Situation Updates

Last Updated: 18/02/2020

What is Coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

The best advice at this stage is to follow good hygiene practices as advised by Public Health England (PHE). If you have specific health concerns, please contact NHS 111.

Advice for Travellers

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
  • If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
  • In Scotland phone your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours. If you are in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.

Please follow this advice even if your symptoms are minor.

给中国旅客的建议

来自武汉和湖北的旅客

如果您在过去14天内从武汉或湖北前往英国,您应立即:

  • 待在室内,避免与他人接触,就像患流感时一样
  • 打电话给NHS 111,告诉他们您最近去了那个地区
  • 如果您在北爱尔兰,请拨打0300 200 7885。

即使您没有感染病毒的症状,也请遵循这个建议。

 

  • At this stage, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases in the UK. The risk to individuals remains low.

    If you’re worried, please follow good hygiene practices as advised by Public Health England (PHE). If you have specific health concerns, please contact NHS 111 or contact your GP surgery.

    If you are not registered with a GP in Northampton, then please visit the NHS website for information on how to register. We have a GP surgery at the Waterside campus, which is accepting students as patients.

    Individuals who have existing Long Term Condition and are concerned about coronavirus should continue to take their normal precautions and may wish to contact their GP.

    As advised by PHE the risks continue to be low of the coronavirus infection spreading. If people with Long Term Conditions have concerns they may have the coronavirus, they should telephone NHS 111.

  • The government has published new guidance on immigration provisions made by the Home Office for students in the UK who are unable to return to China. Please visit their website to read more information.

  • No, at this time University events will go ahead as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation in the UK and advice from Public Health England.

    At this stage, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases in the UK. The risk to individuals remains low.

  • It is a recognised custom for Asian communities to wear face masks to protect themselves and, in particular, others from the possibility of infection. It is very important that we recognise and respect this custom.

    The advice we have is that the risk of infection is low so extra protective measures are not necessary and it is debatable whether masks will be effective in this situation.

    The University will not tolerate any incidents of staff and students receiving verbal abuse for using face masks. We would encourage all members of our community to be inclusive and supportive of what is a personal choice.

  • The University take all allegations of abuse and harassment very seriously. Students and staff are encouraged to report the matter using the online harassment reporting form or to contact the University Security Team or UON Police Team.

  • This should not be necessary. The University remains open, and as such all teaching and all University operations will continue to operate as normal. However, the smart working policy applies and can be utilised by staff, in conjunction with discussions you’re your line manager.

  • We are, as we always are, following the advice provided by Foreign and Commonwealth Office when we monitor any student or staff travel to any nation. Although the FCO is advising against all but essential travel to China we have taken the local decision to restrict travel to members of staff.

    Please talk to your line manager in the first instance if you have concerns about international travel for University purposes.

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