There has been an outbreak of a new coronavirus in the city of Wuhan in China. Most patients suffer from pneumonia. The Chinese authorities are currently investigating the coronavirus and the source of the infections. The most up-to-date information about the new coronavirus can be found at the site of National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.
As a result of the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, our partner universities in several Chinese cities are currently closed for education and research. UU is in contact with as many students and staff as possible who are already in China.
I am an (exchange) student and will soon be going to China for my study/research, what should I pay attention to?
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reinforced the travel advice for the whole of China on Thursday 30 January. Utrecht University takes the situation in China very seriously. Following this advice, UU strongly advises students and staff not to travel to China.
Travellers FROM China
If you recently returned from a stay in China, and suddenly develop cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, within 14 days since your return:
- Stay home and call your general practitioner for advice and medical care don’t forget to mention that and where you were in China.
- Have you been in contact during this period with staff members or students of the UU contact the university via firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to mention that and where you were in China.
- Your general pratitioner will provide, together with the RIVM and GGD, the medical care and research on the coronavirus when needed..
Travellers TO China
- Avoid contact with sick people, in particular those with a cough.
- Avoid visiting markets and places where live or dead animals are handled.
- Wash your hands with soap and water OR use an alcohol based disinfectant solution before eating, after using the toilet and after any contact with animals.
- Avoid contact with animals, their excretions or droppings.
The Chinese Government - as well as the governments of surrounding countries such as Japan, Singapore and Taiwan - is taking very strict measures to prevent further spreading of the coronavirus. As a result, public life throughout China has come to a standstill; schools, public facilities and many other organisations have been closed until further notice.
Please take into account possible additional measures by the Chinese authorities as well as the governments of surrounding countries such as Japan, Singapore and Taiwan, including measures with more far-reaching travel restrictions and territorial entry and exit restrictions. Please also see the websites and reports of, among others, the government: