Taiwan’s top universities report coronavirus case, restrict campus access

NCCU president says foreign exchange student infected

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NCCU President Kuo Ming-cheng (center) discusses coronavirus case (photo courtesy of NCCU) 

NCCU President Kuo Ming-cheng (center) discusses coronavirus case (photo courtesy of NCCU)  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — National Taiwan University (NTU) has banned visits by outsiders, and National Chengchi University (NCCU) has confirmed that a student has been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), reports said Friday (March 27).

The NTU campus in Taipei City is a popular destination for visitors due to its parks, ponds, and sports facilities, but university authorities have decided that only students, teachers, and other personnel will be allowed inside, with anyone seeking to enter required to show a relevant ID.

Another prestigious Taipei university, NCCU, acknowledged that one of the new coronavirus cases announced Thursday (March 26) is one of its students. The university’s president, Kuo Ming-cheng (郭明政), said he did not mind the school’s name being made public as an institution affected by the coronavirus, CNA reported. Earlier, government officials had asked the media not to reveal the names of schools or companies where virus cases have been confirmed.

In an open letter to the students and teachers Thursday, Kuo called for calm after acknowledging that two NCCU students are having to stay under home quarantine and that two classes will be affected, affecting 26 students and teachers and forcing 54 people to stay home and monitor their health.

Later Thursday, the university was informed that an exchange student from Belgium had been infected with the virus, according to TVBS. Speaking to the media on Friday, Kuo said that the student had never entered the campus and has respected the two weeks of home quarantine required.