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COVID-19 Coronavirus: situation in Japan

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I'm not convinced about the heat-humidity being a major factor preventing the spread. We're in the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere in terms of UV, it being close to June 21, yet there are plenty of hot countries such as India where the virus is spreading rapidly. For once, I'm in agreement with Shinzo Abe on this!
I didn't say it was a major factor, I said I think it's a significant factor. :p
It all comes down to the R0 value and everything that feeds into it.
 

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It seems that Tokyo is etching closer to a new alert.

The three criteria that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government had established for activating or deactivating a Tokyo Alert were whether in the most recent week, on average, newly infected people numbered fewer than 20 per day; the percentage of newly infected people whose route of infection could not be determined was lower than 50%, and the ratio by which infected people increased in a week was less than 1.
As of June 25, Tokyo's novel coronavirus situation is as follows:
  • 38.9 newly infected people per day (24th: 55, 25th: 48, 26th: 54)
  • 43.4% of newly infected people without clear infection routes
  • infection ratio of 1.19

I'm supposed to start commuting to a Tokyo client in July and I am very reluctant to do so.

Meanwhile, the international business community is putting pressure on Japan to ease travel curbs on foreign residents. International business organisations call the restrictions discriminatory.

"European businesspeople based in Japan cannot travel to Europe to meet their customers," for example, said Mroczek. Japanese nationals, on the other hand, are eligible to return to Japan even after a business trip abroad. He rejected arguments that the measure to ban re-entry of foreign nationals was to contain the virus's spread. "Japanese citizens can [also] bring [the] virus to Japan. This doesn't appear to make sense to European businesses here," Mroczek said. Other foreign business groups are voicing similar criticism. "The prohibition currently in place on the entry into Japan of foreign nationals who have a permanent abode, family and work base in Japan is detrimental to Japan's long-term interests," the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan said in a statement issued on June 4.
 

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The latest virus hotspots in the US are southern/warm states--Florida, Texas, Arizona, SoCal. Right behind are the carolinas, Georgia, and so on. They're being hammered.

I think that puts to rest the idea that covid-19 will kind of disappear in the summer weather.
 

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One thing is for sure and I mentioned it before, if the people start drinking again at night in the clubs and go to their offices , well in about 2 weeks then we'll start seeing some heavy number increases.
Thing is, I wonder how they come up with these new numbers ? Does one go to the hospital due to a fever?
 

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Thing is, I wonder how they come up with these new numbers ? Does one go to the hospital due to a fever?
Last week, they conducted group tests on host club employees in Shinjuku, this week it was a "temp staff" agency and more "entertainers". I assume that as soon as one or two people report sick and show symptoms, they raise a cluster alarm.
 

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Last week, they conducted group tests on host club employees in Shinjuku, this week it was a "temp staff" agency and more "entertainers". I assume that as soon as one or two people report sick and show symptoms, they raise a cluster alarm.
OK, thanks.

Do you have "Hello Works" there? I'm under the impression it is ran by the govt. here.
 

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Meanwhile, the international business community is putting pressure on Japan to ease travel curbs on foreign residents. International business organisations call the restrictions discriminatory.

It is discriminatory and one of those unfortunate times that Japan has behaved in a way that doesn't really benefit the country but hammers its international reputation, such as intransigence on whaling, visits by politicians to Yasukuni shrine, and the reluctance to sign and enforce the Hague treaty.
 

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Fifty-seven new infections today. Mainichi had more details:

  • 17 contracted the virus in host clubs (entertainers and patrons)
  • 14 while wining and dining with friends
  • 2 are teachers at a public school in Koto Ward which will be closed on Monday for disinfection

 

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yet there are plenty of hot countries such as India
I don't think it's fair to compare a developing nation, for the most part, with way off western traditions of hygiene, with how Japan is handling it.

There's a bucket in restroom stalls there... you can do more research on what that's for as I don't want to get into racial (more culturally) subjects when fecal matter has been a link to the spread too.

But, in Japan, hand drying stations are shut off and you can't go to an establishment (in Okinawa, at least) that doesn't have alchohol spray.
 

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I don't think it's fair to compare a developing nation, for the most part, with way off western traditions of hygiene, with how Japan is handling it.

There's a bucket in restroom stalls there... you can do more research on what that's for as I don't want to get into racial (more culturally) subjects when fecal matter has been a link to the spread too.

But, in Japan, hand drying stations are shut off and you can't go to an establishment (in Okinawa, at least) that doesn't have alchohol spray.

I have noticed that about the hand dryers also. Cosmos drug stores have shut them down. Some 7-11's also.
 

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Corona Virus update: June 27, 2020 Saturday Tokyo time: 7 pm

I’ll start out with some international news and finish up with Japan. The news about the virus is moving very fast. I can only say, try not to travel. When out shopping, try to go when foot traffic is low. Of course we now know about the masks and its importance of wearing one.

Please keep in mind that numbers become real when you are you know someone comes down with the virus. We all understand that we all are on the frontline of this invisible contagious virus.

