April 1 Report, Eighth Consecutive Day of Infection Case Confirmations
On April 1st, Fukui Prefecture reported that an Awara City company employee in his fifties is infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The man had come in close contact with the prefecture’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, of a Fukui City company executive in his fifties; both are employees in the same company. It was the first COVID-19 case confirmed in Awara City. Within the prefecture, the number of cases have risen to twenty-one, with eight consecutive days of COVID-19 case confirmations.
The Awara City company employee was in charge of the secretarial duties for the Fukui City company executive, who had tested positive for the virus on March 18th; from the 20th, the company employee had entered self-isolation at home, as a person who had come in close contact with someone carrying the virus. On March 27th, he experienced a fever of 37.8⁰C, and tested positive for the virus through a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on the 31st. Though he had a fever, his symptoms are light. During the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, he had not been outside the prefecture. It is believed that he had not come in close contact with anyone else.
Among the confirmed cases up to this point, three people, a Fukui City independent businessman (70s; tested positive on March 25th), an Echizen City company employee (50s; tested positive on the 27th), and an Echizen City company executive (50s; tested positive on the 28th), have been in serious condition. The condition of the Echizen City company executive (50s) has been continuing to worsen.
Among the twenty-one COVID-19 cases within the prefecture, excluding the 20th case (of a Fukui City company employee in his forties), all twenty people had some connection with each other, by either having eaten at the same restaurant, dining together, or riding in the same car, creating one infection cluster, as presumed by Fukui Prefecture. Through the accumulated information through investigations, there has been new confirmation in which 7 people (4 work associates, 3 acquaintances) had come in close contact with the prefecture’s 14th COVID-19 case, of a Fukui City company executive in his forties. In an effort to prevent further spread of the infection, there is a rush to gather information in order to see a full portrait of the situation.