In Response to the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus, Delayed by One Month
During the evening of April 3rd, Fukui Prefecture announced the reopening of schools, as well as opening ceremonies, to be postponed until May 7th, after the end of Golden Week. In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within the prefecture, the schedule for the first day of schools has been delayed by one month.
Fukui Prefecture, A Means to Prevent the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus
During the evening of April 3rd, Tatsuji Sugimoto, the governor of Fukui Prefecture expressed an urgent plea to the citizens of the prefecture, to refrain from nonessential outings or meetings during the weekday evenings and throughout the weekends until April 19th, in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Prefectural Governor Sugimoto pointed out that “regarding our situation in Fukui Prefecture, what follows from this weekend will be critical in preventing the spread of the virus.” An appeal was also made to refrain from nonessential business connected with the Greater Tokyo Area and the Kansai region, where the virus has been continuously spreading. The governor also pleaded for understanding and cooperation in regards to not purchasing more than necessary, and to avoid going out with a fever.
In addition, the governor made a reference to a decision made by the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education to extend school closures of prefectural schools until May 6th.
April 3rd, Novel Coronavirus
In the evening of April 3rd, there has been the confirmation of the 40th to the 42nd case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within Fukui Prefecture. The three cases are of three women, two in their fifties and one in her eighties.
Fukui City Board of Education, In Response to the Surge of Novel Coronavirus Infections
On April 3rd, the Fukui City Board of Education (in Fukui Prefecture) made the decision to postpone the reopening of municipal elementary and junior high schools until at least May 7th. The decision was made as a response to the rapid increase of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections within the city. The school entrance ceremonies and opening ceremonies will still be carried out as scheduled on April 8th.
April 3rd, Fukui Prefecture Reports
According to a report by Fukui Prefecture on April 3rd, there has been a confirmation of 9 new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Brief details of the 31st through to the 39th cases within the prefecture are as follows:
 Fukui City unemployed male, in his 80s
 Fukui City unemployed female, in her 90s
 Fukui City unemployed male, in his 60s
 Echizen City boy, under 10 years old
 Echizen City male company employee, in his 50s
 Fukui City male company executive, in his 70s
 Fukui City male company employee, in his 50s
 Fukui City male company employee, in his 30s
 Fukui City male company employee, in his 40s
Excluding the 31st case, which is awaiting confirmation of information, all listed persons did not have a history of travel outside the prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.