbourne, when there were similar case numbers to what Tokyo is supposedly reporting now, the city was doing 40,000-50,000 tests a day! And that's with a population about 1/4 the size.
I was surprised in the beginning about how Japan bungled the coronavirus situation, now I'm just angry.
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How about ramping up testing numbers to those being reached in third-world countries? That might be a good place to start for 'stronger anti-virus steps'.
This country's leaders at all levels are beyond an embarrassment.
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Sadly, I'm beyond making sarcastic statements about how pathetic the daily numbers are (both the testing numbers and the supposed case numbers).
It's clear the government has either given up or never really cared from the start about controlling the spread. It's almost certain at this point that there are multiple variants of the virus in the community (including the Japan strain, which of course has been swept under the rug).
I'm certain the Olympics will go ahead, but it will be the most sterile games in history, and once over Tokyo and Japan will have nothing to show for it. Maybe then and only then will the powers that be think "huh, this really wasn't worth it, was it?"
I'm also sure they'll get back to the Go-To Travel & Eat campaigns to revive the economy once the pandemic's in the rear-view mirror, only to realise that "hey, why did we introduce these economy-boosting measures DURING the pandemic instead of AFTER like anyone with a brain would have done?" Short term pain with an eye for longer term recovery and all that.
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When is the government, at national or prefectural level, going to realise that their 'urging' and 'cautioning' (basically HOPING) against people gathering in large numbers ANYWHERE is simply not working? I mean, I know it's Japan, but does anyone in power here have a spine? (Sadly I already know the answer).
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How on Earth do you go from 340 cases from 1,551 tests, to 335 cases from 9,369 tests?! A DROP of 5 from over 8000 more tests? Has the Japanese public just been conditioned to believe that the virus behaves this way? Because everywhere else on the planet in areas where no strict lockdowns are in place (i.e. Tokyo), everything tells you that when you increase tests by 8000 with a base of 340, those case numbers are, without a doubt, rising.
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