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Information on coronavirus


 

The latest information that we have on coronavirus.

Update as of 25 February (new information in bold)

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water or use sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. In addition, travellers from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau who have arrived in the UK in the last 14 days who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, even if symptoms are mild, should follow the same specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

The latest advice from the government states that if you have also travelled from Iran, specific lockdown areas in Northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy, special care zones in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea, since Wednesday 19 February, you should immediately self isolate and stay indoors for 14 days, avoiding contact with other people as you would with the flu and call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area.

In addition they are advising self-isolation and calling NHS 111 for anyone with symptoms who has returned from the following places since Wednesday 19 February from, Northern Italy (defined by the paragraph above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar.

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you or a colleague are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact your line manager, Security or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here. If any of our students are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we are encouraging them to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. 

Update as of 12 February 

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water or use sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. In addition, we have had updated advice from Public Health England that travellers ffrom mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau who have arrived in the UK in the last 14 days who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, even if symptoms are mild, should follow the same specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here.

Discover all previous coronavirus updates on this webpage. 

Update as of 7 February

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water or use sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. In addition, we have had updated advice from Public Health England that travellers from elsewhere in China (including Macao or Hong Kong), or specified countries in Asia including Thailand, Japan, Singapore, and Malaysia, who have arrived in the UK in the last 14 days who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should follow the same specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here.

Update as of 6 February

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water or use sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. In addition, we have had updated advice from Public Health England that travellers from elsewhere in China (but not Macao or Hong Kong) to the UK in the last 14 days who develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath should follow the same specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here.

Update as of 4 February

We are continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus and are following advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service (NHS). At this time, Public Health England has confirmed that there are two cases of coronavirus in England. There are no other confirmed cases in the UK and as such all activity at the College continues as normal.

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and our community is of utmost importance to us so please check the government’s advice about coronavirus.

Colds and flu are common at this time of year and we are reminding everyone on campus about simple steps we can all take to try to minimise the spread of viruses generally. These are:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water or use sanitiser gel.

As per government guidance, we have told all students and staff who have arrived back from Hubei Province, including Wuhan city, in the last 14 days to contact us and follow specific advice provided by the government. We are also advising staff not to travel to China and to consider postponing any trips to affected areas of Asia. 

This is a particularly difficult time for our students and staff with family, friends and colleagues living and working in China and other areas currently affected by the outbreak of coronavirus. We hope that our whole community will be sensitive and supportive at this time. 

In some cultures it is common practice for people to wear face masks to protect themselves from illness, even indoors, and it should not be assumed that anyone wearing one is unwell.

If you are victim of or witness to racial harassment, abuse or violence we encourage you to contact our Student Advisory and Wellbeing team, Security, Students’ Union Advice Centre or Surrey Police. More information about hate crime and how the Police and Crown Prosecution Service will act on such behaviour is available here.

Update as of 3 February

The novel strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, has continued to spread, although slowly, and two cases have now been confirmed in the UK – at York University. While PHE has raised the risk to the UK as a whole to Moderate they state that the risk to individuals remain low. This respiratory illness has flu-like symptoms and spreads in a similar fashion to cold and flu viruses.

While there have been a number of developments in terms of the coronavirus, including the World Health Organisation declaring this a global emergency, the advice from the NHS and Public Health England remains:

  • Those who have returned from the Hubei province, including Wuhan city in the last 14 days or been in contact with someone who has been confirmed as having the coronavirus should call NHS 111 to inform them and stay at home, avoiding public places and transport for 14 days.
  • If they then develop any cold or flu-like symptoms they should contact NHS 111 again. They will be collected by ambulance should they require hospital treatment.

 In both cases please also inform the College through your School Administration team or Head of Department by phone or email.

The risk to the UK population from coronavirus is assessed by the NHS and Public Health England as low. Cold and flu-like symptoms are common in the UK at this time of year, especially when it is cold and wet, so there is no need to be concerned just because someone is ill. Unless people meet specific criteria they are not a risk in terms of coronavirus. We should all apply basic hygiene procedures to prevent spreading disease such as using tissues to trap germs and binning them promptly, washing your hands with warm water and soap.

