Response to New Coronavirus (follow-up)- February 12, 2020

On February 12, based on the spread of the new coronavirus infection, traffic restrictions (including restrictions on going out) in China, and the suspension or reduction of flights from/to China, there issued a request on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website to Japanese nationals residing in China or planning to travel to China, to consider an early temporary return to Japan or to postpone their travel. In light of this situation, students and faculty members are requested to take the following precautions in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. 

Please check the information and instructions from the Chinese and Japanese governments and take the local situation into consideration. As of January 31, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan says that hazard level 3 (No traveling abroad) was set for Hubei Province, China, and that hazard level 2 (No unnecessary and non-urgent travel) was set for other regions in China.

As influenza is also prevalent at this time of the year, please get into a strict routine/habit of regularly washing your hands (upon returning home, before meals, etc.) with sufficient sleep and nutrition. If you have any symptoms including a cough, sneezing, a runny nose, sore throat, or a fever, please ensure that you wear a mask.
Furthermore, please never fail to check the latest information, and especially anybody who is scheduled to travel to China should reexamine the necessity of their travel plans and consider cancelling or postponing their trip. 


Please also refer to the following websites.
World Health Organization
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Saitama University
http://en.saitama-u.ac.jp/

(Followings are in Japanese only.)

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00001.html

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/

Cabinet Secretariat
http://www.cas.go.jp/jp/influenza/novel_coronavirus.html

Ministry of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology
https://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/coronavirus/index.html
https://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/koutou/ryugaku/1405561_00001.htm

Health Service Center, Saitama University
http://www.saitama-u.ac.jp/hoken/hoken/index.html