Mayor Soichiro Takeshima announced that as of April 8, there had been 136 confirmed new coronavirus infections in Fukuoka City. The route of transmission is unknown in over 40% of these cases, and there is a concern that asymptomatic patients may have passed the virus onto people in their immediate environment. Mayor Takeshima has called on residents to honor the healthcare workers and medical professionals who are working tirelessly to support the public during these challenging times by taking part in a three minute round of applause from noon on Friday (today). The mayor also encouraged people to post messages on social media along with the hashtag #fridayovation to show support for those working to save lives and prevent the spread of the disease. Takeshima also hopes to see words of appreciation for all people engaged in professions that are crucial for daily life to function, such as supermarket staff, nursery school teachers, and child-care workers. He also stressed that public health staff, government officials, and civil servants across various ministries have been working hard since the coronavirus threat began to emerge. He hopes to put a system in place that provides support to these individuals and believes that expressing gratitude for everyone’s efforts will be a great source of encouragement. More information about the #fridayovation initiative is available at the Fukuoka City website. Source: Ameblo
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