Coronavirus (COVID-19)
UK advice for students and staff

UPDATE 16/03/2020

The health and safety of our students and staff at the ICMT is paramount. Whilst we have had no reported cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have made the decision to close both ICMT London and Belfast.

All of our locations are now closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation closely across all of our locations and will provide updates to our students and staff accordingly.

UPDATE 13/03/2020

Following the decision in New York City to close bars, restaurants and schools we will be closing ICMT New York from Monday 16th March until further notice.

We are closely monitoring the situation in London and Belfast and will act accordingly with Government and WHO advice. We are putting in extra measures across our colleges to minimise the risk of infection, including enhanced cleaning and providing antibacterial gel throughout.

Stay at home: Guidance for people with confirmed or possible Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection

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UPDATE: 12/03/2020

The UK Government has put new measures into place as it moves into the ‘delay’ phase of the plan to tackle the Coronavirus. Following these new measures, students at both our London and Belfast colleges are asked to stay at home and self isolate for 7 days if they have symptoms of Coronavirus, however mild. This includes a new, continuous cough or a high temperature (37.8 degrees celsius or more). If you have to self isolate you must inform your schools admin office.
Whilst our Rome college continues to remain closed we are closely monitoring the situation in London, Belfast and New York and will act accordingly with Government and WHO advice. We are putting in extra measures across all our colleges to minimise the risk of infection, including enhanced cleaning and providing antibacterial gel throughout.

Stay at home: Guidance for people with confirmed or possible Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection

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UPDATE: 04/03/2020

The Italian government has confirmed it will close all public Schools and Universities from Thursday 5 March until Sunday 15 March, as it battles to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Whilst we have had no reports of any students or staff feeling unwell, we have decided to follow this advice and will close ICMT Rome. We will continue to monitor the situation and students will be informed of updates or changes.

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The health, welfare and safety of students and staff at the ICMT is our number one priority. We are currently acting on advice from sources including the World Health Organisation, the NHS and Public Health England. We have taken proactive steps to contact our students and staff to ensure that everyone has access to the latest advice.

We have made the decision to close ICMT New York and Rome following advice from local governments. We will continue to monitor the situation in the UK and have made plans to act quickly if the situation changes and will provide further updates as necessary.

We will tell you if the advice from Public Health England changes. If you are unwell, please stay at home and contact your doctor or call NHS 111. Do let your schools admin office know.

A coronavirus is a type of virus which is common across the world. Typical symptoms include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation declared a public health emergency of international concern, and UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. However, the risk to individuals remains low.

Information, including the number of UK cases, is being updated daily on the Government website. Please check regularly for changes.

At this time of year, viral respiratory infections such as colds and influenza are very common in the community within the UK, and if staff or students develop viral symptoms they should manage these as they usually would.

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:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people immediately if you’ve travelled to the UK from:

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
  • other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
  • other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.