Nishiyama Park, Some Restrictions Lifted

Nishiyama Park, Some Restrictions Lifted

Walks Within Park Allowed

Sabae City’s Nishiyama Park, which has been prohibiting entry as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), has lifted some restrictions, allowing for walks within the park.

As a response against the spread of COVID-19, Nishiyama Park has prohibited entry since April 21st; however, from May 21st, it has become possible to take walks within the park. Despite the chilly climate, people could be seen taking their strolls, immediately from the morning.

Furthermore, visiting the park for long periods of time or for sightseeing are still prohibited; Nishiyama Zoo, within the park, and Michi-no-Eki “Nishiyama Park”, adjacent to the park, will remain closed for the time being.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=129106&page=1

Fifty-Thousand Azaleas Pruned Before Its Bloom

Fifty-Thousand Azaleas Pruned Before Its Bloom

A Painful Decision to Avoid Crowding

In order to prevent the yearly crowds of people eager to see Nishiyama Park’s 50,000 azaleas in full bloom, Sabae City has taken an exceptional measure to prune the flowers before it blooms.

Nishiyama Park is famous for its approximately 50,000 azaleas. During the Golden Week period, roughly two-hundred-thousand people from within and around Fukui Prefecture would visit for the annual “Sabae Azalea Festival” (さばえつつじまつり). However, with the beautiful flowers in bloom, there is a danger of visitors crowding together, wanting to see the azaleas; with this in mind, Sabae City made the painful decision to prune the azaleas before it begins blooming, an operation that usually occurs well after the flowers have fully blossomed. Pruning will be carried out from April 22nd to the 28th.

Furthermore, as a measure to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Nishiyama Park will be closed form April 21st to May 10th.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128405&page=1

Hotel Secured for COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms

Hotel Secured for COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms

Novel Coronavirus Countermeasure

On April 20th, Fukui Prefecture reported one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the prefecture a total of 113 confirmed cases. At the same time, in a response to the strain being experienced by medical care facilities, a hotel has been requisitioned for COVID-19 patients currently under treatment, who are only experiencing mild symptoms.

According to Fukui Prefecture, the newly confirmed COVID-19 case is of a Fukui City female company employee in her 40s. The infection route is currently unknown and undergoing investigation. This bring the total number of confirmed cases within the prefecture to 113, with 5 COVID-19 related deaths up to this point. 27 patients have been discharged from the hospital; however, 4 patients are in serious condition, and are continuing to receive treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU).

It has been disclosed that for the COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or are only experiencing mild symptoms, the Fukui Phoenix Hotel (located in central Fukui City) has agreed to offer itself as a temporary medical treatment facility; securing 80 hospital beds within the hotel, it will be established as a medical facility from April 24th. Combined with the public facilities already operating for COVID-19 treatment, a total of 115 hospital beds is now secured for patients with mild symptoms.

In a hypothetical situation where the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare does not execute any COVID-19 countermeasures, the number of infections within Fukui Prefecture was calculated to peak at 1,450. With this in min, the prefecture is aiming to secure a total of 500 hospital beds, one-third of the hypothetical peak, by setting up beds designated for COVID-19 patients, and temporary residence facilities.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128330&page=1

Novel Coronavirus, Total of 5 COVID-19 Related Deaths in Fukui Prefecture

Novel Coronavirus, Total of 5 COVID-19 Related Deaths in Fukui Prefecture

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.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128267&page=1

“Declaration of a State of Emergency” Across Japan

“Declaration of a State of Emergency” Across Japan

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.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128242&page=1