Sixteen Cities and Towns In Fukui Prefecture, Resumption of Classes Postponed

Sixteen Cities and Towns In Fukui Prefecture, Resumption of Classes Postponed

For Echizen Town, Postponed Until April 20th

By April 6th, in response to the requests received by Tatsuji Sugimoto, governor of Fukui Prefecture, to continue the temporary school closures until after Golden Week, in light of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the board of education of 16 cities and towns (excluding Echizen Town) have decided to postpone the resumption of elementary and junior high school classes until at least May 7th. The Echizen Town Board of Education has plans to resume classes from April 20th. The school entrance ceremonies for 12 municipal districts have also been postponed until at least May 7th. In Echizen Town, Ikeda Town, Oi Town, and Takahama Town, the entrance ceremonies were carried out on April 6th. Tsuruga City is scheduled to hold its school entrance ceremonies on April 8th.

On April 6th, the board of education in Katsuyama City, Ono City, and Minamiechizen Town made the decision to postpone the resumption of classes until at least May 7th. The Echizen Town Board of Education expressed in a statement, “We wish to make a judgement closer to April 20th, whether or not to resume classes from that day or to further postpone it.”

On April 6th, the decision to postpone the entrance ceremonies was made by the board of education of Fukui City, Katsuyama City, Ono City, Obama City, Eiheiji Town, Minamiechizen Town, and Mihama Town; including 4 municipalities who have already made the decision, this brings a total of 12 towns and cities to postpone towards the same day.

With the entrance ceremonies being carried out on April 8th, the Tsuruga City Board of Education said in a statement, “The Municipal Tsuruga Hospital has verified that, with thorough implementation of infection prevention measures, such as wearing masks and room ventilation, holding the ceremony should post no problems.”

Regarding the postponement of entrance ceremonies in Fukui City, a mother (aged 44) of a new first-year elementary student expressed, “Because the reopening of schools has been postponed, it was good that the same has been done for the entrance ceremonies.” Another mother (aged 35) spoke with anxiety, “I had hoped that the entrance ceremony would be carried out, as a break from this situation. With an increasing gap between graduation from kindergarten and starting elementary school, it might take a long time (for children) to get used to school.”

According to the Prefectural University Private School Department, 9 private junior and senior high schools have suspended its entrance ceremonies, while others have postponed it until at least May 7th. All private schools will resume classes from the same day.

Concerning the entrance ceremonies of public kindergartens and nursery schools, the response has been divided between carrying out the ceremony as scheduled or postponing it.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1063084

Suspension of the Hanahasu Early Morning Marathon

Suspension of the Hanahasu Early Morning Marathon

Minamiechizen Town, an Effect of the Novel Coronavirus

In the midst of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a decision was made to suspend the “16th Hanahasu Early Morning Marathon” (jointly sponsored by Fukui Prefecture’s Minamiechizen Town, the Minamiechizen Town Board of Education, the Minamiechizen Town Sports Association, and Fukui Shimbun), which was scheduled for July 5th. Minamiechizen Town made the announcement on March 31st.

This has been the second time the marathon was suspended, with the first being in 2018, due to the effects of a heat wave. This year, entrant applications were intended to being during the last part of April.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1058995

Total of Twenty Novel Coronavirus Cases in Fukui Prefecture

Total of Twenty Novel Coronavirus Cases in Fukui Prefecture

March 31 Report, Seventh Consecutive day of Infection Confirmations

On March 31st, Fukui Prefecture reported five new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Along with three cases in Fukui City, one case in Sakai City and one case in Minamiechizen Town has been confirmed. Within the prefecture, the number of cases has reached twenty. With the seventh consecutive day of COVID-19 case confirmations, five cases in one day has been the highest rate of confirmations.

Of the five cases are [1] a Fukui City female restaurant employee/dental assistant (30s; symptom outbreak on March 18th; close contact with 10 people), [2] a Fukui City male company employee (20s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; investigation in-progress), [3] a Sakai City independent businessman (60s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; close contact with 1 person), [4] a Minamiechizen Town unemployed female (60s; symptom outbreak on the 27th; close contact with 1 person), and [5] a Fukui City male company employee (40s; symptom outbreak on the 22nd; close contact with 2 people). The first four listed experienced mild symptoms, while the fifth case experienced more serious symptoms, with a form of pneumonia and difficulty breathing. The third listed had no underlying conditions.

