Upon Confirmation of Infection Case, Postponed Until At Least April 2nd
On March 19th, upon the confirmation of a person infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within Fukui Prefecture’s Fukui City, the Fukui City Board of Education sent a notice to all elementary and junior high schools in the city, in which the resumption of school attendance and club activities is to be further postponed until at least April 2nd.
On March 11th, the municipal board of education had sent out a notice stating, from March 25th, when the school closures were to end upon entering the spring break, principals were given the freedom to resume attendance and club activities at their discretion, for their respective schools. Up until the 18th, nineteen elementary schools and twenty-four junior high schools had planned to resume attendance. As for April 2nd and onward, decisions will be based on the situation during that time.
During the early morning of March 19th, at the Fukui City Hall, Fukui City Mayor Shin’ichi Higashimura addressed the press corp, emphasizing that everything will be done to prevent the spread of the virus, and requesting the public to “remain composed, just as we have been doing so up to now.”
In April 2019, Fukui City transitioned into a core city, and transferred the management of its health care centre from prefectural to municipal, thus bearing the responsibility of infection control measures within the city. City Mayor Higashiyama expressed that “identifying the infection route is a major task” and will proceed in cooperation with the prefecture.
According to Kenji Goto, chief of the Fukui City Health Care Centre, the infected male company official did not have interactions with a large number of people, and had wore a mask while commuting and during his visit at a medical institution stating, “At present, the possibility of further infection is low.”