Novel Coronavirus related illness (COVID-19)

The information below is current as of February 20, 2020

(Re-)Entry to Japan will not be permitted for persons below. For students and staff who fall under these conditions, prepare for unexpected itinerary change before you leave Japan. Japanese Foreign Ministry cautions against traveling to these areas.

- Any non-Japanese passport holders visited Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China in the past 14 days at the time of arrival in Japan.
- Passport holders issued by Hubei Province, People's Republic of China.

We, the Health Service Center of the University of Tokyo, offer various health services including clinical services to the university members. Currently the laboratory test of the new coronavirus is available only at limited facilities, and specialized treatment for the new coronavirus infection is offered at designated medical centers. If you have cold-like symptoms or fever (>=37.5 C) for more than 3 days*,  or if you have strong fatigues or shortness of breath, it may be a sign of novel coronavirus infection. Call the public health service center or see this page or this. *: two days if you are aged or have underlying diseases.

A new coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. As of February 17, the number of patients worldwide is about 72,000, and 1,775 have died. When Hubei province is excluded, about 13,600 patients with 79 death are reported. Preventive actions are recommended even if you are in Japan, where about 510 patients including 454 cruise ship passengers are reported.

- Avoid travel to the affected area. The Foreign Ministry of Japan cautions against traveling to Hubei Province and Wenzhou city, Zhejiang Province keeping the warning level to 3 on four-point scale.

- Avoid non-essential travel to mainland China. The Foreign Ministry raised the warning level to 2 (effective January 31.)

- The U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory for China from Level 3 to Level 4, citing the coronavirus outbreak in the country. “Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China,”

- If you feel sick after travel to the area or a contact with a sick person returned from the area, seek medical care. Before you visit a hospital / clinic, call in advance and tell the staff about your recent travel / contact and your symptoms.

- Diagnosis testing for the new coronavirus is available only at limited facilities. University Health Service centers cannot perform the test. We refer suspected patients to appropriate hospitals whenever necessary.

Q & A on novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) by Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Everyday preventive actions (source: CDC) :

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Novel Coronavirus in China Warning - Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA.

Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) WHO

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak WHO