January 13th Report
On January 13th, Fukui Prefecture reported 3 new COVID-19 infections, bringing its cumulative total to 402 cases.
Brief details of each case are as follow:
 Sabae City female dental clinic staff (50s)
On January 9th, the woman experienced chills and joint pain. On the 11th, she went to a medical institution for an examination, and to have a biological sample taken. On the 12th, PCR test results showed positive for COVID-19. She has no history of travel outside prefecture during the two-week period prior to the onset of symptoms.
 Fukui City male company employee (20s)
On January 9th, the man had a cough and chills. On the 12th, he experienced a fever of 37.7°C, and visited a medical institution for an examination, and to have a biological sample taken. He had stayed in Yamaguchi Prefecture from December 31st to January 2nd.
 Fukui City male company employee (20s)
On January 7th, the mad had a sore throat. On the 12th, he experienced a fever of 37.9°C, and visited a medical institution for an examination, and to have a biological sample taken; PCR test results showed positive for COVID-19. He had stayed in Tokyo from December29th to January 6th.
Sources: https://www.pref.fukui.lg.jp/doc/kenkou/corona/jyoukyou_d/fil/210113.pdf; https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1241434
Sabae’s Nishiyama Zoo, Public Appearance Scheduled for October
At Nishiyama Zoo, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, a baby male lesser panda (also known as “red pandas”) was born. Other than feeding on his mother’s milk, the baby lesser panda currently spends most of its time sleeping, and is scheduled to make his public appearance around October.
“Kanoko”, the mother lesser panda, is four years old and gave birth on the morning of June 27th; the father “Taiyo” is seven years old. Last March, for the purpose of breeding, the lesser pandas were transported to Nishiyama Zoo from Tokyo’s Tama Zoological Park; it was the first time for Kanoko to give birth.
The baby lesser panda does not yet have a coat patterned with brown, white, and black, characteristic of lesser pandas, but is covered with a cream colour. When measurements were taken on July 29th, the baby lesser panda weighed 930 grams, measured 25 centimetres along the head and torso, and had a tail length of 13 centimetres. At this time, the lesser panda’s sex was identified as male.
According to the city, after giving birth, Kanoko became temperamental; the zookeepers are taking care not to approach the baby lesser panda more than necessary. Last year, Nishiyama Zoo also accommodated the birth of twin lesser pandas. Now, the zoo has a total of 14 lesser pandas.
July 14th, All Close Contacts Tested Negative at Present
On July 14th, Fukui Prefecture reported no new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. Furthermore, one close contact of the prefecture’s 123rd COVID-19 case, of a Fukui City male company executive, has been confirmed negative for the virus. At present, excluding the prefecture’s 124th COVID-19 case, of a Fukui City female, four close contacts have all tested negative for COVID-19.
July 13th COVID-19 Report, Both Family Members Stayed in Tokyo Together
On July 13th, Fukui Prefecture reported a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) case of an unemployed Fukui City woman in her 20s. The woman is a family member living the same residence as the prefecture’s 123rd COVID-19 case, reported on July 12th, of a Fukui City male company executive in his 30s. As a close contact, the woman underwent a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, and was confirmed with the virus. Both had stayed and travelled together in Tokyo from June 29th to July 9th.
In Tokyo from June 29th to July 9th, Male Company Executive
Within Fukui Prefecture, by July 12th, there has been confirmation of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection of a Fukui City male company executive in his 30s. The man had stayed in Tokyo from June 29th until July 9th.
The Fukui City man had close contact with two family members, living in the same household. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are being arranged. Whether there has been any other close contacts is currently being investigated by the Fukui City Health Care Centre.
Referring to the newly confirmed COVID-19 case within the prefecture, Fukui Prefectural Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto released a statement, “Regarding travel to areas with numerous cases of COVID-19, such as the Tokyo area, we wish for all to exercise careful deliberation before doing so; an in cases where travel is involved, to the best of your abilities, we ask to avoid establishments that may carry the risk of generating an infection cluster.”