November 10th Report, COVID-19
On November 10th, Fukui Prefecture reported 4 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, of a Fukui City male company employee (20s), a Fukui City female company employee (20s), a Sabae City female student (10s), and an Awara City independent businessman (30s).
The female student (10s) from Sabae City attends the Fukui City high school which reported several COVID-19 infections on November 9th. On the 9th, a biological sample was taken; PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test results showed positive for COVID-19. The student has no history of travel outside Fukui Prefecture during the past two weeks, and is currently asymptomatic. She has two close contacts of family members living within the same residence.
The Fukui City male company employee (20s) had spent some time in Aichi Prefecture during November 1st to 3rd; the Fukui City female company employee (20s) is a close contact. The man experienced fatigue throughout his body on the 4th, and a fever of 38⁰C on the 7th. On the 9th, he went to a medical institution for an examination and to have a biological sample taken; PCR test results showed positive for COVID-19. The Fukui City female company employee (20s) experienced a fever of 38.2⁰C, fatigue, and joint paint on the 9th. She visited a medical institution for an examination on the 10th, and had a biological sample taken; PCR test results showed positive for COVID-19. The woman’s recent travel history is currently under investigation. Both have entered hospitalization at a medical institution designated for infectious diseases.
The Awara City independent businessman (30s) experienced a fever of 37.3⁰C and fatigue on November 7th, and went to a medical institution for an examination on the same day. On the 9th, he went to a medical institution for a re-examination and to have a biological sample taken. PCR test results on the 10th showed positive for COVID-19, and subsequently entered hospitalization at a medical institution designated for infectious diseases. He has no history of travel outside of Fukui Prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms. He has two close contacts, of a colleague and an acquaintance.
Fukui Prefecture has a cumulative total of 266 COVID-19 cases.
Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/201110.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1202580
Fukui Prefecture’s Hot Spring Resorts, Until May 6th
In response to the Japanese government’s urgent request for tourist hotels to restrict business operations, fifteen ryokans and hotels within Fukui Prefecture’s Awara City, all of which are part of the Awara Onsen Association, have decided to close down from April 26th to May 6th.
Upon receiving the request from the government, Awara Onsen Association executives held a conference, and arrived at a consensus to suspend business for all facilities until the end of Golden Week. Customers who made reservations were contacted and notified. According to the association, a majority of the facilities will continue to be closed until around May 20th.
“We absolutely do not want any more infections to come out of Awara Onsen, and thus we cannot operate during these uncertain times. Every hotel and ryokan has come together to put the lives and safety of our customers and staff at the highest priority,” said Awara Onsen Association Board Chairman Kazuyuki Ito, on the official notice of closing down lodging facilities, and the objective to curb the travel of people during the holidays.
Hokuriku Shinkansen Track Construction Has Begun
With the opening of the Kanazawa-Tsuruga extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line approaching in three years, the construction site within Fukui City has begun a full-scale operation on installing the Shinkansen rail lines.
Up until recently, along the elevated bridge within Fukui City’s Takayanagi district, approximately one kilometre of rail has been temporarily put in place using cranes and manpower; but from April 7th, a specialized machine will be used to set the rails. The machine, specially built by Nippon Steel’s Kyushu Steel Works (located in Fukuoka Prefecture), can extend a rail of 200 metres.
On April 7th, approximately 30 metres of track was set. According to the Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency, which is responsible for the construction of the Shinkansen railway, a full-scale operation on rail installation between Kanazawa and Tsuruga will begin from April, with the railway being extended by 600 metres each day.
Within Fukui Prefecture, the Hokuriku Shinkansen line between Awara City and Tsuruga City is approximately 75 kilometres, with track installation scheduled to finish by spring 2022.
April 1 Report, Eighth Consecutive Day of Infection Case Confirmations
On April 1st, Fukui Prefecture reported that an Awara City company employee in his fifties is infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The man had come in close contact with the prefecture’s first confirmed COVID-19 case, of a Fukui City company executive in his fifties; both are employees in the same company. It was the first COVID-19 case confirmed in Awara City. Within the prefecture, the number of cases have risen to twenty-one, with eight consecutive days of COVID-19 case confirmations.
The Awara City company employee was in charge of the secretarial duties for the Fukui City company executive, who had tested positive for the virus on March 18th; from the 20th, the company employee had entered self-isolation at home, as a person who had come in close contact with someone carrying the virus. On March 27th, he experienced a fever of 37.8⁰C, and tested positive for the virus through a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on the 31st. Though he had a fever, his symptoms are light. During the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, he had not been outside the prefecture. It is believed that he had not come in close contact with anyone else.
Among the confirmed cases up to this point, three people, a Fukui City independent businessman (70s; tested positive on March 25th), an Echizen City company employee (50s; tested positive on the 27th), and an Echizen City company executive (50s; tested positive on the 28th), have been in serious condition. The condition of the Echizen City company executive (50s) has been continuing to worsen.
Among the twenty-one COVID-19 cases within the prefecture, excluding the 20th case (of a Fukui City company employee in his forties), all twenty people had some connection with each other, by either having eaten at the same restaurant, dining together, or riding in the same car, creating one infection cluster, as presumed by Fukui Prefecture. Through the accumulated information through investigations, there has been new confirmation in which 7 people (4 work associates, 3 acquaintances) had come in close contact with the prefecture’s 14th COVID-19 case, of a Fukui City company executive in his forties. In an effort to prevent further spread of the infection, there is a rush to gather information in order to see a full portrait of the situation.
Event Scheduled for May 17th in Awara City
In the midst of the continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a decision was made to suspend the “17th Trim Marathon” (jointly sponsored by Fukui Prefecure’s Awara City, the Awara City Board of Education, the Awara City Sports Association, and Fukui Shimbun), which was scheduled to take place on May 17th. Awara City made the announcement on March 31st.
In last year’s Trim Marathon, there were 1,971 participants. For this year’s marathon, there were 115 entrants. The entry fee will be refunded. Regarding the reason for the first time this event was suspended, Awara City stated, “We have determined that it will be difficult to guarantee the safety of the runners, city volunteers, and operational staff.”
Inquiries, including regarding refunds, can be made through the Awara City Sports Department through phone: 0776 (73) 8043.