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Policy on the Novel Coronavirus at Osaka City University (Revised as of 27 February 2020)

Published on Feb 07, 2020

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27 February 2020
OCU Novel Coronavirus Emergency Task Force

※Changes from the third edition issued on 17 February 2020
・New Information has been added in 1, 2 and 3 as the risk level of infectious disease in the Daegu Metropolitan City and Cheongdo County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea has been raised to 2.
・Definition of those who may be infected in 5. has been updated.

At present, those infected with the new coronavirus are rapidly increasing, mainly in China. On 28 January 2020, the Japanese government approved a cabinet order to designate the new coronavirus as an “infectious disease” as stipulated by the infectious disease control law (enforced on 1 February 2020).

Also, as of 31 January 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has set the whole area of Hubei Province in China to infectious disease danger level 3 (travel ban), raised the infectious disease danger level in other parts of China from 1 (Be careful) to 2 (Stop unnecessary and urgent travel) and on 14 February 2020, also raised infectious disease danger level of Wenzhou City, Zhejiang to 3 (travel ban).

In addition, Japan has been designated as a country subject to travel ban by Korea while Samoa and Micronesia designated Japan as a country with immigration restrictions. On 13 February, a Japanese who has not traveled to China, died due to infections of the new coronavirus. Since then infections have spread throughout the world and on February 25, the risk level of infectious disease in the Daegu Metropolitan City and Cheongdo County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea, has become Level 2.

Below is Osaka City University's policy regarding overseas travel as of today.

Information on infectious diseases constantly changes. Please stay updated with the latest information.

1. Students and faculty/staff who travel overseas 

(1-1)Travel to Hubei Province, China.
As it is set as Level 3 (travel ban – recommended to stop traveling) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please refrain from traveling there.

(1-2)Travel to Zhejiang Province, China.
As of 12 February 2020, the government has restricted reentry into Japan for foreigners who have stayed in Zhejiang Province in China within the last 14 days. If you travel to Zhejiang Province, it may be difficult to reenter Japan. In addition, on 14 February the risk level of infectious disease in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province has raised to 3 "travel ban – recommended to stop travelling",  therefore, travelling to Zhejiang Province is also prohibited.

(2)Traveling to other parts of China (including Hong Kong and Macau) besides Hubei and Zhejiang Provinces, as well as the Daegu Metropolitan City and Cheongdo County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea.
The infectious disease danger level in the whole area of China outside of Hubei and Zhejiang Provinces, as well as the Daegu Metropolitan City and Cheongdo County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea is “Level 2: Stop unnecessary and urgent travel”. If you leave Japan, there is a possibility you cannot reenter the country upon return. Thus, traveling to these areas is prohibited. If it is unavoidable, beforehand be sure to submit a pledge to the appropriate department to take the following actions. (Please follow 2 below.)

(3)Traveling to countries and regions besides the ones above.
Infection has spread and traveling has been restricted to countries and regions other than those mentioned above in (1-1), (1-2), and (2), and it may be difficult for you to return to Japan. In addition, since there is an increased risk of infection on a plane or on a ship during a long trip, please refrain from traveling as much as possible.

2.In the case where students and faculty/staff are returning to Japan from China as well as the Daegu Metropolitan City and Cheongdo County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea

(1)For 2 weeks after reentry, please keep a record of your physical condition and temperature to ensure you don‘t have symptoms of a fever or a cough.
(2)For the two weeks, avoid going out unless absolutely necessary and try to do as many activities as possible at home (including studying).
(3)If you have symptoms such as a fever or coughing, do not go to a medical institution directly, but first consult the Osaka Prefectural Consultation Office or the jurisdictional public health center and follow their instructions. Also call the Health and Medical Services Center at OCU.

3.Accepting/inviting researchers from China as well as the Daegu Metropolitan City and Cheongdo County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea

It has been requested that the accepting/inviting of researchers from China and the Daegu Metropolitan City and Cheongdo County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province in South Korea is to be suspended or postponed until the situation has resolved.

4.Classes and final exams

Follow the same procedure for other infectious diseases (such as influenza).

5.For those who may be infected 

Those who apply to following (A) and (B) should contact the specially designated consultation center (帰国者・接触者相談センター) at your local public health center or the jurisdictional public health center in Osaka Prefecture, follow their directions, and also call the Health and Medical Services Center at OCU.

(A) Having symptoms of cold or fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius or higher continues for more than four days (including the situation when you must continue to take medication to reduce fever)
(B) Feel severe drooling (malaise) and breathlessness (dyspnea)

* The above situation continues for approximately two days for elderly people or those with underlying diseases  
* If the center thinks you are infected, you will be told to visit a specially designated outpatient clinic (帰国者・接触者外来). Please wear a surgical mask and avoid public transportation in your commute.

Contact information:
Specially designated consultation center (帰国者・接触者相談センター) 
  Osaka City Public Health Center 
     TEL: 06-6647-0641 / FAX: 06-6647-1029
  Other Public Health Centers in Osaka Prefecture
     (Please check the list of the public health centers from here.) 
  Health and Medical Service Center TEL: 06-6605-2108

6.Others

・Since a Japanese person who has not traveled to China died due to infections of the new coronavirus, even while in Japan please stay away from the crowds and refrain from going out unless absolutely necessary.
・During the cold and flu season it is also important to take regular measures against infection, such as proper etiquette with coughing and washing hands. 
・It has been reported that slander and unfounded rumors about Chinese people are spreading on social media. There are many international students from China and South Korea in OCU. Our students, faculty and staff members are asked to be calm, act based on correct information, and never to abuse human rights toward infected people, foreigners, medical personnel, etc. If you feel like someone's basic human rights are being violated, please contact the faculty/graduate school that you belong to. 

●Contact Information:
 ・Students… Faculty/Graduate School that you belong to
  International students…  Global Exchange Office TEL:06-6605-3454
 ・Faculty/staff … Faculty/Graduate School, Office that you belong to
   ・
Health Consultation Counter for New Coronavirus Infections 
          … Osaka Prefectural Consultation Counter: 
                  TEL: 06-6944-8197 [dedicated line]
                  FAX: 06-6944-7579

Useful websites (Japanese):

・Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/ 

・Prime Minister’s Office of Japan
 https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/headline/kansensho/coronavirus.html 

・Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
 https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00001.html

・Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology-Japan
 https://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/coronavirus/index.html

・Embassy of Japan in China
   https://www.cn.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_ja/index.html

・Infectious Disease Surveillance (IDSC)
   https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/ja/from-idsc/2482-corona/9305-corona.html

・Osaka Prefectural Government
   http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/iryo/osakakansensho/corona.html

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