During March 17th and 19th, while the Fukui City restaurant employee [1] was working, serving customers, six men (ages ranging from 50s through 60s) who had been infected with COVID-19 had eaten at the restaurant. Hiroyuki Kubota, chief of the Prefectural Health and Welfare Department, explained, “(Regarding the infection route), there appears to be some some connections between the various cases.” After symptoms had risen, the restaurant employee [1] had worked in the restaurant for three days, and in the dental clinic for seven days. Of the approximately 20 restaurant employees, 2 patrons, and 7 dental clinic staff the restaurant employee [1] had close contact with, none have shown any symptoms. The restaurant and dental clinic are currently closed.

The Fukui City company employee [2] had met with an Echizen City independent businessman (50s; 7th COVID-19 case, confirmed on March 27th) through work on the 21st. During the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms, the Fukui City company employee [5] had been to Kyoto Prefecture on a business trip during March 11th and 12th.

Up to this point, the prefecture has seen some connections between the infected persons, to be able to see one large cluster of infections; however, Chief Kubota explained, “(The Fukui City company employee [5]) had many interactions with people outside the prefecture; there is a possibility this case has not interacted with (the cluster) we have had up to now.”

For seven consecutive days, there have been 19 confirmed infection cases. Regarding the situation, in which the numbers have been increasing with each passing day, Chief Kubota expressed, “Working within the premise that the cases are connected to form one cluster, we have been focusing our investigation into those who have had close contact with already confirmed cases; and thus, there will be a tendency for these numbers to rise. Therefore, we believe this situation is different from the notion in which the virus has been spreading. We wish for the citizens of the prefecture to continue to maintain composure, and act accordingly.”

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1059360

Fukui City, Sakai City, Minamiechizen Town: Five COVID-19 Infections

Fukui City, Sakai City, Minamiechizen Town: Five COVID-19 Infections

Novel Coronavirus, 16th to 20th Cases within Fukui Prefecture

On March 31st, Fukui Prefecture reported the 16th to 20th confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of five people across Fukui City, Sakai City, and Minamiechizen Town.

[16th] Fukui City woman in her 30s; restaurant employee and dental assistant

[17th] Fukui City man in his 20s; company employee

[18th] Sakai City man in his 60s; independent business owner

[19th] Minamiechizen Town woman in her 60s; unemployed

[20th] Fukui City man in his 40s; company employee

Those of the 16th, 17th, and 18th cases have had some contact with previously confirmed COVID-19 cases. Concerning the 19th case, during the two week period before the onset of symptoms, the woman had no history of travel outside the prefecture. For the 20th case, the man had stayed in Kyoto on March 11th and 12th.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1058569

This Season’s New Low, Fukui City at 0.7˚C

This Season’s New Low, Fukui City at 0.7˚C

Ono City at -1.3˚C, Minami-Echizen Also Below Freezing

On November 29, Fukui Prefecture became much colder, due to the effects of the winter pressure pattern, and the high-altitude cold air. Ono City saw -1.3˚C, and Minami-Echizen was at -1.1˚C. Fukui City also reached a low of 0.7˚C, which is the average temperature during the end of the year.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, until 8:00 a.m. on the 29th, each region saw its seasonal low; Mikuni in Sakai City at 2.1˚C, Harue is Sakai City at 0.7˚C, Koshino in Fukui city at 4.4˚C, Fukui City at 0.7˚C, Katsuyama City at -0.6˚C, Ono City at -1.3˚C, Imajo in Minamiechizen Town at -1.1˚C, Tsuruga City at 6.3˚C, Mihama Town at 4.0˚C, and Obama City at 4.5˚C. The Reihoku region and Mihama town saw the current season’s temperature lows.

According to the Fukui Local Meteorological Office, the temperature highs for November 29th were predicted at 10˚C for Fukui City, 9˚C for Ono City, and 11˚C for Tsuruga City. For November 30th, the temperature lows are expected to be 4˚C for Fukui City, 2˚C for Ono City, and 6˚C for Tsuruga City.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/983132