UNSW’s response to the coronavirus

31 Jan 2020
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The University is continuing to update its response and FAQs in relation to the coronavirus.

On Monday 27 January, NSW Health advised that a UNSW student has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The student remains in hospital in isolation and is making good progress.

NSW Health has advised that the student adhered to their advice and precautions since arriving from Wuhan on 23 January.

The student did not attend any classes at the University and stayed on her own in campus accommodation with no close contact before she was admitted to hospital.

UNSW extends its best wishes to the student for continued recovery. We will continue to review and monitor the situation and update students and staff as new information becomes available.

On Wednesday 29 January, UNSW received updated information on the coronavirus from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC). In light of this new information, released by Professor Brendan Murphy, the Chief Medical Officer of Australia, UNSW has updated its advice for students and staff. The new measures state that:

  1. People who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure;
  2. Returned travellers who have been in Hubei province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei province, other than for seeking individual medical care.

You can read the AHPPC’s full statement here.

UNSW will continue to update students and staff as information is made available. UNSW is contacting new and continuing students from Hubei province to offer support, advice and assistance.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) also updated its overall advice level for travel to China to ‘reconsider your need to travel’. Travel advice for Hubei province remains as ’do not travel’. You can find the latest travel advice at https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/china 

You can read UNSW’s full response here. UNSW FAQs are available here. This page is being regularly updated as more information becomes available.