MONDRAGONE, Italy -- The governor of a southern Italian region insisted on Friday that residents of an apartment complex quarantine inside for 15 days, not even venturing out to buy food, after dozens of COVID-19 cases among Bulgarian seasonal farm workers and Italians who live there were confirmed.

Wearing a mask to discourage virus spread, Campania Gov. Vincenzo De Luca told reporters that the national civil protection agency should deliver groceries to the estimated 700 occupants of the apartments in Mondragone, a seaside town about 50 kilometers (32 miles) northwest of Naples.

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The U.S. military said Saturday that it will ease anti-coronavirus restrictions for troops and other personnel on this Army garrison in Seoul, but unauthorized travel to the capital from other bases remains off-limits.

The move, which begins at noon Monday, came more than a month after U.S. Forces Korea lifted restrictions for bases elsewhere in South Korea but maintained them for Yongsan because of continued cluster infections there.

The number of Defense Department-affiliated personnel diagnosed with COVID-19 this week jumped 18 percent from last week’s numbers, according to the latest data.

That came out to 2,345 new cases this week, up from 1,793 last week. Of this week’s new cases, 1,782 were among troops, a jump of 20-percent over the previous week.

The Department of Veterans Affairs this week reached a series of new, grim milestones related to the coronavirus pandemic, including topping 20,000 cases of the fast-spreading illness since the nationwide crisis began.

On Friday, department officials reported that they have recorded at least 20,509 cases of coronavirus among patients since early March, when the outbreak began to spread across the United States. The total represents about 7 percent of all individuals tested in the Veterans Health System.

The European Union moved closer to recommending that travelers from the U.S. shouldn’t be allowed to enter the bloc even after July 1, according to a draft decision being considered by governments.

THIS IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF:

An economic collapse is inevitable. The situation is unlikely to improve either until an effective vaccine appears or the virus changes its "behavior".


According to Dmitry Ovsyannikov, the head of the pediatric department at the RUDN Medical Institute, said that it goes about the coronavirus-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome that affects children. To date, 600 cases of the disease have been reported in patients in the UK, France, the USA and Italy.


The US yesterday recorded its third-day running of new cases with more than 45,000 new cases, beating the old record recorded the day before when 40,000 new cases were revealed. Total deaths in the US from the virus is at 125,000 thousand from nearly 2,467,837 cases, more than any other country. In Texas, Florida and Arizona, reopening plans have been paused due to a surge in cases. Health officials in the US estimate the true number of cases is likely to be 10 times higher than the reported figure.



Brazil's unrelenting surge continues with 47,000 new cases reported there yesterday bringing the total number of cases to 1,274,974 with 56,000 of them dying. India had its record number of cases yesterday topping almost 20,000. In Europe, France had a spike yesterday just days after an easing of lockdowns. Turkey appears to be heading for a second wave too after the virus appeared to be dwindling there in early June.



Globally, there are currently more than 140 vaccines being studied for Covid-19, of which 13 are in the clinical evaluation stage, according to the World Health Organization.

India: An inexpensive, widely used steroid dexamethasone was included in the treatment protocols for COVID-19 patients in moderate to severe stages of illness among other therapeutic measures by the Union health ministry on Saturday. The updated protocol includes the advice to use dexamethasone as an alternative choice to methylprednisolone for managing moderate to severe cases of COVID-19.

Japan's health authorities reported 57 new coronavirus cases and four deaths on Tuesday. The number of confirmed infections stands at 18,034, excluding cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Japan update :

New coronavirus

So far, a total of 89 people have been announced on the 27th, including 57 in Tokyo, 11 in Saitama, 5 in Chiba, 4 in Kanagawa and Kyoto, and 4 at airport quarantine. .. The number of people confirmed to be infected in Japan was 18,806 including quarantine at the airport, and 712 passengers and crew on cruise ships, for a total of 19,118. In addition, since one person died in Hokkaido, the total number of people who died is 972 people infected in Japan and 13 people on board a cruise ship, totaling 985 people.

