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05 Feb 2020
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Kyoto University’s Policy on the Novel Coronavirus (Ver. 2)

UPDATE 5 (20 February 2020): Related links added in "Links"
UPDATE 4 (18 February 2020): Service hour of Kyoto Prefecture consultation in "6. Other important precautions" corrected
UPDATE 3 (17 February 2020): The infectious disease warning level of the novel coronavirus in Wenzhou city, Zhejiang Province added.
UPDATE 2 (10 February 2020): Phone number corrected in "6. Other important precautions"
UPDATE 1 (7 February 2020): Service names and hours corrected in "6. Other important precautions"

Pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan (Hubei Province, China) was added to the Japanese government’s list of designated infectious diseases on 28 January 2020 (effective from 1 February 2020).

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set the following infectious disease warning levels:

  • Hubei Province: Level 3 (avoid all travel), announced on 24 January 2020
  • Wenzhou city, Zhejiang Province: Level 3 (avoid all travel), announced on 14 February 2020
  • All other areas in China: Level 2 (avoid non-essential travel), announced on 31 January 2020

Based on the current situation, Kyoto University has adopted the following policy regarding overseas travel, etc. As the situation is changing rapidly, please be sure to obtain the latest information.

1. Travel to China (including Hong Kong and Macau)

Based on the Kyoto University’s Criteria for Overseas Travel Permission, all Kyoto University students are instructed not to travel to China (including Hong Kong, and Macau) in principle. Faculty, and staff are strongly recommended to avoid any travel to China (including Hong Kong, and Macau).
Regarding travel to Hubei Province and Wenzhou city, Zhejiang Province (for which MOFA has issued infectious disease warnings of level 3: “Avoid all travel”), the university has issued a “travel not permitted” instruction for students and a “travel not permitted in principle” instruction for faculty and staff members.

2. If you are currently in China and/or traveling (or returning) to Japan from China

  1. Please immediately report the following information to your department: the areas in China in which you have stayed, the date of your arrival in Japan, your health condition at the time of your arrival in Japan (whether or not you have a fever or cough, whether you have taken medicine for a fever or cough, etc.)
  2. Students, faculty, and staff who are staying in China and have symptoms such as a fever or cough, should seek medical care at a local healthcare provider, and report the diagnosis to their department as soon as possible.
  3. If you have symptoms such as a fever or coughing upon your arrival in Japan, please be sure to report it to a quarantine officer at the airport, as well as to your department.

3. After traveling (or returning) to Japan from China

  1. Please be sure to monitor your health for any symptoms, such as fever or coughing (recording your physical condition and temperature) for at least two weeks after returning from China or traveling to China.
  2. Please continue to monitor your health carefully, and stay at home (studying at home, etc.) unless you must go out due to unavoidable circumstances.
  3. If you have any such symptoms, please do not go directly to a medical facility in person. First, be sure to consult with a consultation service or local public health center and report it to your department.

4. Regarding classes and regular examinations

Each department shall take appropriate measures to minimize the impact on students who must continue their studies, etc., while staying at home, such as setting report assignments or holding makeup exams at a later date.

5. In the case that a student, faculty, or staff member is confirmed to be infected by the novel coronavirus

Any student, faculty, or staff member who is confirmed to be infected by the novel coronavirus must either be hospitalized or recuperate at home. They are not permitted to come to the university. They must inform their department of the situation. Once they have recovered from the virus, they may come to the university only after they have submitted evidence of their full recovery issued by the doctor supervising their treatment.

6. Other important precautions

If you have any symptoms, please do not go directly to a medical facility in person. First, be sure to contact a consultation service or local public health center and follow their instructions. Please also report the matter to your department and the university clinic (075-753-2405) and continue to keep them updated of the situation.

For further information issued by Kyoto University regarding the novel coronavirus

Consultation Service

  • Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (Japanese, English and Chinese) : 0120-565653(toll free) (9:00–21:00 available 7 days a week, including holidays)
  • Kyoto City consultation for persons recently arrived in Japan or who may be at risk of infection (Japanese only): 075-222-3421 (24 hours per day)
  • Kyoto Prefecture consultation for persons recently arrived in Japan or who may be at risk of infection (Japanese only): 075-414-4726 (24 hours per day)
  • Uji City, Yamashirokita Health Center (Japanese only): 0774-21-2911 (Weekdays: 8:30-17:15)

Residents of cities other than those listed above should contact the relevant consultation service or the nearest Public Health Center.

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Contact

Risk Management Section, General Affairs Department
E-mail: 830riskkanrikakari*mail2.adm.kyoto-u.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)