Corona Virus updates regarding the current outbreak of the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) disease in Wuhan and Hubei province.
The WHO declared a global public health emergency since Jauary 2020.
The virus has been rapidly spreading to all of mainland China and neighboring countries in Asia. The worldwide spread is observed at current and it is exspected to see a multitude of newly discovered cases in all countries in the next few weeks, as experienced already in the past few weeks. In recent days, the risk of a world-wide spread of COVID-19 is at current high and an increasing number of countries do report a fast increas in cases, while lately the situation in China showed a significant decrease in cases.
Current Corona Virus updates and further information can be obtained by all students from the WHO. The WHO is currently publishing frequent updates on the situation in China and globally. An overview of the case numbers worldwide is published by the WHO here.
The risk level has been asessed by the WHO to ‘very high’ within China and to ‘high’ in all other regions worldwide.
The number of confirmed cases in Shanghai has slicghtly declined to under 350 cases, none of those are treated at the Shanghai East Hospital. At current, the Med’oPolo International Elective Program Shanghai is giving its international students a moderate travel warning for Shanghai. There is no actual severe concern at this point and the WHO has not recommended any limitations on international travel, according to the latest COVID-19 updates available. A rising number of travel limitations have already been imposed by individual countries, however.
We advise all students to strictly observe hygiene standards (including using alcoholic hand desinfectant) and to avoid large crowds in public. We still strongly advise all accepted students for scheduled for elective in February, March, and April 2020 to closely monitor the progress and to register at their countries crisis-prevention-list prior to travel to Shanghai. Students scheduled to begin their rotation in March and April are at current advised to look into the possibility of postponing their starting date to May 2020 or later, if possible. At current, several departments of the Shanghai East Hospital have been closed.
The decision of quarantine measures is made on different levels. All measures are wideley differing withijn Shanghai and many housing blocks do not allow entry for newly arrived aliens, as happened in the past in single cases. Please make sure to contact us prior to travel in either way.
We will keep you updated on current events of course. If you are an enrolled student and you should encounter any problems, please contact us and we will assist you in any possible way.
In case of any dramatic change of the situation, all students currently in Shanghai will be contacted at once and receive advise on how to proceed. We are in close contact with the “Auswärtiges Amt” of Germany, the German Embassy in Beijing, as well as with the European Headquarters of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to monitor the progress and to obtain relyable advice regarding our international medical student internship in Shanghai, PRC. Although we take the utmost care to follow up the events, we still recommend for every student to be vigilant and contact us in case any information on any possible threads is available. For emergencies, please contact us through WeChat at any time.
Due to the current situation, all electives planned to start in February, March, and April and May 2020 can be postponed without any hassle on a flexible basis.