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COVID-19 Coronavirus: situation in Japan

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Here's the weekly updates (8-14 September):


Nationwide infections:

08/09 (Wed)09/09 (Thu)10/09 (Fri)11/09 (Sat)12/09 (Son)13/09 (Mon)14/09 (Tue)
12,396 (- 7,635)
10,400 (- 7,828)
8,892 (- 7,846)
8,807 (- 7,205)
7,212 (- 5,696)
4,171 (- 4,063)
6,277 (- 4,328)

Nationwide deaths - Seriously Ill:

08/09 (Wed)09/09 (Thu)10/09 (Fri)11/09 (Sat)12/09 (Son)13/09 (Mon)14/09 (Tue)
49 (+ 2) - 2,211 (+ 119)
88 (+ 6) - 2,173 (+ 15)
69 (+ 8) - 2,125 (- 96)
56 (- 7) - 2,125 (- 98)
52 (- 14) - 2,010 (- 197)
50 (+ 9) - 1,975 (- 223)
55 (+ 22) - 1,905 (- 304)

Infections in selected prefectures:

08/09 (Wed)09/09 (Thu)10/09 (Fri)11/09 (Sat)12/09 (Son)13/09 (Mon)14/09 (Tue)
Aichi
1,290 (- 586)
1,170 (- 549)
1,031 (- 689)
970 (- 806)
855 (- 521)
554 (- 636)
568 (- 650)
Chiba
610 (- 524)
591 (- 498)
461 (- 702)
429 (- 775)
398 (- 731)
294 (- 371)
341 (-307)
Fukuoka
572 (- 445)
429 (- 366)
438 (- 294)
378 (- 265)
292 (- 297)
158 (- 262)
209 (- 215)
Hokkaido
180 (- 171)
144 (- 170)
117 (- 134)
156 (- 68)
116 (- 102)
55 (- 68)
91 (- 46)
Hyogo
852 (- 166)
676 (- 278)
528 (- 342)
507 (- 248)
398 (- 298)
191 (- 166)
452 (- 168)
Kanagawa
1,099 (- 822)
804 (- 934)
829 (- 1,040)
862 (- 771)
669 (- 573)
529 (- 442)
485 (- 253)
Okinawa
413 (- 122)
336 (- 229)
301 (- 206)
270 (- 288)
273 (- 94)
140 (- 27)
284 (- 99)
Osaka
2,012 (- 992)
1,488 (- 1,013)
1,310 (- 995)
1,263 (- 1,090)
1,147 (- 673)
452 (- 472)
942 (- 707)
Saitama
779 (- 424)
697 (- 418)
556 (- 369)
780 (- 295)
504 (- 313)
251 (- 199)
506 (- 141)
Tokyo
1,834 (- 1,334)
1,675 (- 1,424)
1,242 (- 1,297)
1,273 (- 1,089)
1,067 (- 786)
611 (- 357)
1,004 (- 625)

Vaccinations as of 13 September 2021:

148m (+ 12m); fully vaccinated: 66m (+ 5.4m) = 52.3% of population

 

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The weekly updates (15-22 September 2021):


Nationwide infections:

15/09 (Wed)16/09 (Thu)17/09 (Fri)18/09 (Sat)19/09 (Son)20/09 (Mon)21/09 (Tue)
6,806 (- 5,590)
5,705 (- 4,695)
5,095 (- 3,797)
4,702 (- 4,105)
3,401 (- 3,811)
2,224 (- 1,947)
1,767 (- 4,510)

Nationwide deaths - Seriously Ill:

15/09 (Wed)16/09 (Thu)17/09 (Fri)18/09 (Sat)19/09 (Son)20/09 (Mon)21/09 (Tue)
48 (- 1) - 1,834 (- 377)
65 (- 23) - 1,743 (- 430)
64 (- 5) - 1,615 (- 510)
67 (+ 11) - 1,559 (- 566)
59 (+ 7) - 1,496 (- 514)
23 (- 27) - 1,454 (- 521)
47 (+ 8) - 1,429 (- 476)

Infections in selected prefectures:

