- 5 Feb 2005
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One of my students actually went to Okinawa last week... Is it really time to travel to other prefectures? I know the money has to keep flowing but still doesn't feel safe.
Because it was so safe here, with 0 cases for about 2 months, when the domestic travel campaign came out... people flocked here. Our second wave is among us and it's already, within days, too hard to handle.One of my students actually went to Okinawa last week... Is it really time to travel to other prefectures? I know the money has to keep flowing but still doesn't feel safe.
Actually, it's usually Monday and Tuesday that have usually the lowest number of cases because there's a lag of a day or two between tests and results. So don't be shocked if it's even higher than 71 today.We're in a bad place here as with the 2nd wave (most likely due to the GoTo campaign), our hospitals are overflooded at a 104.2% occupancy rate for COVID-19 patients and 22 asymptomatic are awaiting a bed.
Further, one hospital treating a couple of patients got a nurse infected.
How much worse can it get with 71 infections in a day?! (Yesterday)
Still awaiting today's cases... which will most likely be lower, but, I guarantee you we'll see high double digits to triple digits in the coming days as weekends are generally low reporting while weekdays are high.
Must be severe cases, such as inability to breathe or a hot enough temperature to melt the brain or something, to use a siren.Tokyo had a record number of new cases today (472) and there seem to have been more ambulance sirens recently where I live (15 min walk from a major hospital).
Isn't that exactly what's happened in the US?"The central government hasn’t shown clear guidance and a clear strategy on what to do about COVID-19, and is pushing the responsibility to the local government,” said Haruka Sakamoto, a public health researcher at the University of Tokyo. "In ordinary times, the government is very centralized, and usually prefectures don’t have strong opinions.”
Given how many months they have had I am sure they have made contingency plans to rapidly expand the medical facilities if needed.Doctor "may be in a critical situation in the future"
Regarding the spread of new coronavirus infection in Okinawa Prefecture, Dr. Yoshihiro Takayama of Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, who specializes in infectious diseases, said, ``Because the epidemic is occurring rapidly, it is difficult to open new beds. Although it is a situation, it is still possible to deal with it by urgently securing a hotel, etc. for medical treatment of mildly ill patients.However, if the infection spreads to the elderly in the future, there will be a lack of beds and there is a danger of becoming a critical situation.
Given how many months they have had I am sure they have made contingency plans to rapidly expand the medical facilities if needed.
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Mon, 3 Aug
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Thu, 6 Aug
Fri, 7 Aug
Based on limited trial on a group of 41 patients with mild symptoms, gargling with diluted povidone-iodine four times a day reduced the number of those testing positive to 9.5 per cent after four days, compared with 40 per cent for a group who gargled with just water, Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura said at a press briefing on Tuesday. Povidone-iodine is an antiseptic more commonly known as betadine. In Japan, it’s sold as gargle medicine by Shionogi & Co, using the name Isojin under license from Mundipharma, as well as by Meiji Holdings Co. Meiji, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Bloomberg News, saw its shares surging as much as 7.7 per cent in Tokyo following the news. Shionogi rose as much as 3.6 per cent.
That's about the population of my county. We also have about 100 cases/day. But I'm guessing it might be worse in Okinawa because we don't restrict testing here. So probably many of the cases are not very sick people. Our worst was 345 in one day back in April. Right now we average 0.75 deaths/day. Worst it got was 27/day in April.100 cases in Okinawa today and we have a population of 1.4 million
So what do you guys think will happen to Japan as far as the coronavirus will goA little update on what's been happening this week. First, the case numbers in Tokyo:
Day Number of cases Mon, 3 Aug 258 Tue, 4 Aug 309 Wed, 5 Aug 263 Thu, 6 Aug 360 Fri, 7 Aug 462
Last update: 2020/08/06: This website was opened by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to provide the latest information of COVID-19.stopcovid19.metro.tokyo.lg.jp
Other prefectures have seen an increase in cases, too: yesterday Osaka reported 225 cases, Kanagawa 119, and Chiba 76.
Yesterday, Aichi declared an SOE that will last until 24 August, residents are asked not to cross prefectural borders unless essential. The prefecture of Okinawa declared an SOE last Saturday.
Despite rising numbers in reported infections, Japan allegedly sees fewer hospital deaths related to COVID-19.
This week, the usually very level-headed governor of Osaka, Yoshimura Hirofumi, pulled a veritable Trumpesque, declaring that, based on a very limited study, gargle medicine can reduce the number of those testing positive:
The governor of Osaka Prefecture touted the powers of gargling medicine to control the coronavirus and recommended its use, sending related shares jumpingwww.japantimes.co.jp
As a result, consumers in Osaka emptied the shelves of Isojin in a matter of hours. I wonder if Mr Yoshimura has any vested business interests.
Lo and behold, the test centres in the Tokyo metropolitan area have made a great technological leap forward: they have replaced their fax machines with digital data transfer via [gasp] COMPUTERS.
It is hoped this will help the capital avoid faulty or delayed reporting moving forward, but whether it streamlines the process hinges on how fast the transition happens.www.japantimes.co.jp