Suspension of the Hanahasu Early Morning Marathon

Suspension of the Hanahasu Early Morning Marathon

Minamiechizen Town, an Effect of the Novel Coronavirus

In the midst of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a decision was made to suspend the “16th Hanahasu Early Morning Marathon” (jointly sponsored by Fukui Prefecture’s Minamiechizen Town, the Minamiechizen Town Board of Education, the Minamiechizen Town Sports Association, and Fukui Shimbun), which was scheduled for July 5th. Minamiechizen Town made the announcement on March 31st.

This has been the second time the marathon was suspended, with the first being in 2018, due to the effects of a heat wave. This year, entrant applications were intended to being during the last part of April.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1058995

Trim Marathon, Suspended due to Novel Coronavirus

Trim Marathon, Suspended due to Novel Coronavirus

Event Scheduled for May 17th in Awara City

In the midst of the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a decision was made to suspend the “17th Trim Marathon” (jointly sponsored by Fukui Prefecure’s Awara City, the Awara City Board of Education, the Awara City Sports Association, and Fukui Shimbun), which was scheduled to take place on May 17th. Awara City made the announcement on March 31st.

In last year’s Trim Marathon, there were 1,971 participants. For this year’s marathon, there were 115 entrants. The entry fee will be refunded. Regarding the reason for the first time this event was suspended, Awara City stated, “We have determined that it will be difficult to guarantee the safety of the runners, city volunteers, and operational staff.”

Inquiries, including regarding refunds, can be made through the Awara City Sports Department through phone: 0776 (73) 8043.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1058984

Total of Twenty Novel Coronavirus Cases in Fukui Prefecture

Total of Twenty Novel Coronavirus Cases in Fukui Prefecture

March 31 Report, Seventh Consecutive day of Infection Confirmations

On March 31st, Fukui Prefecture reported five new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Along with three cases in Fukui City, one case in Sakai City and one case in Minamiechizen Town has been confirmed. Within the prefecture, the number of cases has reached twenty. With the seventh consecutive day of COVID-19 case confirmations, five cases in one day has been the highest rate of confirmations.

Of the five cases are [1] a Fukui City female restaurant employee/dental assistant (30s; symptom outbreak on March 18th; close contact with 10 people), [2] a Fukui City male company employee (20s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; investigation in-progress), [3] a Sakai City independent businessman (60s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; close contact with 1 person), [4] a Minamiechizen Town unemployed female (60s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; close contact with 1 person), and [5] a Fukui City male company employee (40s; symptom outbreak on the 22nd; close contact with 2 people). The first four listed experienced mild symptoms, while the fifth case experienced more serious symptoms, with a form of pneumonia and difficulty breathing. The third listed had no underlying conditions.

During March 17th and 19th, while the Fukui City restaurant employee [1] was working, serving customers, six men (ages ranging from 50s through 60s) who had been infected with COVID-19 had eaten at the restaurant. Hiroyuki Kubota, chief of the Prefectural Health and Welfare Department, explained, “(Regarding the infection route), there appears to be some some connections between the various cases.” After symptoms had risen, the restaurant employee [1] had worked in the restaurant for three days, and in the dental clinic for seven days. Of the approximately 20 restaurant employees, 2 patrons, and 7 dental clinic staff the restaurant employee [1] had close contact with, none have shown any symptoms. The restaurant and dental clinic are currently closed.

The Fukui City company employee [2] had met with an Echizen City independent businessman (50s; 7th COVID-19 case, confirmed on March 27th) through work on the 21st. During the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, the Fukui City company employee [5] had been to Kyoto Prefecture on a business trip during March 11th and 12th.

Up to this point, the prefecture has seen some connections between the infected persons, to be able to see one large cluster of infections; however, Chief Kubota explained, “(The Fukui City company employee [5]) had many interactions with people outside the prefecture; there is a possibility this case has not interacted with (the cluster) we have had up to now.”

For seven consecutive days, there have been 19 confirmed infection cases. Regarding the situation, in which the numbers have been increasing with each passing day, Chief Kubota expressed, “Working within the premise that the cases are connected to form one cluster, we have been focusing our investigation into those who have had close contact with already confirmed cases; and thus, there will be a tendency for these numbers to rise. Therefore, we believe this situation is different from the notion in which the virus has been spreading. We wish for the citizens of the prefecture to continue to maintain composure, and act accordingly.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1059360

Awara City Man Infected with Novel Coronavirus

Awara City Man Infected with Novel Coronavirus

Company Employee in His Fifties; 21st Infection Case within Fukui Prefecture

On March 31st, the confirmation of the 21st case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within Fukui Prefecture is of an Awara City company employee in his fifties. On March 18th, the man had come in close contact with a Fukui City company executive (50s), the 1st confirmed case of the prefecture; the man (21st case) is currently self-isolating at home. The announcement was made by Fukui Prefecture on April 1st.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1059461