Fukui Prefecture, 22nd Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infection

Fukui Prefecture, 22nd Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infection

September 30th Report, 31 Test Results Negative for COVID-19

On September 30th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. By 9:00 a.m. of the same day, 31 new test results all showed negative for the virus. It is the 22nd consecutive day without a new COVID-19 case since September 9th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1175191

Fukui Prefecture 21st Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infections

Fukui Prefecture 21st Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infections

September 29th Report, 42 Test Results All Negative

On September 29th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. By 9:00 a.m. of the same day, 42 new test results all showed negative for the virus. It is the 21st consecutive day without a new COVID-19 case since September 9th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1174422

Fukui Prefecture, Man With COVID-19 Passes Away

Fukui Prefecture, Man With COVID-19 Passes Away

September 27th Report, Man in His 80s During Hospitalization

On September 27th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a man in his 80s, infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, had passed away on the 26t. During the second wave of COVID-19 within the prefecture, this is the 3rd report of a COVID-19 related death, after one report on the 16th and one on the 20th of this month. Fukui Prefecture has a cumulative total of 11 COVID-19 related deaths, including those reported during the prefecture’s first wave of the virus.

The man was hospitalized for 31 days, and had been receiving treatment while equipped with a ventilator.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1173137

Fukui Prefecture, 20th Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infection

Fukui Prefecture, 20th Consecutive Day With No New COVID-19 Infection

September 28th Report

On September 28th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. By 9:00 a.m. of the same day, 6 new test results all showed negative for the virus. It is the 20th consecutive day without a new COVID-19 case since September 9th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1173698

New ALTs Unable to Arrive, Influence on English Classes

New ALTs Unable to Arrive, Influence on English Classes

Fukui Prefecture, Regarding 30 Expected ALTs in September

On September 23rd, regarding Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) who are stationed across junior and senior high schools across Fukui Prefecture, Superintendent of Education Kinichi Toyokita disclosed, in a prefectural assembly for the general education standing committee, that 30 new ALTs expected to arrive in September were unable to come to Japan due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

According to the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education (BoE), there were 106 ALTs across 74 public municipal junior high schools and 26 prefectural schools, within the prefecture. From August, ALTs work on a yearly contract, which can be extend to up to 5 years. This year, in relation to the anticipated Tokyo Olympic Games, the ALT contract start period was changed to the end of August.

Due to the restrictions on emigration and immigration, in response to the continuous spread of COVID-19 across the world, the 30 new ALTs expected to arrive this year were unable to come to Japan. During the end of July, the Prefectural BoE sent a notification to every school expressing “We are currently in a difficult state of affairs”, requesting to take on a flexible stance.

In a normal year, 1st and 2nd year junior high school students receive 1.5 hours of class time with an ALT per week, while 3rd year students receive 1 hour per week. Among the 76 ALTs whose contracts were renewed under the Prefectural BoE, schools have been managing with various measures, including having ALTs visit additional schools.

Superintendent Toyokita emphasized, “We will strive to secure education opportunities through measures including the use of those registered within the English Resource Bank (a registry of prefectural residents who are proficient in English).”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1170621