COVID-19 tracker: Japan's daily case count tops 18,000 for first time

Japan confirmed 18,889 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, setting a single-day record high for the second consecutive day and topping 18,000 for the first time. The daily total was over 3,000 higher than Wednesday’s record of 15,812.

Record-high daily figures were logged in 20 of Japan’s 47 prefectures, including Osaka at 1,654, Saitama at 1,528 and Fukuoka at 1,040. Aichi, Fukushima, Hyogo, Ibaraki, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Mie, Miyagi, Nagano, Nagasaki, Niigata, Okayama, Okinawa, Saga, Shiga and Shizuoka also recorded record highs.

The number of seriously ill coronavirus patients across the nation grew by 72 from the previous day to 1,404, surpassing 1,400 for the first time since May 26. New COVID-19 deaths totaled 24.

Tokyo confirmed 4,989 new infection cases, its second-highest daily count after the 5,042 cases marked on Aug. 5. The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms under the metropolitan government’s standards rose by 21 from Wednesday to 218, exceeding 200 for the first time. Of Thursday’s new cases in Tokyo, people in their 20s accounted for 1,490, followed by 1,031 in their 30s, 865 in their 40s and 627 in their 50s. Those age 65 or over came to 161.

The full cost of the “open” Olympics, patently, has yet to be counted … :frowning_face_with_open_mouth:

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they were damned if they did and damned if they don’t - on the horns of a dilemma - to do or not to do - one could consider that indeed it was a selfish thing to do and the greater need and deed was towards the entire nation of Japan and their ultimate health and survivial

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I’m just wondering whether we will ever see a full cost analysis - games versus the entire population or at least those surrounding the games site?

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I doubt it … :wink:

In the UK, we do have an idea of what the government has allocated so far in response to the pandemic:

Our COVID-19 cost tracker is an interactive tool that brings together data from across the UK government. It provides estimates of the cost of measures announced in response to the coronavirus pandemic and how much the government has spent on these measures so far (where this information is publicly available or has been provided to us by government departments).

The aim of the tracker is to increase transparency, and promote scrutiny and parliamentary accountability for government spending. We are publishing it in our role as the UK’s independent public spending watchdog, and will update it periodically.

The tracker is part of our programme of work to report on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Latest data

For measures announced since February 2020 and on or before 31 March 2021.

£372 billion

Total cost estimate for measures for which government departments are responsible (where data are available).

£92 billion

The amount we know the government or Bank of England have loaned or guaranteed so far (where data are available).

£172 billion

The amount we know the government has spent on these measures so far (where measures have already been implemented and data are available).

Many countries will have produced similar documents but there’s no doubt that many will have brushed any “undesirable” costs under the carpet … :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

we weren’t always that honest about things though - perhaps you are entering a period of “squeeky cleaness”?

Not with BJ and the Cronies in charge … it’s a period of shambles and sleaze … :frowning_face_with_open_mouth:

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yes a case of the “haves and have nots” perhaps