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Information about Novel Coronavirus(外国人向け)

更新日:2020年5月18日

(Updated: May 18, 2020)
The announcement was made by Fukuoka Prefectural Government as below.

Request to resident regarding to the lifting of the state of emergency

〇 Since the state of emergency was declared on April 7, the Fukuoka prefectural government has made various requests, such as refraining non-essential out and requested businesses to suspend operations, in order to prevent the spread of infection and ensure the medical care provision system. We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused during the state of emergency, but because many prefectural residents and businesses have given us their understanding and cooperation, and your thoughts and actions have led to this result. We would like to extend my sincere respect and gratitude again to all the medical workers who are struggling on the front lines, as well as to everyone who supports society in various fields.

○ Even though the state of emergency as been lifted in Fukuoka, this is not the end of it. While facing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), there is a need to raising levels in Socio-economic activities and this is a new beginning to be able to return to our normal lifestyle.

○ There are examples such as Hokkaido and other countries where a second wave of infections have hit. The awareness and behavior of every prefectural resident will be more crucial than ever. You’ll need to be fully prepared and take action to protect yourself, your family, those around you, and society.

○ For this, we will alleviate the refraining from going out and requests businesses to suspend operations until May 15, but we would like to ask prefectural residents and businesses to take the following measures.

(1)Going out ○Refrain from unnecessarily and urgently outings, to keep in mind of  “reducing contact with people by a 80%”. Especially, avoid going out to places where clusters have occurred, or places with "three Cs"

○Avoid unnecessarily travel across prefectures and to your hometown, including prefectures subject to the state of emergency

(2)Practice a new lifestyle Please practice the "new lifestyle" to prevent the spread of infections, such as (1) Social distancing, (2) Wear a mask, and (3) Hand washing, which are the three basics of infection prevention.
* "New lifestyle" means avoiding "three Cs", hand washing / disinfecting, masks, cough etiquette, social distancing, going out with a small number of people, facing each other during meals a new lifestyle that incorporates measures against splash infections, contact infections, and short-distance conversations.

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(Updated: May 7, 2020)
The announcement was made by Fukuoka Prefectural Government as below.
We ask for all Onojo residents and businesses for your understanding and cooperation.

May 4th, 2020
Fukuoka Prefectural Government

Today, the country has announced it will continue the state of emergency, from May 7th to 31st. A guideline was set for the 13 "specified warning prefectures” including this prefecture, to aim for a reduction of contact opportunities to a minimum of 70% and up to 80% as much as possible and to continuing the same efforts as before. For this reason and considering the opinions of experts and with the aim of ending this situation as soon as possible, the prefectural government will continue to extend the efforts it has implemented until May 31.

(1) Aside from essential outing, please refrain from nonessential outings,
*what defines essential outings, things such as going to the hospital, buying food, medical, daily necessities, attendance at work, exercise and walking outside.

(2) To avoid nonessential traveling, to not have people move across prefectures as much as possible to prevent spread.

(3) To avoid, poorly ventilated spaces, crowded spaces where people gather, and close contact of conversations are 3 conditions that reduces the risks of mass infection.

(4) Please wash your hands, use disinfections, wearing masks, practice coughing etiquette and to distance yourself with people.

(5) To refrain from events and gatherings that have poorly ventilated spaces, crowded spaces, and close contact which may lead to the spread of infection.

(6) To aim for 70% reduction of attendance at work by people working from home (telework), having staggered work hour, and to commute by bicycle to reduce contact with people.

(7) If you have symptoms like fever, cough, and or cold, and going to visit a general practitioner, please call and consult with them before visiting them.

(8) Cooperation with facility closures, etc.
Regarding to museums, art galleries, libraries, etc. To make a careful decision based on the infection status after a certain period (about two weeks) and to properly implement the infection prevention measures at each facility.

(Updated: April 11, 2020)
Persons infected with novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Onojo City.
We ask for your continued cooperation to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection.
 
