[For Keio Students, Faculty, and Staff Members] Pneumonia Associated with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)(Part 3)
February 14, 2020
To all Keio students, faculty, and staff members,
Following the spread of pneumonia associated with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), principally in China, the Japanese government has decided to restrict the entry into Japan of foreign nationals who visited the Zhejiang Province within 14 days of applying for landing permission in addition to visitors to Hubei Province. Keio University will take the following measures in light of this decision (major revisions to the previous measures listed in "Part 2" are shown in bold).
We will continue to post updates on necessary measures as and when necessary based on the domestic circumstances of Japan. Please check for the latest information.
Furthermore, a more detailed explanation of the measures put in place by the university has been posted on the keio.jp portal for Keio students. Please check your keio.jp account.
1) Preventing infection
Please enforce a strict regimen of hand hygiene (washing hands, using a disinfectant, etc.). If you have any symptoms including a cough, sneezing, a runny nose, sore throat, or a fever, please ensure that you wear a mask.
2) Ban on travel to China and measures in place after returning to Japan
As of February 14, the infection danger level set by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan is at level 2 for the Chinese mainland (please stop all non-urgent and unnecessary travel). Keio students, faculty, and staff members are in principle prohibited from traveling to China until the danger level is lowered from the current level of 2.
Keio students, faculty, and staff members who have returned to Japan from China within the last two weeks are requested to follow the steps below (refer to the figure below):
●Please check whether or not you have a fever (37.5 degrees Celsius or above) or any respiratory symptoms (coughing, breathing difficulties, etc.).
●If you have symptoms, please avoid contact with other people, wear a mask, and immediately consult with your nearest public health center by phone or call the phone consultation service detailed below and follow the instructions provided. Please state that you recently stayed in China when contacting these services.
●Even if you do not have symptoms, please continue to strictly monitor your health for a period of two weeks following your return to Japan and wear a mask when going outside. Persons who traveled to a region for which entry into Japan is restricted for foreign nationals that visited these regions within 14 days of applying for landing permission by the Japanese government (Hubei and Zhejiang Provinces as of February 14,), or who had contact with someone that stayed in these regions, are prohibited from coming on campus or going to their place of work for two weeks from the day of returning to Japan. If any symptoms arise within two weeks of returning to Japan, please avoid contact with other people, wear a mask, and immediately consult your nearest public health center by phone or call the phone consultation service detailed below and follow the instructions provided.
●If no symptoms arise within two weeks of returning to Japan, the period of observation for possible infection will come to an end.
COVID-19 has been classified as a "designated infectious disease" by the Japanese government and is therefore deemed to be a "Class I Infectious Disease" as stipulated in the School Health and Safety Act. If by any chance you have been diagnosed as infected with the disease or are suspected of being infected, please immediately notify the Keio University Health Center (Tel: 045-566-1055) and refrain from coming to the university or your place of work until you receive permission to do so from your attending doctor.