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News archive - January 2020

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Campus support for Coronavirus outbreak

With the news of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan affecting the people of China and the world, we wanted to reach out and let you know that the University of Waterloo, the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association and the Graduate Student Association are thinking of our students, especially many of our international students whose family and friends may be impacted by the illness and the efforts to contain its spread.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Travel advisory - travel to China is suspended

On January 29, the Government of Canada raised the risk level for travel to China to “avoid non-essential travel.” In light of this change, we are suspending all travel to China on University business until further notice.

We will remain in touch with travellers in China to offer our assistance, as required, on a case-by-case basis. Students and other travellers currently in China are not required to leave the country.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Coronavirus update

In January 2020, a new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia originating in Wuhan, China. The situation is rapidly evolving and Campus Wellness, Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services, Public Health Ontario, along with the Ministry of Health, is closely monitoring the outbreak.

The risk to Ontarians is still considered low.