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Advice regarding Coronavirus

06 February 2020

A new coronavirus was identified in the city of Wuhan, China. This coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness. The virus has spread to other countries in Asia and travel-related cases have now also been identified in Europe. The University of Groningen is monitoring the developments closely and is following the advice and potential measures communicated by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

  • Students and staff returning from China are advised to consult the websites of the RIVM and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (or @247BZ) for up-to-date travel and health information and advice.
  • If you have recently been to China and you are experiencing health problems such as fever or lung problems, you should report to your doctor (GP) by phone. Stay at home until the GP has visited. No GP in Groningen? Then the StudentArts general practice at Hanzeplein is a good starting point or click here for an overview of GP's in the city of Groningen.
  • On Thursday January 30, the Ministry changed the travel advice for the Chinese mainland to orange: only travel to China if this is really necessary. UG follows this advice. The code red still applies to the Hubei province. You cannot enter or exit Wuhan and other major cities in Hubei province by road, train, or air.
  • Specific for students: If your destination in China cannot be reached due to travel bans or if your intended educational institution is closed or you can't travel to the Netherlands, and you incur a study delay as a result, please contact your study advisor within the Faculty.

More information

The RIVM has published a very useful Q&A on their website with topics ranging from prevention, feeling sick, to travel. If you have any other questions that have not been answered on the websites of the RIVM or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, you can contact the UG department of Health, Safety & Sustainability at Visserstraat 49 (050-3633398 / 050-3634820 /

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