According to each municipality, the total number of people confirmed to be infected in Japan
is
▽ 6054 in Tokyo
▽ 1816 in Osaka
▽ 1453 in Kanagawa ▽ 1222 in Hokkaido ▽
1098 in Saitama
▽ Chiba Is 943
▽ Fukuoka is 845
▽ Hyogo is 705
▽ Aichi is 526
▽ Kyoto is 374
▽ Ishikawa is 300
▽ Toyama is 227
▽ Ibaraki is 172
▽ Hiroshima is 168
Number of people ▽ Gifu prefecture 156 people
▽ Gunma prefecture 152 people
▽ Okinawa prefecture 142 people
▽ Fukui prefecture 122 people
▽ Shiga prefecture 101 people
▽ Nara prefecture 92 people
▽ Miyagi prefecture 92 people
▽ Niigata prefecture 83 people
▽ Fukushima Prefecture 82 people
▽ Shizuoka prefecture 82 people
▽ Ehime prefecture 82 people
▽ Nagano prefecture 77 people
▽ Kochi prefecture 74 people
▽ Yamanashi prefecture 74 people
▽ Yamagata prefecture 69 people
▽ Tochigi prefecture 66 people
▽ Wakayama prefecture 64 people
▽ Oita prefecture 60 people
▽ Kumamoto prefecture 49 people
▽ Saga prefecture 47 people
▽ Mie prefecture 46 people
▽ Yamaguchi prefecture 37 people
▽ Kagawa prefecture 28 people
▽ Aomori prefecture 27 people
▽ Okayama prefecture 26 people
▽ Shimane prefecture 24 people
▽ Nagasaki prefecture 17 people
▽ Miyazaki prefecture 17 people
▽ Akita prefecture 16 people
▽ Kagoshima prefecture 11 people
▽ Tokushima prefecture 6 people
▽ Tottori The prefecture is 3 people.

In addition, 306 people were confirmed to be infected by quarantine at the airport in Tokyo.
 

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An economic collapse is inevitable. The situation is unlikely to improve either until an effective vaccine appears or the virus changes its "behavior".
Indeed. I bought stocks at COVID-19 lows and gained about 175% at the peak. However, they are now -10% to 30% and I am at a loss. I am unsure whether to buy stocks that gave me so high P&L at lower prices to average out or invest in new companies that'll undoubtedly do good (but not as good as my picks) for the recovery or wait it out—and it's not because of coronavirus.

It's because, off topic, the civil unrest in the US. Statistics say that if we continue this trend, Biden or whoever the DNC gives it to wins (if markets are green, likely a reelection in I believe 18 cases of 20; if red, new incumbent). Mind you, the markets only behaved like they had over the past 3 years and the next 5 months may determine coronavirus bets a loss for years to come as markets are forward thinking (look into airlines, cruise companys and hotels as they could be 300%ers).
 

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I should have mentioned this coming from a Russian economic professor and as we know the Russian economy in certain parts of the country there is not bad but there's a lot of alcoholism going on and drug abuse in very high unemployment
 

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I should have mentioned this coming from a Russian economic professor and as we know the Russian economy in certain parts of the country there is not bad but there's a lot of alcoholism going on and drug abuse in very high unemployment
This historic time in the world’s largest country ,
About 20% of Moscow residents have corona virus immunity
 

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Due to the pandemic, four expats in japan are all on a zoom call with their boss--an american, a frenchman, a spaniard, and a dutchman.

Their boss asks, “Can you see me?”

And they each respond:

“Yes”

“Oui”

“Si”

“Ja”
 

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Sixty-seven new infections today. And no Tokyo Alert while Ms Koike seems to be busy with her gubernatorial election campaign.

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Meanwhile, the EU has lifted its travel restrictions for 14 nations, including Japan.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga welcomed the move. "We understand that the EU policy that exempts 14 countries, including Japan, from entry restriction takes into account objectively Japan’s infection situation and is based on amicable Japan-EU relations," Suga said at a news conference Wednesday.
Still not amicable enough, it seems, for Japan to act reciprocally.


The EU has confirmed its travel ban on US travellers. It’s not looking too good over there.
 

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Meanwhile, the EU has lifted its travel restrictions for 14 nations, including Japan.



Still not amicable enough, it seems, for Japan to act reciprocally.


The EU has confirmed its travel ban on US travellers. It’s not looking too good over there.
I wouldn't expect Japan to act reciprocally - I'd be wary about letting Brits into Japan at the moment too! However, I would expect them to let in foreigners with a good reason to be in Japan such as people who study, work, or have family here.
 

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Holy smokes

100 new cases of covid19 in Tokyo today


 

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Holy smokes

100 new cases of covid19 in Tokyo today


Wow! All that work in the past going down the drain so quickly.

I now believe between Fukuoka and Hokkaido, its none stop for the next 60 days of high numbers.

Thanks for the links.
 

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Yesterday, the toll climbed to 107 in Tokyo. And today, a very unsettling trend, to 124! Was it too early to reopen the gastronomy and entertainment industry? 70% of all new infections are people in their 20s and 30s.



I wonder how the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will juggle the new rise in infections and the "need to reopen the economy". Personally, I am very reluctant to restart commuting to Tokyo.
 

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Yesterday, the toll climbed to 107 in Tokyo. And today, a very unsettling trend, to 124! Was it too early to reopen the gastronomy and entertainment industry? 70% of all new infections are people in their 20s and 30s.



I wonder how the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will juggle the new rise in infections and the "need to reopen the economy". Personally, I am very reluctant to restart commuting to Tokyo.
Do you commute by cycling these days ?
 

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Do you commute by cycling these days ?
Yes, I always do, with or without coronavirus. From next week on, however, I have to visit a client in Shibuya and they have no parking facilities. I’d never leave my roadbike on the streets there. :(
 

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