First COVID-19 Case in the Reinan Area
On April 18th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a patient who had been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has passed away. Within the prefecture, it is the 5th COVID-19 related death. In addition, there has been confirmation of the first COVID-19 case within the Reinan area.
Regarding the person who had passed away, in respect to the strong wishes of the family, the person’s gender, age, and residence has not been published.
Furthermore, the prefecture reported the confirmed COVID-19 infection of a Wakasa Town unemployed female (in her 30s), and of a Fukui City male company employee (in his 40s); this brings the total number of confirmed cases within the prefecture to 106, with 4 patients in serious condition.
Concerning the case of the Wakasa Town female, it is the first confirmed COVID-19 case within the Reinan area. During the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, she had travelled within the Tokai and Kansai regions. On April 14th, she experienced a fever of at least 38⁰C. On the 17th, she took a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and was confirmed as positive for the virus.
As for the Fukui City male, a colleague had been infected with COVID-19, and became a close contact.
From April 18th, In Response to the Expansion of the Declaration of a State of Emergency
On April 17th, SEIBU Fukui (in Fukui Prefecture, Fukui City) announced that, excluding its food sections, business will be temporarily suspended from the 18th, in response to the declaration of state of emergency being expanded across all prefectures, as a measure against the increased infections caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Sogo-SEIBU has decided to suspend business for all its 15 locations across the country. Within the 7 prefectures, where a state of emergency had been declared earlier in the month, including Tokyo and Osaka, the stores in those locations have already been temporarily closed since April 8th.
The food sections of SEIBU Fukui’s Main Building and in the basement level of its New Building, will continue operations to provide a stable supply of essentials. The operating hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
“For the duration of the officially announced state of emergency, excluding the food sections, we will suspend business. In order to resolve the COVID-19 situation in its early stages, we will cooperate with the request to refrain from outings,” said SEIBU Fukui store manager Hitoshi Ono.
Furthermore, Kanazawa Terminal Development, which manages PRISM FUKUI (located within JR Fukui Station) announced that it will temporarily close some of its stores from April 19th. On the 18th, business will operate until 4:00 p.m. PRISM Mart, 7-Eleven Heart-in Fukui, and Matsumoto Kiyoshi will continue to operate.
Few Pedestrians within the Fukui Station Area
With the “Declaration of a State of Emergency” being applied across the country, due to the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), on April 18th, Japan has entered its first weekend since its announcement. Within Central Fukui City, many shops are closed, businesses have reduced their hours, and only a few shoppers and pedestrians are about. The city is quiet.
“It is quite lonely at work. After I finish work, I will just go shopping for some essentials and go straight home,” said a woman working in a store.
From April 18th, excluding its grocery section, SEIBU Fukui has closed its stores for the time being.
April 18th, a Wakasa Town Woman
On April 18th, Fukui Prefecture reported its 105th and 106th confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of one person in Wakasa Town, and one person in Fukui City. It is the first confirmed COVID-19 case within the Reinan area.
Brief details of the 105th and 106th cases are as follows:
 Wakasa Town unemployed female, in her 30s
 Fukui City male company employee, in his 40s
For the Wakasa Town female , during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, the woman had visited Shizuoka Prefecture, Aichi Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, and Gifu Prefecture.
The Fukui City company employee  has had close contact with someone who had been confirmed with COVID-19.