October 9th Report, Four Close Contacts
On October 9th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a Sabae City male company employee in his 40s has been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On October 6th, the man experienced discomfort in his throat, and then a fever of 37.5°C on the 7th; a biological sample was then taken on the 8th. He has spent some time within Osaka Prefecture during October 2nd to 4th. He has four close contacts, who are family members living within the same residence.
October 6th Report, Woman With Travel History in Gifu
On October 6th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a Tsuruga City man and woman in their 40s were infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. The two are a married couple, both with light symptoms. The man experienced a fever on September 30th, which subsided on October 2nd; the fever then re-emerged on the 4th. A biological sample was taken on October 5th, which tested positive for COVID-19 on the 6th. The man had spent some time within Osaka Prefecture during September 25th and 26th, and some time within Gifu Prefecture during the 27th.
The woman experienced a fever on October 3rd, and tested positive for COVID-1 on the 6th. The woman had spent some time in Gifu Prefecture on September 27th.
Since September 8th, there had been no new COVID-19 cases within Fukui Prefecture for 27 consecutive days. The prefecture now has a cumulative total of 246 COVID-19 cases.
July 23rd COVID-19 Report, One Close Contact
On July 23rd, Fukui Prefecture reported a new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, of a man in his 20s, living in Sakai City; from July 14th to 18th, the man had stayed within Osaka Prefecture. There is one close contact of a family member living in the same residence.
The man experienced coughing and fever on July 21st, and visited a medical institution for an examination. On the 22nd, a biological sample was taken, which tested positive for COVID-19 on the 23rd.
Influenced by the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), highway bus and fixed-route bus services within Fukui Prefecture have either been suspended or reduced.
The highway buses, jointly operated by Keifuku Bus and Fukui Railway, are already operating on reduced service; however, the service for the Osaka line will be suspended from April 13th, and the same will happen for the Tokyo line from the 14th. For the Nagoya line, service will be reduced from April 13th.
In addition, the fixed-route buses managed by Keifuku Bus will either be suspended or have its service reduced from April 15th; within the prefecture, 5 fixed-route buses will be suspended, including the special express buses connecting JR Fukui Station East to Ichijodani Asakura Family Historic Ruins and Eiheiji, and the buses connecting JR Fukui Station and Komatsu Airport, while 56 other fixed-route buses will have its service reduced. 10 fixed-route bus lines, including the local community buses, will continue to operate as normal.
A date for when all buses within Fukui Prefecture will operate normally again is currently undetermined.
Printing Data Released for Public Use, in Response to Novel Coronavirus
On April 3rd, an Osaka University Specially Appointed Professor, Kiyokazu Nakajima (in the field of Gastroenterological Surgery) and his team unveiled the created of protective equipment for medical professionals, that protects the face from repiratory droplets, using a clear file folder and a 3D printer. Referred to as a “face shield”, the printing data for the face shield was published for anyone to use on the professor’s website, in response to concerns of shortages, in light of the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“In Western countries, protective equipment has begun to run short, and the potential of how much the virus will spread in developing countries is apparent. We considered the need to create equipment in a cheap and simple method,” said Professor Nakajima.
Using a 3D printer, a frame made of resin is produced. A clear file folder is then attached between both ends of the frame, and worn over the face like a pair of glasses, protecting the face from respiratory droplets that may carry the virus. “CHARMANT”, a glasses manufacturing company in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, is offering its services to produce frames that will fit over the face. The cost of one frame will be between ¥100 and ¥300.
The printing data can be accessed here: http://www.project-engine.org