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NU releases Coronavirus statement

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Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Wuhan, China, a Newcastle University spokesperson has released a statement assuring students of the support provided to all Newcastle students from the Hubei province. The spokesperson said that the University is hosting roughly 300 students from Hubei.

“We are writing to them all to remind them to follow the health protection advice and to offer support to any student concerned about themselves or loved ones,” the spokesperson said. 

“We have arranged a dedicated health event for any student arriving from China in the last month ensuring they register with a doctor.”

The University of Chester, meanwhile, has notified students currently in the UK that if they return to China for Chinese New Year they will not be readmitted to Chester without a suitable quarantine period.

Officials have announced that six people are being tested for suspected coronavirus in the UK, though none of these cases are confirmed. Five of these are in Scotland, with a further one in Belfast.

The head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh Professor Jurgen Haas fears there will be many more cases from other UK cities.

Since writing this article, the UK’s first two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. The two patients were transferred from a hotel in York to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle to receive specialist treatment. Read more here.

Last modified: 31st January 2020

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