Exeter University cancels Chinese New Year celebrations over coronavirus concerns

The University of Exeter has cancelled its Chinese New Year celebrations this weekend to respect those affected by the coronavirus.

It has also called for its students to let them know as soon as possible if they have recently travelled to the coronavirus-hit city Wuhan.

Exeter university says it has cancelled celebrations as a mark of respect Credit: Exeter University
he Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are advising to only travel to mainland China if essential Credit: Exeter University

If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days please follow this guidance even if you do not have symptoms of the virus:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses

  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city

  • Stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan. This advice from Public Health England is a highly precautionary measure to limit the potential spread of infection.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all travel to Hubei Province. If you’re in this area and able to leave, you should do so as travel is likely to become more difficult. The FCO are also advising against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao).