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Information about Novel Coronavirus(外国人向け)

更新日:2020年8月3日

(Updated: August 3, 2020)
A message from the Governor regarding to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections

July 30th,2020  Fukuoka Prefectural Government

○ Over 100 COVID-19 cases in Fukuoka prefecture in a single day. We must prevent this infection from spreading even more. Once again, I ask for the cooperation of the prefectural residents and businesses.

1. For prefectural residents, to be very conscience of your actions and think that you might be infected and to be conscience to “not infect people” and “not get infected from people”.

(1) For outings, on the basis of your health conditions to check the infection situation of your destination, the prevention measures the facility has, and judge on the necessity of the outing. Especially, infections from restaurants with close contact standout. Please refrain from going to places where they lack preventative measures.  Also infections from dining is increasing. Please refrain from dinging and going out for drinks in large groups.

(2) Also when you go out, please follow the use of masks, washing your hands, physical distancing, and avoiding the 3Cs.

(3) Recently, about 60% of the infection are youths in their 20s and 30s and most of them are asymptomatic people. Especially, for youths to not spread it to elderly who will have serious symptoms, people with preexisting conditions, children and to follow request from above.

2. If you are sure that you are infected, then please follow the request of hospitalization and accommodation from the health centers swiftly.

3.  For all business owners.

(1) To take the necessary preventative measures from the industry specific guidelines. Especially restaurants with close contact needs to take the necessary preventative measures.

(2) To also have the Prefectural Government’s sticker and such displayed so visitors and customers can understand it.

○ Finally, please register the COCOA smartphone application to receive for more information on infection cases or the possibility of encountering infected.

(Updated: July 27, 2020)
The announcement was made by Fukuoka Prefectural Government as below.
We ask for all Onojo residents and businesses for your understanding and cooperation.

July 23, 2020 Fukuoka Prefectural Government

Request to all prefectural residents

○Recently, new cases of COVID-19 infections are rapidly spreading. If the infections continue to spread and it becomes difficult for medical intuitions to handle the cases, then we would have to request business to cooperate and close their business again. This is another crucial period.
“We have to do whatever it takes to stop spreading this” and it will depend on everyone’s consciousness and action.

1. For prefectural residents, to be very conscience of your actions and think that you might be infected and also conscience to “not infect people” and “not get infected from people”

(1) For outings, on the basis of your health conditions to check the infection situation of your destination, the prevention measures the facility has, and judge on the necessity of the outing. Especially, infections from restaurants with close contact standout. Please refrain from going to places where they lack preventative measures.

(2) Also when you go out, please follow the use of masks, washing your hands, social distancing, and avoiding the 3Cs.

2. Next for all business owners.

(1) To take the necessary preventative measures from the industry specific guidelines. Especially restaurants with close contact need to take the necessary preventative measures.

(2) To also have it displayed so visitors and customers will understand it.

○Recently, about 50% of the infection are youths in their 20s and 30s and most of them are asymptomatic people. Especially, for youths to not spread it to elderly who will have serious symptoms, people with preexisting conditions, children who just got to start school again and to follow request from above. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

(Updated: June 23, 2020)
The announcement was made by Fukuoka Prefectural Government as below.
We ask for all Onojo residents and businesses for your understanding and cooperation.

June 17, 2020 Fukuoka Prefectural Government

Responses of Fukuoka Prefecture after a state of emergency is lifted (from June 19)

   Fukuoka Prefecture, based on the state of infection after the lifting of the state of emergency on May 14, decided to mitigate its infection control measures from June 1, for its cities excepting Kitakyushu City. We have requested Kitakyushu City, where a rapid increase of the number of infected residents was observed, to continue its measures for refraining from unnecessary and non-urgent outings, and the closure of some of its facilities.
   We would like to express our appreciation for the understanding and cooperation of many local residents and business operators of our prefecture, and for strenuous efforts of professionals at the front-line of medical practice and other people who have supported our society at various sites.

   In Kitakyushu City, although 156 people had been infected with COVID-19 during the period from May 23 to June 16, the infection situation is about to be under control with the average number of infected persons per day during the most recent one week having reduced to 1.4. The assessment of the situation by experts is similar.

   Our prefecture, in order to request medical institutions to create a system for accepting COVID patients, such as by preparing enough hospital beds in case we go into a new phase of the spread of infection in the future, have set its unique indicators (the "Fukuoka Corona Alert"), and decided to begin discussing the measures to be taken by its local residents and business operators through comprehensive judgment based on these indicators, when it can be in medical stringency.
   In light of this "Fukuoka Corona Alert," in the current situation, we have enough reserve power to provide medical care, rather than being at the level of preparing for securing a new medical care provision system.

   In line with the situation explained above, Fukuoka Prefecture has decided to raise the level of its socio-economic activities, while making efforts to prevent the spread of infection, and to maintain and secure its medical care provision system.

1. Termination of infection control measures in Kitakyushu City

   The following measures of Kitakyushu City will be terminated on June 19.

