Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. This advice was updated 9 February.
On 17 February, the UK government released guidance on immigration provisions made by the Home Office for individuals in the UK who are unable to return to China.
The guidance can be found here.
The guidance covers:
You can also help to support the campaign across your entire university community, promoting basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
You can do this by:
The UK government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
The latest information on the level of risk, health advice and FCO travel advice is all available at gov.uk/coronavirus
The NHS has produced guidance on self-isolation:
Below is a joint statement from Universities UK International, Universities UK and the UK Council for International Student Affairs on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on Chinese staff and students at UK universities.
The health, welfare and safety of students and staff is
the top priority for university leaders following the Coronavirus outbreak. UK
universities have been supporting all students and staff who might be concerned
about their health with up-to-date advice from health services. Our
universities have a strong history of welcoming Chinese students and staff to
the UK and they are very much part of our international community. UK
universities will not tolerate racism in any form, and we encourage students
and staff to report any incident of racial harassment and seek support from
We understand that students and staff may be worried
about friends and family members in China and our thoughts go to all those
affected by this situation. At this difficult time, we ask that students and
staff support their fellow friends and colleagues in solidarity with the whole
of the international higher education community.
For more general support, students should contact their
institution’s wellbeing support services, or phone UKCISA’s Student Advice Line
on +442077889214 (1–4pm UK time, Monday–Friday).