Video Lessons Published for Children and Students During School Closures

Video Lessons Published for Children and Students During School Closures

In order to help children study during the temporary school closures, influenced by the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education has published “Fukui WAKUWAKU Lesson” (ふくいわくわく授業), a series of video lessons on YouTube.

In the video series, “Fukui WAKUWAKU Lesson”, the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education staff take on the role of instructors. For elementary and junior high school students, there are videos covering 4 subjects: Japanese language, arithmetic/mathematics, science, and English. For senior high school students, there are 3 subjects covered, which includes Japanese language, mathematics, and English. Each video is about 10 to 15 minutes in length. In a video, after a problem is presented, learners can pause the video and attempt to solve the problem.

On YouTube, a video-sharing site, broadcasting begins from April 14th. The series will be broadcast on cable television within the prefecture from April 20th, at the earliest.

For children who are unable to watch the videos on either YouTube or cable television, the Fukui Prefectural Board of Education will distribute the series on DVD, to ensure as many children as possible can have the opportunity to learn.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128066&page=1

Highway Bus and Fixed-Route Bus Service Suspended or Reduced, due to Spreading Infection

Highway Bus and Fixed-Route Bus Service Suspended or Reduced, due to Spreading Infection

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.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128009&page=1

Novel Coronavirus, 4 New Cases

Novel Coronavirus, 4 New Cases

Fukui Prefectural Hospital, 81 Tested Negative

On April 13th, Fukui Prefecture reported 4 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Furthermore, it was reported that 81 medical personnel and patients, connected with a Fukui Prefectural Hospital nurse infected with COVID-19, underwent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and tested negative.

On April 12th, the Fukui Prefectural Hospital reported that a female nurse, in her 40s, had been infected with COVID-19. Up to April 13th, among the 99 medical personnel and patients who had close interactions with the nurse, 81 had taken a PCR test and all have tested negative for the virus. The status of the remaining 18 people will be reported at a later time.

In addition, according to Fukui Prefecture, there has been a confirmation of 4 new COVID-19 cases across Sabae City, Sakai City, and Fukui City, of men and women ranging from their 30s to 60s.

Within the prefecture, the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 92, with 5 patients currently in serious condition.

Brief details of the 89th through to the 92nd cases are as follows:

[89] Sakai City independent businessman, in his 60s

[90] Fukui City male company employee, in his 60s

[91] Sabae City female restaurant employee, in her 30s

[92] Sakai City female company employee, in her 40s

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128017&page=1

Novel Coronavirus, Fukui Prefectural Hospital Nurse Infected

Novel Coronavirus, Fukui Prefectural Hospital Nurse Infected

Nurse Stationed at the Infectious Disease Ward

On April 12th, the Fukui Prefectural Hospital reported that a registered female nurse, in her 40s, had been infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The nurse had worked in the infectious disease ward, as well as the general ward, of the hospital from April 1st. On the 6th, she had a headache after work. On the 8th, she experienced a fever; because the fever had continued to persist, the nurse took a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on April 11th, upon which she tested positive for COVID-19.

It has been confirmed that the nurse had close interactions with 56 medical personnel and 45 patients; one of the medical personnel and two of the patients, who experienced fevers, took a PCR test and confirmed negative for the virus. PCR tests for the other close contacts are being carried out, and expected to be completed by the early morning of April 13th.

The Fukui Prefectural Hospital will continue to receive COVID-19 patients, administer care and emergency treatment, and examine outpatients; however, the general ward, where the infected nursed had worked in, will cease accepting new patients for 10 days.

In Fukui Prefecture, on April 12th, a Fukui City male company executive, in his 60s, was discovered to be infected with COVID-19. Within the prefecture, the total number of confirmed cases has risen to 88.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=128006&page=1

While the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is Temporarily Closed

While the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is Temporarily Closed

Researchers Publish Videos on Their Favourite Specimens

Although the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is temporarily closed, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), researchers at the museum have published videos on the internet, talking about their favourite specimens.

The project is so that children who love dinosaurs can have a museum experience while staying at home. There are fifteen roughly 3-minute videos in the series, of a researcher talking about their favourite or most recommended specimen. In addition, there are also videos of researchers and reporters going around exhibits unveiled as recently as April 4th, including the skull of a Brachiosaurus and a complete skeleton of a Probactrosaurus.

“We wish for visitors, who plan to visit, to learn about the highlights of this museum” said a Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum researcher.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=127855&page=1