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AGU’s policy on new coronavirus updated on March 26, 2020

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2020.03.26

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AGU’s policy on new coronavirus updated on March 26, 2020

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Note: Updated information is underlined.

To students, faculty members and administrative staff,

■Travel restrictions

The travel advisory guidelines from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) have been updated daily since the coronavirus outbreaks in such countries as China, South Korea, Iran and Italy etc.

Students and faculty members are strongly cautioned against travelling to any country/region where the MOFA’s infectious disease alert level is “Level 2” or higher. Travel to these areas should not be undertaken until there is a return to “Level 1”. Any student, faculty and staff who are currently in any area categorized as “Level 2” or higher should immediately return to Japan.

Please check the MOFA website below for the alert level of each country/region.
Reference - MOFA's Overseas Travel Safety Level
Level 1: Yellow - Exercise caution
Level 2: Pale orange - Avoid non-essential travel
Level 3: Orange -Avoid all travel
Level 4: Red - Evacuate and avoid all travel

■Students, faculty, and staff returning from areas that are subject to enhanced quarantine

Students, faculty, and staff returning from areas that are subject to enhanced quarantine are required to self-isolate for 14 days after entering Japan, and are not to use public transportation in Japan. They are also prohibited from entering the university until the end of the incubation period. If someone does not feel well after the incubation period, they should refrain from coming to the university. Please refer to the following websites for the most up-to-date information on areas subject to enhanced quarantine.

■Students, faculty and staff who are returning from an area where infectious disease alert level is Level 2 or higher

Please self-isolate for two weeks during the incubation period while rigorously checking your conditions, and avoid all unnecessary travel. You should also refrain from entering the University.
If you have any symptoms such as a fever or a cough, please call the Returnees and Contact Center immediately by phone.
- Students and part-time lecturers should call the Healthcare Administration Center at 03-3409-7896.
- Full-time faculty members and administrative staff including part-time staff should contact the dean or director of your department.

■Students and Faculty Returning from Overseas

Regardless of the risk level of infection, students, faculty, and staff who have returned from overseas and are not feeling well should avoid all non-essential travel.


■Overseas travel during the spring holidays

If you plan to travel abroad, please make your safety the top priority and revise or cancel your travel based on the latest information, not only concerning heavily infected countries and regions but also their neighboring countries.
When coming back to Japan from abroad, you might be subject to a self-quarantine for two weeks depending on the area in which you stayed. Please check the latest information
To students who are due to travel abroad in the university-sponsored overseas programs, the organizers may need to contact you. Please check the Student Portal regularly.

■ If you suspect you have symptoms:

If you have a fever or other symptoms of cold, please refrain from coming to the university or going out.
If you have any of the following symptoms, consult your local Returnee Contact Center by phone and follow the instructions.
1. The symptoms of a cold or fever of 37.5 degrees or higher continuing for 4 days or more (or about 2 days for the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions)
2. You feel fatigued or experience shortness of breath

■Reporting infection when you are tested positive or have close contact with those who are positive

If you and your family member who live with you are infected or you have close contact with those who are tested positive, please refrain from coming to the university. If you are a student or a part-time lecturer, please call the Healthcare Administration Center at 03-3409-7896 immediately. Full-time faculty and administrative staff including part-time staff should report to the dean or director of your department.
New type coronavirus infection (COVID-19) is defined as a "designated infectious disease" by a Cabinet Order and is considered as a "first-class infectious disease" as stipulated in the School Health and Safety Law.

■How to prevent infection:

To minimize the spread of infections it is necessary to prevent the creation of a cluster or small group of infected cases. Please avoid gathering together in groups in poorly ventilated and/or crowded spaces, and continue to take measures against infectious diseases such as the wearing of masks, cough etiquette, hand washing, and gargling.