Schools urge students, faculty to self-quarantine if from China, 'high-risk' countries amid virus threat

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 01 2020 10:21 AM

MANILA - Several universities in Manila have advised students and faculty to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine if they had come from a trip to China amid concerns over the fast-spreading new coronavirus. 

Announcements came after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the Philippines' first case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a 38-year-old woman from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus originated.

The death toll in China from the new coronavirus has reached more than 200, with overall cases worldwide rising rapidly in an outbreak that the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency.

Here are universities that released advisories to their respective school communities regarding the virus: 

ADAMSON UNIVERSITY

 

Adamson called on all Chinese students to "observe self-quarantine" starting Jan. 31, the date the memo was issued, until Feb. 14. It did not mention previous travel to China as a pre-requisite to the voluntary quarantine. 

ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY

 

The ADMU said students and faculty who had traveled to China or may have been exposed to confirmed 2019-nCoV cases should undergo mandatory self-quarantine and inform the school's health services of their condition. 

FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY 

 

The FEU said students who had traveled to what it classified as "high-risk" countries should do a 14-day self-quarantine. It said these "high-risk" countries include China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Japan, United States, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Malaysia, France, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Singapore - places with confirmed cases of the virus. 

POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES

 

PUP, meanwhile, said all students and faculty members "who traveled abroad from Jan. 14, 2020 onwards are required to stay at home and undertake self-quarantine for 2 weeks or 14 days."

"Those who are experiencing fever are highly recommended to take a leave from class or work until fully recovered," it said.