1. Request for local residents of Kitakyushu City to refrain from unnecessary and non-urgent outings both inside and outside the prefecture
2. Request to refrain from holding event in Kitakyushu City
3. Request for the closure of night clubs or night club establishments that serve food and beverage and live music clubs in Kitakyushu City
   Accordingly, the prefectural Kanmon Kaikyo Museum, Kitakyushu Palace, and Hiraodai Natural Observation Center, three facilities which have been temporarily closed, will be resumed from June 19.

2. Approach from June 19 (of the entire prefecture including Kitakyushu City)

(1) Outings
1. The request for careful decisions regarding traveling to Hokkaido, Saitama and Chiba Prefectures, and Tokyo will be canceled from June 19.
2. Continue to pay enough attention to the infection situation of the destination before going out, and carefully deal with the situation. Each person should take a thorough individual measure to prevent the infection, and avoid going out to a place with insufficient measures to prevent COVID infection.
3. With regard to tourism promotion, although we decided to work on it from sightseeing in the prefecture, to attract visitors from outside the prefecture will be allowed from June 19.

(2) Holding events
   Events should continue to be held by referring to the chart below (This is also applied to the cases of exhibitions and trade fairs).
新型コロナウイルス感染症制限の段階的緩和

(3) Facilities’ infection control measures
   According to the types of the facilities, each facility should continue to ensure that their infection control measures are thoroughly taken, such as “arrangement of the seats by taking enough space around each seat” and “proper disinfection and cleaning before accepting spectators/visitors at the following round.”
   In particular, facilities in Japan where a cluster infection occurred should take a stricter infection control measure.

(4) How to work
   To reduce opportunities to contact with others, such as through telecommuting, staggered working hours, and commuting by bicycle.

(5) Practice of new lifestyle
   Practice the “New Lifestyle” which is intended to continue to prevent the spread of infection according to each person’s daily life such as by wearing a face mask, washing hands, keeping distance from others, avoiding 3Cs (closed spaces, crowds, and close contact), and dealing with new styles of each life scene.

  * Since wearing a face mask in a humid and high temperature environment may lead to a higher risk of heatstroke, measures to prevent heatstroke should be taken by taking off a face mask appropriately, such as “Taking off a face mask when enough distance (at least 2 meters) can be taken from others outdoors” and “Taking a rest with the face mask temporarily taken off at a place where enough distance (at least 2 meters) can be taken from people around.”

(6) About consultations with medical and other related institutions
   When one of the above items from 1 to 3 applies, you should consult with the “Returnees/Contacts Consultation Center.”
1. Have one of the strong symptoms such as shortness of breath (dyspnea), intense fatigue (washed-out feeling), and high fever
2. When a person who is vulnerable to COVID-19 with his/her symptoms easily becoming severe or a pregnant woman has a relatively mild symptoms of the common cold, such as fever and coughing
3. When a person other than the person mentioned above continues to have a relatively mild symptoms of the common cold, such as fever and coughing
When you hope to see your regular doctor for your symptoms of the common cold, such as fever and coughing, be sure to consult with the doctor over the phone beforehand, rather than directly going to see the doctor.

3. About violation of human rights

   Due to fear and a sense of discrimination for the new coronavirus, cases of violation of human rights of infected persons, medical professionals, people who maintain social functions, and their families have occurred, such as slanders and discriminatory responses.
   Inconsiderate remarks and behavior and discrimination are never be forgiven. Residents of our prefecture are expected to take actions based on correct information and not be go along with such unforgivable behavior.

4. Conclusion

   The spread of the infection in Kitakyushu City this time is currently in the process of being settled thanks to all of your cooperation, and we have been able to stop a situation where the spread of the infection leads to the second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.
   In the course of our attempt to raise the level of our socio-economic activities, we are in a situation where people can be infected with the virus anywhere and anytime. Until we have the medicine and vaccine for this disease, we have to deal with new coronavirus infectious disease for a long time.
   Whether we can win this battle against COVID-19 or not depends on the awareness and behavior of each resident of our prefecture. Our regional strength and unity are questioned. Please make continued efforts to practice “New Lifestyle” intended to prevent the spread of infection without relaxing your attention, and to take thorough infection control measures so as to prevent your efforts so far from coming to nothing.
   We appreciate your continued understanding and cooperation that can prevent us from taking such measures as to request for refraining from unnecessary and non-urgent outings and closure of facilities again, which will force you to live an inconvenient life.


