Coronavirus: Region's universities issue guidance

The north east's universities have issued guidance to staff and students in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Northumbria, Newcastle, Sunderland, Teesside, York and York St John Universities have all released statements advising staff and students on their responses to the outbreak.

Northumbria University

In a statement Northumbria University said it was closely following government guidance and was ready to change its measures accordingly.

Newcastle University said it had identified around 300 students connected with the Hubei province in China Credit: PA Images

Newcastle University said it had identified a number of students connected with the Hubei province area of China, where the virus is believed to have originated, and was taking some precautionary measures.

Teesside University

Teesside University has halted all business travel to China for the time being.

The University of Sunderland

In its statement, the University of Sunderland said it had support services ready for any students wishing to seek further advice or guidance.

York St John University

York St John University said it was also following government guidance Credit: PA Images

Durham University

Durham University said it was actively monitoring the situation.

University of York

In its statement, the University of York said: