July 19th Report, No Infection Among Elementary School Bus Passengers
On July 19th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Up until 9:00 a.m. of the same day, 108 new polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results were verified as negative for COVID-19.
According to Fukui Prefecture, 42 of the 44 Sakai City elementary school students who rode the school bus operated by the Keifuku Bus driver (in his 50s), who had been infected with COVID-19, had their biological samples taken on July 18th, and was confirmed as negative for the virus.
Seven Close Contacts of Infected Keifuku Bus Driver, Including Colleagues, Tested Negative for COVID-19
On July 18th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. On July 17th, a male bus driver (from Sakai City, in his 50s), employed by the Keifuku Bus company (headquartered in Sakai City) was reported to be infected with COVID-19; the bus driver’s seven close contacts underwent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, with the results showing negative for COVID-19.
July 17th Report, Experienced Fatigue on the 11th
On July 17th, it was reported that a male bus driver working for the Keifuku Bus company was confirmed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection; on July 11th, the man experienced fatigue, followed by a fever on the evening of the 13th. He had visited a medical institution for an examination on the 13th, but received a diagnosis that stated no particular abnormalities. After some time, his body temperature had returned to normal levels; however, on July 16th, he underwent a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which showed positive for COVID-19 on the morning of the 17th.
In addition to the school bus (servicing Takaboko Elementary School in Sakai City), the bus driver had operated several other route buses. The route buses he had operated during July 9th through July 12th are as follows:
- Kawanishi-Mikuni line (川西三国線)
- Gakuen line (学園線)
- Echizen Kaigan BLUE LINE (越前海岸ブルーライン)
- Owada-Maruoka line (大和田丸岡線)
- Shimizu GREEN LINE (清水グリーンライン)
- Undo Koen line (towards Michimori); (運動公園線 [道守先])
- Maruoka line (丸岡線)
- Jingaoka line (陣ケ岡線)
- Kanazu-Honjo line (金津本荘線)
- Uzura-Mikuni line (鶉三国線)
- Prefectural Hospital-Maruoka line (県立病院丸岡線)
The Keifuku Bus company provided the details in a press conference at the Fukui Prefectural Office on July 17th.
Fukui Prefecture Report, Seven Close Contacts, Including Keifuku Bus Colleagues
In a press conference on July 17th, Fukui Prefecture reported that a male Keifuku Bus driver (in his 50s) was confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. There has been a total of seven close contacts, which includes six colleagues within the same company, and one family member living in the same residence.
Furthermore, regarding the children who rode on the school bus operated by the Keifuku Bus driver, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will be carried out, as per the wishes of the parents and guardians. The tests will also be offered during the weekend.
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.