Please see the following links for further information: 

Further information from Public Health England can be found on gov.uk.

Further information from the NHS, including advice, can be found on the NHS website.

Further information and advice about travelling to China can be found on gov.uk.

Update as of 31 January

While there have been a number of developments in terms of the coronavirus, including the World Health Organisation declaring this a global emergency, the advice from the NHS and Public Health England remains:

  • Those who have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days or been in contact with someone who has been confirmed as having the coronavirus should call NHS 111 to inform them and stay at home, avoiding public places and transport for 14 days.
  • If they then develop any cold or flu-like symptoms they should contact NHS 111 again. They will be collected by ambulance should they require hospital treatment.

 In both cases please also inform the College through your School Administration Team or Head of Department by phone or email.

The risk to the UK population from coronavirus is assessed by the NHS and Public Health England as low. Cold and flu-like symptoms are common in the UK at this time of year, especially when it is cold and wet, so there is no need to be concerned just because someone is ill. Unless people meet specific criteria they are not a risk in terms of coronavirus. We should all apply basic hygiene procedures to prevent spreading disease such as using tissues to trap germs and binning them promptly, washing your hands with warm water and soap.

Please see the following links for further information: 

Further information from Public Health England can be found on gov.uk.

Further information from the NHS, including advice, can be found on the NHS website.

Further information and advice on travelling to China can be found on gov.uk.

Update as of 22 January

It has been confirmed that there has been an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus in the Wuhan and Hubei provinces of China. This respiratory illness has flu-like symptoms and spreads in a similar fashion to cold and flu viruses. Symptoms usually start between two and seven days after infection although it can be as long as 10 days. If you have recently travelled to China, or have had contact with someone who has, and you experience these symptoms please see a Doctor and inform your School Administration team by phone or email. There is no cure for coronavirus but the spread of the virus can be prevented through normal good hygiene practices.

 If you are travelling to China please follow any local advice and avoid "unprotected" contact with live animals, ensure that meat and eggs are thoroughly cooked and avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

Further information can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/

 

Below is a joint statement from Universities UK International, Universities UK and the UK Council for International Student Affairs on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Chinese staff and students at UK universities.

The health, welfare and safety of students and staff is the top priority for university leaders following the Coronavirus outbreak. UK universities have been supporting all students and staff who might be concerned about their health with up-to-date advice from health services. Our universities have a strong history of welcoming Chinese students and staff to the UK and they are very much part of our international community. UK universities will not tolerate racism in any form, and we encourage students and staff to report any incident of racial harassment and seek support from their university.

We understand that students and staff may be worried about friends and family members in China and our thoughts go to all those affected by this situation. At this difficult time, we ask that students and staff support their fellow friends and colleagues in solidarity with the whole of the international higher education community.

For more general support, students should contact their institution’s wellbeing support services, or phone UKCISA’s Student Advice Line on +442077889214 (1–4pm UK time, Monday–Friday).

联合声明:英国大学联盟(Universities UK)和英国国际学生事务委员会(UK Council for International Student Affairs)针对新型冠状病毒疫情对中国学生影响的声明。

在新型冠状病毒的疫情爆发后,保证学生和教职员工的健康、福利和安全是大学高层的当务之急。英国众高校已经并不断向所有关心担忧自己健康的学生,提供来自健康服务权威机构的最新建议。

英国大学一直秉承延续对中国留学生友好亲善的历史,中国学生是我们国际教育共同体的重要组成部分。英国大学不会接受容忍任何形式上的种族主义的歧视和偏见;我们支持并鼓励学生和教职员工,如遇到种族歧视和骚扰的相关事件,请及时向所在大学有关部门寻求帮助。

我们深知有些学生在此刻非常牵挂在中国的朋友和家人,我们会在精神上支持所有受到疫情影响的人。在这个困难的时刻,我们呼吁英国所有学生和教职员工共克时艰,声援和帮助受影响的朋友和同事。

如果学生需要更多支持和帮助,请联系所在大学的相关部门,或致电英国国际学生事务委员会的学生咨询热线(英国时间星期一至星期五下午1-4点之间。

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