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Novel Coronavirus in China - travel advice for students

An unprecedented coronavirus has caused an ongoing outbreak of pneumonia in several people in the major city of Wuhan, China. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) now advises against travels to the Hubei province and China which are not strictly necessary.

The new virus is an airway virus, which can sometimes lead to severe illness in humans.

Advises against travels to the Hubei province

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for for China (NO) on Monday 17th of February, and now advises against travels to Hubei Province and travels to China which are not strictly necessary, except Hongkong, Macau and Taiwan.

UiB recommends that students who are traveling abroad to follow travel advice from the Norwegian Ministry of Forreign Affairs (NO) and travel advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NO).

Advice from local authorities should also be followed during long stays.

UiB also advise our students to register their travel details at the website www.reiseregistrering.no (NO).

Preventive advice

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

You will find more information and advice for the public at the World Health Organization website

Visits by people who have been in areas with infection

As long as guests do not have symptoms, there is no requirement that they avoid contact with others or be examined. Good hand hygiene is recommended and it is important that they are informed to contact the health service early in the event of a fever or symptoms of respiratory infection. Telephone contact with the doctor is recommended before examination.