(Updated: June 4, 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 30th, 2020
Fukuoka Prefectural Government

Regarding to Fukuoka prefecture’s measures after the state of emergency lifted

 Since the state of emergency was lifted the 14th of this month, the infection situation in this prefecture has been settling down. For this reason, I believe that it is time to gradually raise the level of socio-economic activities while working to prevent the spread of infections and to secure the provision healthcare system.
 However, in Kitakyushu City, where the number of infected people has continued to be zero since April 30, the number of infected people has increased since May 23, and 26 people were found infected today, and total of 69 people were infected in the past week. Among them, 27 people do not know where they got infected, and experts say that it is impossible to deny the possibility that it has spread throughout the city.
 In preparation for the infection spreading again in Fukuoka prefecture, the Fukuoka Prefectural has set up a "Fukuoka Corona Alert" listed here based on these indicators. Such as if there is a risk that medical care would be limited, requesting medical institutions to improve their acceptance system, such as preparation for hospital beds. We are planning measures for the residents of the prefecture and businesses to follow.
 For the "Fukuoka Corona Warning", the current situation is as follows.
福岡コロナ警報

  • The number of infected people (3 day moving average) has not exceeded 8 people for 3 consecutive days
  • The ratio of persons with unknown infection routes did not exceed 50% for 3 consecutive days
  • On the other hand, the bed occupancy rate and the severe bed occupancy rate are below 10% for the most recent week.


Thus, at this stage, the prefectural government has not reached the level of preparing to secure the medical service system, and there is ample room to spare.
However, depending on the situation in the future, it is expected that the situation will be severe. To not undermine the efforts that have been made up until now, it is necessary to stop the spread of this infection in Kitakyushu City spreading in Fukuoka Prefecture and become the second wave.
Therefore, we conducted a detailed analysis of the infections in Kitakyushu City, reviewed the current measures while gradually raising the socioeconomic level, and decided to adopt the following measures.

1. Refraining from going out

(1) Residents living outside Kitakyushu City

・Release request for nonessential outings.

It is now possible to go to different prefectures, but be careful to going to Hokkaido, Saitama Prefecture, Chiba Prefecture, Tokyo Prefecture, and Kanagawa Prefecture until June 18. Also, for the time being, when going to other areas within the prefecture, be careful to take into consideration the infection status in that area. When going out, be sure to thoroughly implement infection prevention measures and avoid going to places where infection prevention measures are insufficient.

Regarding tourism promotion, we will start with sightseeing within the prefecture, and actively attract people from outside the prefecture after June 19th.

(2) Residents living in Kitakyushu City
For the time being, refrain from nonessential outings, both inside and outside the prefecture

2. Holding of events

(1) Areas other than Kitakyushu city
You can hold events. In addition, when holding the events, take the appropriate infection prevention measures. If the appropriate infection prevention measures cannot be accommodated, the organizer should cancel or postpone the event. 
催物開催制限の段階的緩和

(2) Kitakyushu city
To refrain from holding events until June 18

3. Facility closures

(1) Areas other than Kitakyushu City

  • Cancellations of the previous request for closures.
    When re-opening, be sure to take appropriate infection prevention measures for each facility type, such as "allocated seats on all sides" and "appropriate disinfection and cleaning when customers are come in and out" at all facilities.
    Especially, take strict measures to prevent infections at facilities where clusters occurs in Japan.
    In the future, when a cluster occurs, we will consider request to close the facilities in that facility type.

(2) Kitakyushu city
Due to clusters occurring in Japan so far, we request the closures until June 18th for restaurants and live houses with entertainment, which has a high risk of infection. (A detailed analysis of the status of infection in Kitakyushu City may be carried out, and if the results become clear, the request may be lifted.)

* Regarding restaurants with entertainment, regardless of the name of the cabaret, night club, snack, bar, pub, etc., those with entertainment for customers, are subject to closure request.
* For prefectural schools in the Kitakyushu area, we will carry out shifted school attendance for one week from June 1 for the time being. Regarding municipal schools and private schools, the head of the facility will make the decision referenced the prefectural schools.

4. Attendance at work

To reduce contact with people, such as teleworking, staggered work hours and commuting by bicycle

5. Practice of new lifestyle

Continue to practice "new lifestyle" guideline to prevent the spread of infection, such as "maintaining social distance", "wearing a mask", and "washing hands" which are the three basics of infection prevention.

6. Consultation with medical institutions

If you fall under any of 1 to 3, please consult the "Returnees / Contacts Consultation Center"

1 If you have any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath (dyspnea), strong dullness (fatigue), high fever, etc.
2 If you are a seriously ill or a pregnant woman and have a relatively mild cold symptom such as fever or cough.
3 If you have a relatively mild symptom of fever or cough, etc.

Do not go directly to your doctor when if you have a cold, such as a fever or cough and visit your doctor, always consult by phone in advance.

In the future, we will face the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) until vaccines and therapeutic agents are developed and collective immunity has acquired. Whether or not this battle can be overcome with the awareness and actions of each prefectural resident and the power and unity of this region will be challenged.

Everyone is at risk of being infected and at risk of being infected.

In order to protect yourself, your family, the people around you, the community and society, we would like you implement the "new lifestyle" guidelines to prevent the spread of infection and to implement thorough infection prevention measures.
With the spread of infections in Kitakyushu City, infected people, their families, medical staff are facing discrimination such as slander and bullying, due to anxiety and prejudice. Prejudice and discriminatory behavior is unacceptable. We ask all prefectural residents to act in harmony with present information, and to act calmly based on reliable information.


(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.

For the full text, please refer to the links below.


(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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