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CORONA-virus

UPDATE - 28 February 2020

Please check for up-to-date information the Corona page on the UT website:

https://www.utwente.nl/en/products-services/product/p1112937/novel-corona-virus

UPDATE - 27 February 2020

Since the break-out of the Corona virus in the city of Wuhan in China, the virus has been spreading to other countries inside and outside of Asia. Patients have been identified in Europe as well; in Italy, additional measures have been taken and in some parts of the country both an entry ban and a travel ban is in force. Once more we would like to share the guidelines issued previously with you.

UT is in touch with students and employees in specific risk areas as much as possible. Furthermore, UT is following the advice given by authorities such as the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Municipal Health Services (GGD).

Guideline

• Employees and students are advised not to travel to areas labelled with code red (no travel) or code orange (necessary travels).

• For areas labelled with code red, an entry and travel ban is in force. For travellers entering the country from a code red area, the guideline is that they must observe a 14 day quarantine at their homes and monitor themselves for symptoms.

• For travellers entering the country from a code orange area, the guideline is that they monitor themselves for symptoms for a period of 14 days.

• Students and employees who show any symptoms of the virus must contact their GP straight away and seek further assistance:

o People who have a GP are to contact them by telephone;

o Employees and students living in Enschede who do not have a GP are to contact the GP surgery on campus (https://campushuisarts.nl/) or the Stichting Dagwaarneming Enschede by telephone: tel. 0900-431 33 33. They can refer patients to GPs in attendance;

o Employees and students living outside of Enschede who do not have a GP are to contact the GP nearest to them by telephone. For this reason it is important that new international employees and students register themselves with a GP practice as soon as possible.

UT is required to register which regions labelled with code red or code orange students and employees have visited before travelling back to the Netherlands, as well as whether they have been in contact with people showing symptoms that match those of the Corona virus. These students and employees must have access to a GP or company physician 24/7.

If you visited an area labelled with code red or code orange recently and are not sure whether this has been registered, we kindly urge you to pass this information on to your Faculty Internationalisation Co-ordinator (FAINCO) if you are an undergraduate student, or to your HR manager if you are and employee or PhD student.

With the cluster of cases now known in Italy, chances have increased that more clusters in Europe will occur. Please check travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL) or the World Health Organisation (EN) before you depart, and check the website of RIVM for the latest information.

For travel advice:

https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/landen (NL)

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice (EN)

For information issued by RIVM

https://www.rivm.nl/coronavirus/ (NL)

https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-in-china (EN)


UPDATE - 30 January 2020

We advise employees and students who have plans to travel to China not to travel. The travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently yellow for China and orange for the Hubei region. Possible additional measures are feasible. Employees who travel run the risk of getting stuck.

CORONA-virus 29 January 2020

An outbreak of a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Its origin started in Wuhan City, China. Cases have now been detected in several countries in Asia, but also in Australia, Europe and North America. The virus can cause respiratory problems and when untreated to other serious health issues.

For everyone who travels abroad, we advise to follow the travel advice of the Dutch National Coordination Centre for Travellers (LCR), note the travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (@247BZ or https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/landen) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Also keep informed during your stay abroad via the governmental websites, such as:

·         https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/ (EN)

·         https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus (EN)

·         https://www.rivm.nl/coronavirus/ (NL)

·         https://www.lcr.nl/Landen/China (NL)

For those in affected areas and regions:

-          Follow all official directives.

-          If you have a fever or feel sick, seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and note your symptoms to the health service attendant. If travel is granted by the health service attendant, travel directly to the doctor’s office or emergency room.

-          It may go without saying, but avoid contact with others as much as possible, and avoid touching your face.

-          Ensure food is thoroughly cooked.

-          Do not visit wet markets or farms.

-          Note that some locations have implemented screening, and travellers may face quarantine and testing. Follow the instructions of local authorities.

-          Wash your hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds), whilst using automatic soap dispenser or your own dispenser (carry one with you). Alcohol based sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.

-          Monitor your health during travel and for 14 days after your stay abroad. If you develop symptoms, seek medical attention. Limit your contact with other people as much as possible. Let the medical facility know about your travel history and any potential exposures.

-          Avoid non-essential travel in or to affected areas.

 It is also advisable to make yourself known to your embassy or consulate, stating your location and duration of stay.

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