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  a Fukui City female restaurant employee/dental assistant (30s; symptom outbreak on March 18th; close contact with 10 people),  a Fukui City male company employee (20s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; investigation in-progress),  a Sakai City independent businessman (60s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; close contact with 1 person),  a Minamiechizen Town unemployed female (60s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; close contact with 1 person), and  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  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  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  had close contact with, none have shown any symptoms. The restaurant and dental clinic are currently closed.
The Fukui City company employee  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  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 ) 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.”