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To all Keio students:
The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo Metropolis, as well as Saitama, Chiba, and Kanagawa Prefectures, due to the serious situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) infections and rapidly increasing number of cases. Accordingly, we urge all Keio students to conduct themselves in such a way as to prevent the further spread of infections, and strongly request their strict observance of the following items for the duration that the declaration remains in effect in the foreseeable future.
In order to stem the rapid increase of infections, it is important to definitively curb the flow of people. We strongly request that you stay indoors and refrain from going outside when not necessary or urgent; that you strictly avoid "closed," "crowded," or "close-contact" environments; that all necessary trips outside are kept short; and that you desist as far as possible from traveling between cities or prefectures.
Because dinners involving multiple people gathering to converse and eat and drink together result in the participants removing their masks at close distance while also engaging in conversation, they carry an extremely high risk of infection through droplets, and this has in fact been a major source of the recent spread of infections. Although we have to date issued repeated requests to Keio students that they refrain from dining with others, we once more strongly urge your vigilance in this regard.
We strongly request that students refrain from all extracurricular activities involving face-to-face practice, meetings, events, camps, etc. Details on requests regarding the extracurricular activities of officially authorized student clubs will be sent separately to the persons in charge of respective groups.
Please continue to thoroughly implement measures to prevent infections, including by maintaining physical distance, wearing a mask, thorough hand hygiene and gargling, and avoidance of the "3 Cs" (closed spaces/crowded places/close contact), with a view to not "getting infected" or "infecting others," in addition to refraining from trips outside as mentioned above.
If you do get infected or suspect you may be infected with COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the disease without appropriate protection against infection, please immediately report this to the Keio University Health Center from the page below.
See below regarding specific courses of actions and procedures:
・Keio University Health Center: About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidelines for infection control at the university and workplace
See below regarding what to do when feeling unwell:
・Measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) when feeling unwell
Detailed information concerning COVID-19 is posted on the Keio student website (https://www.students.keio.ac.jp/com/class/schedule/covid-19.html). Please confirm this information and make all efforts to prevent infections. In addition, always stay up to date with announcements and information issued by national and local governments and behave accordingly.
When infected, there are cases of people suffering serious aftereffects even if they only experienced mild symptoms initially. Careless behavior has the potential to indirectly contribute to serious conditions in others. Please conduct yourself with responsibility and sound judgment so as to protect the lives and livelihoods of yourself, your family, and your friends.