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  • Measures in Response to Novel Coronavirus Disease

    03 25, 2020

    There are successive reports of novel coronavirus disease infection cases occurring domestically. Under these circumstances, and in light of the government's Basic Policies for Novel Coronavirus Disease Control dated February 25, we ask that you reacquaint yourself with the following matters for consideration and take appropriate measures to prevent infection.

    Responses to novel coronavirus disease at the University of Tsukuba include the formation on January 29 of the Novel Coronavirus Disease Risk Response Team and the measures it has been promoting. The university is providing information for students and faculty to respond to. Information for students is posted on TWINS and information for faculty members is posted on sites exclusively for faculty use. Notices and other information are slated to be posted as circumstances arise, so please check these sites as needed.

     

    1. Action in response to fever or other such symptom1. Action in response to fever or other such symptom

    (1) Please try to do the following before seeking consultation or treatment at a medical institution, etc.

    • - When you have a fever or other such symptoms of a cold, do not go to school or to work. Refrain from going out.
    • - When you have a fever or other such symptoms of a cold, take your temperature every day and keep a record of it.

    (2) What to do when you have a fever or other such symptoms of a cold

    It is one of the characteristics of novel coronavirus disease that it is unlike a normal cold or influenza, which starts getting better in about three days. Instead, the initial fever or other such symptoms continue for a relatively long time (four days or more), and then can tend to become more severe, especially in people who are elderly or have an underlying disease.

    If you notice the following symptoms, please get in touch with the Consultation Center for People Returning to Japan and People Having Contact with Infection (hereafter "Center") established at the nearest public health center or other such office. Do not go to a medical institution yourself. Please be sure to get in touch with a Center first.

    • - When symptoms of a cold or a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher persist for four days or more (this also applies to people who have to continue ---taking an antipyretic)
    • - When you feel extremely tired (sense of fatigue) or when breathing becomes difficult (respiratory difficulty)
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    Consultation Center for People Returning to Japan and People Having Contact with Infection

    For people whose current address is in Tsukuba City, Tsukubamirai City, or Joso City
    Tsukuba Public Health Center: 029-851-9287 (open weekdays from 09:00 am to 17:00 pm)
    For people whose current address is not in the above, please get in touch with the location specified at the following website.
    Consultation Center for People Returning to Japan and People Having Contact with Infection Relating to Novel Coronavirus (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

    If consultation with the Center results in the determination that you are possibly infected with novel coronavirus, you will be directed to a medical institution that has outpatient facilities for people returning to Japan and people having contact with infection. The Center receives inquiries by telephone from people who may have the infection, then coordinates as necessary so that those people can be certain to receive an examination at an outpatient facility for people returning to Japan and people having contact with infection. Please go to the recommended examining medical institution and receive an examination, and do not go to multiple medical institutions for examination.

    If diagnosis confirms a novel coronavirus infection, students must be sure to contact the coordinator for student matters in the Academic Service Office by telephone or email, and faculty members must be sure to contact the coordinator for general affairs in their department by telephone or email.

    * People like those described below can tend to have their condition become more severe. so if the above symptoms continue for about two days, these people should get in touch with the Center and follow the instructions given.

    • - Elderly people
    • - People with underlying conditions such as diabetes, a heart condition, or respiratory disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • - People undergoing dialysis
    • - People who are using immunosuppressant drugs, anticancer drugs, etc.

    <People who are currently pregnant>
    If you are pregnant, please consult with the Center without delay, in the same way as people whose conditions can tend to become more severe.

    2. Regarding people returning to Japan from other countries, etc.

    We ask that students and faculty members who have returned to Japan from countries where the disease is prevalent or who are coming to Japan (transiting) from such countries, as well as students and faculty members who are presently travelling to such countries, take the measures in response that are given below. Since there is an incubation period, we also ask that on entry to Japan or return to Japan, you rest at home for a period of two weeks counting from the date of entry or return. During that time, please carefully observe the state of your health and pay close attention to any symptoms or changes in your condition.

                                                                                                                                                           (as of March 22, 2020)

    * Countries where the disease is prevalent means the entirety of those countries that are identified in Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Travel Safety Information (Infectious Disease Risk Advisory) as Level 2 (Avoid Non-Essential Travel) for infectious disease risk.

    * Infectious Disease Risk Advisories can be updated daily, so please pay close attention.

    3. Regarding travel to other countries

    (1) About travel restrictions

    We ask that students and faculty members take steps of the kind described below with regard to travel (both official and personal) to other countries based on the Travel Guidelines for Students, Faculty Members, and University Employees in case of a Crisis Overseas (University President decision dated July 2, 2015), and according to the level of infection risk stated in Overseas Travel Safety Information (Infectious Disease Risk Advisories) issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for specific countries and regions. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Safety HP

    Travel restrictions and so on at this university (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Infectious Disease Risk Advisory: as of March 22, 2020)

    Classification Handling of our university Country and region
    Students Faculty members and employees
    Level 4 for risk of infection Evacuate Evacuate None
    Level 3 for risk of infection  Avoid all travel Avoid all travel Check overseas safety information in the East Asian region (感染症危険情報表示)
    Check overseas safety information in the Middle East region (感染症危険情報表示)
    Check overseas safety information in the European region (Central and Eastern Europe) (感染症危険情報表示)
    Check overseas safety information in the European region (Central and Eastern Europe) (感染症危険情報表示)
    Check overseas safety information in the European region (Western Europe) (感染症危険情報表示)
    Level 2 for risk of infection Avoid all travel Avoid non-essential travel
    Level 1 for risk of infection Exercise caution Exercise caution Whole World:Exclude countries / regions which were issued as level 2 to 4

     

    (2) About restrictions on entry, etc.