(Updated: April 8, 2020)
【Important】About emergency measures

A state of emergency was declared for Fukuoka Prefecture on April 7, 2020. Responding to this, Fukuoka Prefecture is implementing emergency measures until May 6, 2020.

We request all Onojo residents to do the following below.

(Updated: April 3, 2020)
Fukuoka governor had a press conference on April 1 and asked the public to usually avoid going to crowded places as much as possible and refrain from going out  on weekends, April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19, unless absolutely necessary. The governor also asked to refrain from all but essential travel to areas where many infected people with novel coronavirus have been confirmed such as the Kanto and Kansai regions.

Novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China was reported in December 2019. Since then it spreads internationally. Infected people with novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Fukuoka Prefecture and the number is gradually increasing.
 

To Residents

Precaution is important. We ask you to do the same preventive measures like common colds and flu.

Preventive measures

  • Wash your hands well and frequently.
  • Follow "cough etiquette".
  • As to persons who have chronicle diseases and seniors, take extra precaution such as avoiding crowded areas.
  • Stay home from school and work if you have symptoms of common colds such as fever, etc.
  • Record your body temperature everyday if symptoms such as fever, etc. start.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a medical mask when coughing and sneezing. 
  • Cook meat and eggs thoroughly. 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory problems such as coughing and sneezing.

Avoid the “Three Cs”

  • 1. Closed spaces with poor ventilation.
  • 2. Crowded places with many people nearby.
  • 3. Close-contact settings such as close-range conversations.

The routes of transmission are generally through droplets and contacts. In addition, under certain circumstances, such as when talking to many people at a short distance in confined spaces, there is the risk of spreading the infection even without coughing or sneezing. Therefore please avoid the “Three Cs” as above.

As to consultation in foreign language, please contact the number below.

  • Multilingual Call Center Fukuoka Asian Medical Center
    Telephone:092-286-9595
  • Fukuoka Yokatoko Call Center
    Telephone:092-687-6639

‘Chikushi Health and Welfare Environment Office (Consultation center for those who return from China and have contact with the person with the symptoms of fever and respiratory problems)’ provides consultation service for the persons who may have been infected by novel coronavirus. If you have symptoms listed below, please contact ‘Chikushi Health and Welfare Environment Office’.

1. Persons who have symptoms of common colds and been having a fever of 37.5℃ or over for 4 days or more. 
*Including the case that you need to keep taking medicines to reduce your fever.
*As to persons who have *chronicle diseases and seniors, been having a fever of 37.5℃ or over for about 2 days. 
*Chronicle diseases such as diabetes, heart failure, respiratory diseases including COPD, etc, persons who undergo dialysis, persons who take immune suppressor drug, anticancer drug, etc.
2. Persons who are severely tired and have breathing difficulty.

Chikushi Health and Welfare Environment Office

  • Telephone:092-707-0524 *Weekday only 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Telephone:092-471-0264 *Night time, Saturday, Sunday and National Holiday

If it is suspected that you have been infected with novel coronavirus after the consultation, they will introduce the outpatient clinic for those who return from China and have contact with the person with the symptoms of fever and respiratory problems. When you visit the clinic, please wear a mask and avoid using public transportation. 

Consultation for Other General Things
Telephone Consultation Service by Fukuoka Prefecture

  • Telephone:092-643-3288
  • FAX:092-643-3331
  • Reception time:8:30am - 5:00pm *Weekday only

Telephone Consultation Service by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

  • Telephone:0120-565653 (Toll-free)
  • FAX:03-3595-2756
  • Reception time:9:00am - 9:00pm *Weekday, Saturday, Sunday and National Holiday

Related Information about Novel Coronavirus
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Fukuoka Prefecture

Information about New Coronavirus Provided by Fukuoka International Exchange Foundation

Information about Novel Coronavirus Provided by Council of Local Authorities for International Relations

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

For further information, please contact Local Culture and Industry Promotion Section.

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