On July 31, Fukuoka Prefecture reported a record-breaking 170 new cases in one day of the novel coronavirus infection. The daily counts topped one hundred for the third straight day, and the cumulative total has reached 1,926. While the prefecture is yet to implement any business restrictions related to the situation, it has started to heighten medical preparedness. As of Jul. 30, the positive rate of the PCR tests stood at 7.8%. Also on Jul. 31, death from COVID-19 was reported in Kitakyushu City, involving a patient who became infected in April. Additionally, Fukuoka University, which recently announced the infection of a student engaged in an outdoor extracurricular activity, posted an update on the matter. According to the update, the university has conducted PCR tests on 192 individuals who were potentially in contact with that student. Nine of them have tested positive as of Jul. 31. The university apologized to all students, their parents, and local society for causing concern, and also announced the banning of all extracurricular activities. Tightened activity restrictions were also adopted at Kyushu University, including refraining requests for visiting those who are not engaged in formal activities inside the university campuses. Sources: NHK / Fukuoka Prefecture / Fukuoka AC / Kyushu University
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