    Regarding restrictions on entry by travelers from Japan and citizens of Japan by specific countries and regions, as well as restrictions on activities after entry, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Overseas Travel Safety website. Status of restrictions on entry and restrictions on activities following entry by specific countries and regions in connection with novel coronavirus disease (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

    (3) About the government's drastic strengthening of border measures

    The government is implementing further measures for drastic strengthening of border enforcement measures against novel coronavirus disease, so please check the current information when travelling to other countries.

    ① Strengthening of quarantine

    From 0:00 am on March 9, persons entering Japan on aircraft or ships that travel from China or South Korea will be requested to wait in a location specified by the quarantine station chief (such as in their homes) for a period of 14 days. This is in addition to cases requiring isolation or detention under the Quarantine Act. These people are further requested to not use public transportation for the travel to their homes or other locations, but to return home by private vehicle.

    About the drastic strengthening of border measures (novel coronavirus disease) (Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)

    ② Visa restrictions, etc.

    1) Suspension of the validity of single or multiple-entry visa issued up to March 8 by Japanese embassies and consulates general in China (to include Hong Kong and Macau, here and below) and in the Republic of Korea

    2) Suspension of visa exemption measures for Hong Kong, Macau, and South Korea

    These measures are being implemented starting at 0:00 am on March 9 and continuing through the last day of March. (This period is subject to renewal.)

    Drastic strengthening of border enforcement measures concerning novel coronavirus disease: About visa restrictions, etc. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

    (4) About the various types of notification, etc., for management of overseas travel risk

    When natural disasters, terrorist incidents, outbreaks of infectious diseases, and other such disasters occur overseas, we seek to promptly determine the whereabouts and safety status of people travelling in the affected region. Therefore we ask that whenever you travel overseas, not just for study abroad or short-term training, but also for private purposes, you register with the Overseas Travel Registration Service (ORP (Online Residential Registration) net or overseas travel registration (Tabi-Regi)) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Students are also requested to register with the university's system for notification of travel to other countries.

    (Reference) Overseas travel risk management (University of Tsukuba official website)

    4. Regarding classes, etc.

    Please check for information about the handling of classes and other such activities at this university in connection with novel coronavirus disease, which will be posted under Notices from the University to Students on the TWINS electronic bulletin board (on-campus access only) and on the exclusive faculty website (on-campus access only).

    The link to the TWINS electronic bulletin board is here.

    Exclusive faculty website: The link to the administrative website is here.

    5. Regarding entrance examinations, etc.

    Information about the handling of entrance examinations and related matters is posted at the University of Tsukuba Admissions Center website.

    The link to the University of Tsukuba Admissions Center website is here.

    6. Regarding extracurricular activities, etc.

    For information regarding prevention of the spread of novel coronavirus infection in extracurricular activities, please check the information posted under Notices to Registered Students.

    <Important> Regarding extension of the period for measures to prevent the spread of Novel Coronavirus infection in Extracurricular Activities (Request) Mar 12, 2020

    <Important> Regarding Prevention of the Spread of Novel Coronavirus Infection in Extracurricular Activities (Request) Feb 28, 2020

    7. Regarding prevention of the spread of infection when special events are held

    With regard to holding special events and other such occasions, please bear in mind the aim of preventing the spread of infection and reconsider the necessity of holding the event in light of the spread of infection, the circumstances of the venue, and so on. If there is no choice but to hold the event because it cannot be cancelled or postponed, then please hold it with measures to reduce the chances for infection. These include, for example, urging participants to wash their hands, providing alcohol-based disinfectant, asking people who have cold-like symptoms not to participate, and so on.

    8. Regarding measures against infection by individual persons and households

    It is very important for individuals to take measures such as coughing etiquette and hand-washing just as when dealing with colds and seasonal influenza. If you have cold symptoms, please refrain from going out, and if you must go out, please wear a mask. Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (public awareness materials) Preventing novel coronavirus

    ①It is effective to use measures against infection like those for seasonal influenza.

    ②The main routes of infection are by droplets and by contact.

    ③Make every effort to observe coughing etiquette (when coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a mask, tissue, handkerchief, etc., to keep droplets from being blown around).

    ④Strictly enforce handwashing with soap and disinfectant.

    ⑤Clean and disinfect places that you touch with your fingers.

     

    9. Related information

    <Cabinet Secretariat>

    Measures in response to novel coronavirus disease

    <Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare>

    About novel coronavirus disease

    Q&A on novel coronavirus

    Novel coronavirus consultation center for people returning to Japan and people having contact with infection

    <Ministry of Foreign Affairs>

    Overseas Travel Safety website

    <Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology>

    Responses to preventive measures against novel coronavirus infection

    Message for Japanese students studying overseas in China, South Korea, Iran, and Italy

    <Ibaraki Prefecture>

    About novel coronavirus disease

    <Tsukuba City>

    About novel coronavirus disease

    <University of Tsukuba Health Center>

    About novel coronavirus disease

    Direct inquiries to:

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    Fax 029-853-2129
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