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Tokyo’s excess deaths may be far higher than COVID-19 count

  • May 25, 2020
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Nikkei reported on Monday that Tokyo may have suffered more than 200 excess fatalities from pneumonia and other causes early in the COVID-19 outbreak, possibly dwarfing the period’s official coronavirus death count of 16. The paper said even more deaths could have been undercounted in April, the figures for which will not be released until next month. According to the daily, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases tracks fatalities from flu-like illnesses by collecting data from public health departments around the country. The tallies include those who died from pneumonia. Excess fatalities are calculated by comparing these figures against baselines derived from past data. The newest numbers show 50 to 60 excess deaths a week for the five weeks starting Feb. 17, adding up to more than 200 more fatalities than usual.

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