Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima updated his blog on April 5, stressing the importance of declaring “a state of emergency.” On the verge of an explosive spread of the new coronavirus in the city, he firmly asked the national government and Fukuoka Prefecture to take immediate action to limit the unessential activities of all residents using powers of law. On the same day, local authorities announced 16 more COVID-19 infections, including a case involving a Buzen-residing nursery worker in her thirties. The cumulative total for the prefecture is now 162. Source: Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima’s blog
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