Oxford International English Schools' Statement on the Coronavirus



| 10 Февраля 2020, 15:07

Oxford International English Schools' Statement on the Coronavirus

Dear Partners WikiVisa,

We are sure that like us you are concerned over the outbreak of Coronavirus in China. We would like to reassure all of our partners, students, parents, schools and other institutions that Oxford international are taking every precaution and following government advice. We are doing all we can to ensure the welfare of our students and staff and can confirm that there have been no cases of Coronavirus. We would like to minimise any disruption to student travel plans during this period and continue service as normal.

English UK has received reassurance from the Tourism Industry Emergency Response Group (TIER) that the risk of infection in the UK is assessed as low, all passengers arriving at UK airports are screened thoroughly and the National Health Service is prepared to manage and isolate any suspected cases. Alongside this, the Chinese government has imposed a travel ban on all group travel internally and externally out of China for the next three months so we will not have any students from China on upcoming junior programmes in the UK or North America. This travel ban is currently in place until the end of April, at which time it will be reviewed unless there are dramatic improvements in the situation prior to this. 

We continue to monitor the situation carefully and are following the advice from Public Health England which is to observe good, basic hygiene practice to minimise a range of infections, not just Coronavirus. Everyone in the UK is advised to regularly check the official Public Health England website for updates.

We wish to emphasise the UK Government advice, that any student, parent or visitor who has travelled to or has been in direct contact with anyone from a Coronavirus affected area to:
  • 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
  • Avoid having visitors to your home, where possible
  • Avoid using public transport or taxis
  • Stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan
This advice should be followed even if there are no symptoms of the virus.

We will continue to monitor the situation and respond to updated advice from the government, we will notify all of our partners of any changes.

Kind regards,
Gary Palmer
Managing Director, EFL UK
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