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PolyU steps up precautionary measures for the Novel Coronavirus

25 Jan 2020

Others Communications and Public Affairs Office

In light of the latest development of the novel coronavirus, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has established a Task Force on Response Actions for Wuhan Pneumonia with the aim of safeguarding the health of PolyU staff and students. The following measures will be implemented with immediate effect.




All face-to-face teaching will be suspended during the period of 3 February 2020 to 16 February 2020. Face-to-face teaching will resume on 17 February 2020.




All inbound and outbound student and other exchange activities, including but not limited to internships, placements, service learning, etc., with Mainland China will be suspended until further notice.




All staff are encouraged to defer their business visits to Mainland China as far as practicable. If there is a genuine need to visit Mainland China, staff are advised to wear a surgical mask throughout the trip and continue to wear a surgical mask for 14 days after they return to Hong Kong, and to practice strict personal hygiene. The University advises it staff to seek medical consultation promptly if feeling unwell.




All staff and students who have developed a fever or feel unwell are strongly advised to seek medical advice and take medical leave. For students staying at the hostels, they should inform the University immediately under these circumstances.




Effective from 30 January 2020, body temperature screening will be conducted at all entrance checkpoints of the campus and School of Hotel and Tourism Management on a random basis. For Student Halls of Residence, body temperature measurements of all residents and visitors will be taken at the hostel entrances.




Anyone who is found to have developed a fever at the entrances will be advised to seek medical consultation. Professional advice is available to students and staff from UHS which has set up a first aid station at Room AG 206 on main campus and a temporary clinic at the Hung Hom Student Hall of Residence.

PolyU members are reminded to maintain strict personal hygiene at all times and stay vigilant against infectious diseases. The University will continue to provide health information and the latest updates about the Novel Coronavirus via its dedicated webpage. It also advises its staff and students to check the updated information from the website of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of HKSAR Government for this novel coronavirus disease.

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Eunice Cheng

Communications and Public Affairs Office

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