15/09 (Wed)16/09 (Thu)17/09 (Fri)18/09 (Sat)19/09 (Son)20/09 (Mon)21/09 (Tue)
Aichi
679 (- 611)
595 (- 575)
581 (- 450)
373 (- 597)
277 (- 578)
183 (- 371)
151 (- 417)
Chiba
354 (- 256)
296 (- 295)
246 (- 215)
220 (- 209)
213 (- 185)
157 (- 137)
93 (- 248)
Fukuoka
248 (- 324)
234 (- 195)
161 (- 277)
165 (- 213)
133 (- 159)
75 (- 83)
75 (- 134)
Hokkaido
110 (- 70)
94 (- 50)
84 (- 33)
77 (- 79)
75 (- 41)
50 (- 5)
36 (- 55)
Hyogo
367 (- 485)
301 (- 375)
268 (- 260)
304 (- 203)
188 (- 210)
117 (- 74)
76 (- 376)
Kanagawa
489 (- 610)
534 (- 270)
547 (- 282)
453 (- 409)
394 (- 275)
257 (- 272)
188 (- 297)
Okinawa
255 (- 158)
229 (- 107)
185 (- 116)
176 (- 94)
107 (- 166)
80 (- 60)
55 (- 229)
Osaka
1,160 (- 852)
858 (- 630)
735 (- 575)
666 (- 597)
467 (- 680)
268 (- 184)
245 (- 697)
Saitama
513 (- 266)
360 (- 337)
348 (- 208)
262 (- 518)
224 (- 280)
155 (- 96)
121 (- 385)
Tokyo
1,052 (- 782)
831 (- 844)
782 (- 460)
862 (- 411)
565 (- 502)
302 (- 309)
253 (- 751)

Vaccinations as of 20 September 2021:

153m (+ 5m); fully vaccinated: 68.9 66m (+ 2.9m) = 54.5% of population

 

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A study at the National Hospital Organization Utsunomiya Hospital showed that vaccine efficacy (in this case with the Phizer vaccine) decreases for older people, smokers and drinkers:

The test showed that vaccine efficacy decreases with age. Specifically, the median levels of antibody titer in people in their 60s and 70s and men in their 50s were only about half of those for people in their 20s. For women in their 50s, the levels stood at around 60% of those for people aged 20-29. The median levels for people who have not smoked were about 12% higher than those for all people tested, while the levels for past and current smokers were lower by some 23% and 35%, respectively. "Older people may not be able to sufficiently maintain antibodies produced by vaccinations as their immune cells weaken with age," said Kumiya Sugiyama, deputy head of the hospital in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. "Many immune cells are in the lungs and directly connected to the immune system of the whole body, so smoking damages the immune cells in the organ, making it difficult to maintain antibody levels." A study of 1,774 staff members at Chiba University Hospital in the city of Chiba, who had completed their two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, found that the levels of antibody titer were higher among women and lower among older people, daily drinkers and those taking immunosuppressive drugs. Compared with nondrinkers, the titer levels were little changed for people who drink two or three times a week, but were roughly 20% lower for daily drinkers.


Japanese doctors want to change COVID-19's classification to allow for better treatment:

[Doctors} are increasing calls for the government to downgrade COVID-19's classification in order to ease the burden on public health centers and potentially save more lives by speeding up treatment. The debate on whether to downgrade the disease, which is currently classified alongside some of the most serious infectious diseases, to a less-threatening Class V disease has been gaining momentum as the government mulls its pandemic exit strategy. Health minister Norihisa Tamura signaled in July that the government would actively look into the issue, taking into account progress in the vaccine rollout, new infection figures and the number of hospital beds. In Japan, infectious diseases are placed into one of eight classifications: Class I through Class V and three others for those that have the potential to affect the lives of people through their rapid spread — novel influenza infections, designated infectious diseases, which are identified as such by the Cabinet and require measures equivalent to Category III and above, and new infectious diseases. Class I diseases, such as Ebola, are considered the most dangerous, while Class II includes tuberculosis. The coronavirus is currently classified as a new influenza infection, entailing some countermeasures that are on par with those for Classes I and II.


