Update 26 February 2020

In advance of the reading week next week please see the UK government’s latest advice on the Coronavirus

Please note that in addition to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and other areas previously identified by the World Health Organisation as potential outbreak areas, there are further concerns being raised about traveling to parts of northern Italy after a number of cases of the virus have been found there.

If you do plan to travel outside of the UK, please travel informed and prepared. You can find more information from the FCO on travel on their website.

If you are concerned about your health and need advice on what to do next, please call 111 or consult with your GP. You may also wish to contact us via email at studentaffairs@richmond.ac.uk

In addition, the Home Office has also implemented an immigration helpline open for international students at 0800 678 1767. Lines are open 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Calls are free of charge or email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk.

3 February 2020

Richmond, The American International University in London, is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus, and seeking advice from the UK authorities, based on the latest available information.

We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our staff and students during the current situation.

The latest government advice is available through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Public Health England.

On 1 February 2020, Public Health England advised an increase of the UK risk level from low to moderate. This does not mean they think the risk to individuals in the UK has changed, but that government should plan for all eventualities. Young, healthy adults are much less likely than elderly people or those with chronic illness to develop serious disease if infected.

Any students who are concerned about their health should seek medical advice by calling their GP or the free NHS 111 telephone helpline with details of their travel history.

If any students are worried about family and friends in affected areas, Richmond’s Student Affairs and Wellbeing team (bainsb@richmond.ac.uk) provides a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for students to discuss any concerns they may have.