Phone Conversation Between Fukui Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture Governors, In Case COVID-19 Situation Worsens Within Ishikawa
On May 11th, Fukui Prefecture Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto had a phone conversation with Ishikawa Prefecture Governor Masanori Tanimoto, regarding the recent spike in COVID-19 cases within Ishikawa Prefecture. In a situation where emergency medical care becomes difficult to manage, Governor Sugimoto expressed the idea of taking in emergency medical patients from Ishikawa Prefecture to be treated at the Fukui Prefectural Hospital.
On May 10th, Ishikawa Prefecture reported its record daily high of 50 new COVID-19 infections. On the same day, resources were further strained with hospital beds designated for COVID-19 patients reaching 81.5% occupancy. During April, the prefecture increased the amount of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by 100, expressing it has affected general medical care.
According to Fukui Prefecture, Governor Tanimoto requested on the phone, “We are currently holding our ground. But in case the situation worsens, we wish for your assistance”. Responding to this, Governor Sugimoto offered support by taking in emergency medical patients.
According to the Fukui Prefecture Regional Medical Department, patients from Ishikawa Prefecture will be transported via ambulance. In the case where the patient is diagnosed with COVID-19, first taking in consideration the hospital bed occupancy within the prefecture and the patient’s symptoms, Fukui Prefecture will provide medical care to the best of its capacity.
Mountain’s First Snowfall, 11 Days Sooner Than Previous Year
On October 17th, Mount Haku (with an elevation of 2702 metres), which spans across Fukui and Ishikawa prefectures, saw its first blanket of snow leading towards the upcoming winter season. The snowy peaks would be seen from within Fukui City. According to the Kanazawa Local Meteorological Office, snow has settled on the mountain 11 days sooner than the previous year, although in line with the average year.
On this day, Fukui Prefecture saw clouds and rain due to the low-pressure system and humid atmosphere. According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, with an atmosphere of low resistance towards the incoming cold air, the highest temperatures seen across all 10 observation sites were 3.5⁰C to 7.5⁰C lower than the average year, comparable to November temperatures.
On October 18th, a high-pressure system will cover the areas within Fukui Prefecture. Due to radiative cooling during the early morning, temperatures are predicted to fall below 10⁰C, making for extreme temperature differences throughout the day.
JR West Kanazawa Branch, Limited Express and Shinkansen Ridership During 2020 Obon Holidays
On August 18th, Japan Rail (JR) West Kanazawa Branch Office released the ridership records for the Limited Express and Shinkansen trains during this year’s Obon holiday period (August 7th – 17th). Throughout the whole period, there were approximately 164 thousand passengers, 23% of last year’s figures during the same holiday period, the lowest numbers seen since the opening of the Kanazawa extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line.
The number of passengers on the Limited Express trains were approximately 86 thousand, 24% of last year’s figures, and the numbers on the Shinkansen trains were approximately 78 thousand, 23% of last year’s numbers. The train with the highest passenger rate was the Thunderbird 92, on August 16th, at 63% capacity. The JR West Kanazawa Branch Office explained, “The continuous spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection was a huge influence. We will consider the operation schedule going forward, based on the ridership conditions from hereon.”
Ishikawa Prefecture’s Komatsu City, Employee Did Not Enter Specialty Store Areas
On August 18th, AEON MALL Shin-Komatsu (located in Ishikawa Prefecture’s Komatsu City) announced on its website that an employee working at AEON STYLE Shin-Komatsu tested positive for the novel coronvirus (COVID-19) infection. According to the mall, it is verifiable that the employee has not entered through the specialty store areas.
Upon receiving notice of the positive COVID-19 infection, AEON MALL Shin-Komatsu carried out a full cleaning and disinfection operation of the whole mall, including the sale areas and communal spaces, from 10:00 p.m. of August 17th until the early morning of the 18th; on August 18th, the mall operated on regular hours.
The mall stated on its website, “We have caused worry to our clients; however, we will continue to place the safety of our clients and staff at the utmost priority, and to remain diligent in implementing infection countermeasures.”
AEON MALL Shin-Komatsu has a floor space of approximately 128 thousand square metres, with the sale areas measuring at a total of approximately 63 thousand square metres. Located just six kilometres away from the Komatsu Interchange, along the Hokuriku Expressway, the mall is frequented by many Fukui Prefecture residents.
JR-West Kanazawa Branch, COVID-19 Countermeasure
On June 17th, the Kanazawa branch of the West Japan Railway Company (JR-West) addressed to news media that trains operating within the Hokuriku area (excluding Shinkansen trains) are undergoing antiviral and antibacterial treatment at the Kanazawa Consolidated Railyard (in Hakusan City, Ishikawa Prefecture), as part of the infection countermeasures against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and the like.
Of the 431 trains under the branch’s jurisdiction, 222 limited-express trains are expected to complete the treatment process by the end of July; up to now, approximately 25% of the trains have completed the process. After the limited-express trains, the regular trains will undergo the same treatment.
On this day, JR-West employees were performing antiviral and antibacterial operations, including spraying disinfectant on handles, tables, and seats. Parts that are more frequently touched and handled by passengers are sprayed over twice. The antiviral and antibacterial effects will last for 3 to 5 years, and also has deodorizing and mould-preventing properties.