The Mayor of Fukuoka City, Soichiro Takashima, has urged residents to refrain from unnecessary trips overseas or to the Kanto and Kansai regions. The announcement follows news that a baby under the age of one tested positive for the COVID-19 in Fukuoka City on March 30. The infant’s mother and grandfather also contracted the disease, but the exact source of infection remains unknown. Mayor Takashima stressed that even people who are in good physical health or are asymptomatic need to keep in mind that they can inadvertently infect others. Approximately 70% of cases in Fukuoka City have arisen amongst residents in their early 20s to late 50s. The mayor stated that locals should avoid poorly ventilated places, crowded locations, and close contact with others to protect their loved ones. He added that all citizens, particularly the younger generation, need to be aware of the dangers of the pandemic. The route of transmission has not been determined in several cases that have emerged. Less than half of those infected in Fukuoka have been abroad or spent time in Tokyo in the weeks before testing positive. Fukuoka City has made efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus and, with this in mind, urges people not to travel to Kanto, Kansai, or any overseas destinations. As the fight against the coronavirus looks set to continue, Takashima has taken the chance to encourage residents to set aside differences to focus on the battle at hand. He has called on everyone to work together to overcome the threat that the virus poses. Source: Mayor’s Facebook Timeline
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