Obama City to Provide Bento Vouchers for Children, Senior High School Age and Lower

Obama City to Provide Bento Vouchers for Children, Senior High School Age and Lower

Worth ¥5,00, Supporting Families Raising Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On April 21st, Fukui Prefecture’s Obama City announced that it will distribute food tickets to every child within the city, at a senior high school age and lower; each will receive 10 tickets (valued at a total of ¥5,000) and can be used to obtain bento meals for takeout at various restaurants within Obama City. The aim of the project is to decrease the burden, as an effect from the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), on families raising children, and to support restaurants in the city.

Furthermore, Obama City natives (aged 18 to 25) residing outside Obama City, but have been unable to return to the city, due to the travel restrictions as an effect of the declaration of a state of emergency, will be sent a package of ¥5,000 worth of local specialty products. In the same day, on April 21st, Obama City’s municipal government body processed the funds needed (¥33.93 million) in the 2020 general accounting and finance supplementary budget.

The distribution of the “O-Uchi de Gohan Ticket” (おうちでごはんチケット) will include children born up to the end of June, reaching an estimated total of 4,700 children who will receive the tickets. The city will be mailing out the tickets during April, and can be used during May and June. The cost for the project will be ¥26.02 million. The Obama Chamber of Commerce & Industry has been put in charge of the project, and are taking applications from restaurants looking to participate from April 22nd.

People who can receive the package of local specialty products are those who were born in Obama City, or those who have graduated from an elementary, junior high, or senior high school within the city. From April 24th to May 6th, families can send an application through email or phone, with the name and address of the youth living outside the city. The application process is presented on the Obama City website. The local specialty products will include rice, canned mackerel, and shoyu-dried fish, and will begin shipment from April 29th. With a projected 750 youths to apply, the project will cost ¥4.619 million.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1072691

Fukui Prefecture’s Mask Purchase Ticket, Measures to Avoid the Three C’s

Fukui Prefecture’s Mask Purchase Ticket, Measures to Avoid the Three C’s

Dispatching of Fukui Prefectural Staff and Limiting Admission Under Consideration

From April 23rd, Fukui Prefecture will be distributing mask purchase tickets to every household within the prefecture; the prefecture requests its citizens to proceed in a composed manner. Among the 300,000 boxes of masks secured by Fukui Prefecture, roughly half is scheduled to be delivered by April 30th, with the prefecture stating, “From the end of this month, there will be plenty of masks available at the storefront; there will be no need to panic and rush in on the first day of sale.”

The tickets, printed on postcards, will be sent to every household within the prefecture over the period of April 23rd to the 30th, and masks will be on sale from April 24th to May 10th. According to the prefecture, approximately 13,000 boxes will be delivered to Genky; thereafter, between 2,000 and 5,000 boxes will be delivered on each day until April 30th, where approximately 170,000 boxes will be delivered. On top of the 300,000 boxes, a plan has been established to secure additional masks after May 1st.

Because of the low level of supply delivered at the beginning, some store locations are expecting to sell out on the first day of sale, on April 24th. Fukui Prefecture expressed, “The delivery of goods will gradually increase, with hopeful prospects during May 2nd to the 4th; when going to the store, we hope for people to avoid periods of crowding, such as immediately after when the store opens.”

The prefecture has also been considering the concern of customers flooding the stores, creating situations involving the “Three Cs” (Closed space, Crowded places, and Close-contact settings). The prefecture is currently contemplating whether to dispatch its staff to each store location.

In a conference on April 21st, Genky Drugstores Company President Kenichi Fujinaga explained the measures in a situation where many citizens may visit the store at the same time:

  • Limit the number of customers inside the store to 30-50 people.
  • Mark spots on the floor, to maintain a fixed distance between customers standing in line to the cash register.
  • Raise a plastic sheet at the cash register, to prevent potential infection spread by respiratory droplets.

For those looking to buy masks, customers can take their ticket to a Genky store to purchase up to 2 boxes of masks, priced at ¥2,350 (tax included) per box, with 50 masks in each box. The Fukui Prefecture Mask Project Centre (operating from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) has been established within the Fukui Prefectural Office a day early, from April 22nd, and will respond to inquiries. The centre’s phone line is 0776 (20) 0749.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1072692

6th COVID-19 Related Death in Fukui Prefecture, of Fukui City Man

6th COVID-19 Related Death in Fukui Prefecture, of Fukui City Man

April 23rd Report, No New COVID-19 Cases

On April 23rd Fukui Prefecture reported that the prefecture’s 77th novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case, of a Fukui City unemployed male in his 60s, has passed away; this brings the prefecture’s total number of COVID-19 related deaths to six. The cause of death was pneumonia as a symptom of COVID-19, after the patient was confirmed with the virus on April 8th.

The patient’s pneumonia had been improving, but suddenly worsened from the morning of April 22nd; the patient then passed away at 5:10 p.m. of the same day. The patient had an underlying condition, and was receiving dialysis treatment at a urology clinic in Fukui City, where its clinical director and several patients have also been confirmed with COVID-19.

As of the afternoon of April 23rd, there have been no new COVID-19 case confirmations. From April 15th, there had been 8 consecutive days of COVID-19 case reporting.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1073914