Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Coronavirus FAQs

Information for Students and Staff concerned about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak campus and the state government are taking pro-active steps to keep students and staff safe.

There are currently no confirmed cases in Sarawak and we will continue to monitor the situation whilst working closely with the authorities.

Our campus will remain open and operate normally therefore staff and students are encouraged to continue with their day-to-day activities.

If you have visited China is the last 30 days or are feeling unwell, please inform us immediately via phone or e-mail :

Students: Contact Student HQ at SIC@swinburne.edu.my or +6082 415353

: Contact your line manager and HR

  1. What is coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They are found worldwide in humans and animals.

  2. What are the symptoms?

    It depends on the virus, but common symptoms include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.

  3. What precautionary actions have been taken by Swinburne and the government?

    At the moment, there are 0 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Sarawak and precautions are being taken to limit the spread of the virus.

    We are taking the following precautions to keep staff and students safe and it is important that everyone practices good hygiene to keep the community safe:

    • Hospital-grade hand sanitizers are provided at high-traffic areas for students and staff
    • A limited supply of face masks have been provided for staff and students who need it for medical conditions
    • Students and staff who have been to China in the past 30 days are advised to go on self-quarantine for 14 days
    • Students and staff who have symptoms of the coronavirus are asked to stay home and limit contact with others

    The state government has taken the following actions:

    • Chinese nationals from Wuhan and Hebei are not allowed to enter Sarawak
    • All incoming passengers at airports need to fill up a travel and health declaration form
    • All incoming passengers displaying symptoms of the virus will be screened by medical officers at the airport
  4. What are the precautionary measures I should take?

    The recommended steps people should take to protect themselves are the same as those to avoid flu and any other similar respiratory infections. You should maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene and should avoid visiting animal and bird markets or people who are ill with respiratory symptoms.

    Below are the WHO recommendations:

    • Clean hands with soap and water or alcohol based rub.
    • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or a flexed elbow.
    • Ensure you dispose of tissues hygienically.
    • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
    • Thoroughly cook meat and eggs.
    • Avoid unprotected contact with live or dead wild or farm animals.
  5. I have been to China in the past 30 days, what should I do?

    If you are a student, please contact Student HQ at SIC@swinburne.edu.my

    If you are a staff, please contact your line manager and HR.

  6. Where can I get support if I have concerns about my health or family and friends in Wuhan?

    If you develop symptoms in Kuching, please stay indoors and avoid contact with others where possible. If your health condition worsens or requires medical support, please visit the Sarawak General Hospital immediately. The hospital is located on Jalan Hospital, 93586 Kuching. You may contact the hospital at +6082 276666 or e-mail sgh@moh.gov.my .

    For support and counseling, you may also speak with a university counselor by contacting ecounselling@swinburne.edu.my to set an appointment or visit https://www.swinburne.edu.my/current-students/study-support/student-development-counselling/face-to-face-counselling.php for more information.

Current news from the Ministry of Health Sarawak

This is the latest Sarawak Government’s Policy Direction in regard to the global novel coronavirus outbreak.

As at 12pm today, there is no known novel coronavirus infection in Sarawak. To ensure Sarawak remains free of the sickness, the following immigration policies are being enforced.

  1. All Foreigners (irrespective of nationalities) who have been to China in the past 14 days will be REFUSED entry to the state.
  2. All Malaysians (non-resident of Sarawak) who have been to China in the last 14 days are strongly advised NOT to visit Sarawak until their 14 days home quarantine have been fully completed and they are not found to have been infected with the novel coronavirus.
  3. All Sarawakians and Sarawakian PR, Work and Student Visa holders who have been to China in the last 14 days must have COMPULSORY home quarantine for 14 days. They will be subjected to random monitoring by the relevant authorities.

The above actions are taken as part of the Sarawak State Government’s efforts and measures to mitigate the spread of the 2019-nCoV into Sarawak.

Last updated: Tuesday, 4-Feb-2020 at 3.00pm