University students, staff allow to take 2 weeks leave during coronavirus outbreak


BANGKOK — Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and Khon Kaen University in the northeast, announced earlier this week that they will allow their university students and staff who recently arrived from a trip abroad to take a leave of absence of up to two weeks.

To safeguard others from the coronavirus outbreak, the leave of absence of up to 2 weeks will not affect the students and staff absent leave count, according to the announcement released by Chulalongkorn University on January 27.

Both universities also asked those who have traveled abroad to monitor themselves for any symptoms associated with the deadly virus.

According to Chinese officials, the coronavirus is infectious in its incubation period – before symptoms show – making it harder to contain.

As of January 31, Thailand has 19 recorded cases of coronavirus infection. Seven of them have been discharged and have returned to China, while the remaining 12 are still in the hospital.

Thailand has 19 confirmed coronavirus cases, health officials said

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