Booster jabs for medical personnel will start later this year, for the elderly early next year:


An Osaka-based company has developed an application that will help foreign residents in Japan get vaccinated for COVID-19:

Since Japan's vaccine rollout kicked off in February, over half the entire population has had their two shots. But inoculations for foreigners -- who number around 2.89 million in Japan as of December 2020 -- have not progressed to the extent of their Japanese peers. Language barriers are believed to be behind the slow inoculation rates, as vaccine tickets and pre-vaccination surveys distributed by local governments contain many kanji characters that are hard to understand for those not fluent in Japanese. The tool developed by Yolo Japan Corp., which provides job and lifestyle assistance services to foreigners living in Japan, offers instant automatic translation into Japanese for 17 languages when input to the pre-vaccination survey form.

 

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The Japanese government announced that it has already secured enough doses to enable people to receive booster shots. Japan is looking to provide booster shots before the end of the year for medical personnel, and early next year for those age 65 and above. What is still being debated is whether mixing vaccines increases the efficiency of the booster.

Booster shots have already begun in several countries. Israel began administering such shots to individuals five months after they received their second dose, including younger people. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized booster shots of the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech vaccine for people age 65 and older, and those age 18 through 64 at high risk of severe COVID-19 or who are at high risk of exposure to the virus because of their jobs. Booster shots are to be administered at least six months after an individual receives their second dose. In Japan, it's still unclear who will be prioritized after medical personnel and older people have received their third dose.

The merits of mixing vaccines when getting a booster shot is the subject of heated debate. Taking a vaccine that's different from the one used for the first or second dose could maximize immunity, but research is still ongoing. Combining vaccines from different manufacturers could help avoid shortages. Shortages were seen in some areas of Japan in the early stages of the vaccine rollout, when only the Pfizer shot had been approved. Pfizer Inc., Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson have all conducted studies regarding the efficacy of their booster shots. Only the vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zeneca PLC have been approved for use in Japan. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, has said "a third dose of the same (messenger RNA) vaccine should be used. A person should not receive more than three mRNA vaccine doses. If the mRNA vaccine product given for the first two doses is not available or is unknown, either mRNA COVID-19 vaccine product may be administered," the CDC website says, referring to the Pfizer and Moderna shots.



Why have Japan's Covid-19 cases dropped so suddenly?

 

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The Japanese government announced that it has already secured enough doses to enable people to receive booster shots. Japan is looking to provide booster shots before the end of the year for medical personnel, and early next year for those age 65 and above. What is still being debated is whether mixing vaccines increases the efficiency of the booster.







Why have Japan's Covid-19 cases dropped so suddenly?



Could it be that it takes 2 days for the test to be verified and reported to the Health Ministry ?
Could it be that elections are coming up ?
Could it be that there are about 240 Japanese companies in one province in China and air traffic in and out of China for these businessman is on the increase ? ( got to make the figures look good.
Could it be that those that got the virus and didn't know it probably won't get the Mu Mu variant ?
Could it be that 270 people died in their home or apartment last month? Looks bad for the upcoming elections.
Could it be just anyone's guess why the drop is occuring?
Could it be just in Ube 3 7-11 's had to close due to staff catching the virus ?
Truth be told, these numbers in Japan have more truth in them then the numbers in America. Nearly 700000 people died in America and yet in Japan nearly 17000 people have ACTUALLY died from the virus. And Suga will be in America on Friday, America time?
 

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Truth be told, these numbers in Japan have more truth in them then the numbers in America. Nearly 700000 people died in America and yet in Japan nearly 17000 people have ACTUALLY died from the virus.
The Japan numbers are with near certainty vastly undercounted. US numbers, too, are likely undercounted given that people that die without seeking medical care aren't covid tested after the fact in most cases. And despite conspiracy theories to the contrary, doctors aren't deliberately inflating covid deaths willfully.
This article explains how the numbers are calculated in the U.S.

"It's frustrating to hear on the news, or from family and friends, that these numbers might be inflated," Raja says. "I put a lot of thought into them [death certificates]. These are not things I do on the fly."

Auld has learned not to get into debates with people, such as the family member who sent the email alleging a counting conspiracy. The doubts still sting.

"When people suggest that we are misrepresenting the losses and deaths from COVID, not only does it disrespect our hard work as health care providers," she says. "It also disrespects the families who have lost loved ones."
 
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