12 March 2020
Public Health England (PHE) have confirmed that a student at SOAS has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), the first confirmed case at SOAS.
We are following all PHE advice and action needed in this specific case in relation to the student and the small number of close contacts of the student. There are no additional preventive steps needed for the SOAS community, over and above those already in place.
PHE has advised the School that their assessment in relation to the specifics of this case is that the risk to other students, staff and visitors is very low and that university activities can continue as normal.
Our priority is providing support for the affected student and the close contacts, and continuing to offer the best advice and information on Covid-19 to other SOAS students and staff.
This news will be distressing for our staff and students and we can confirm that we are following all PHE advice and we will not do anything to put health and safety at risk at SOAS.
In line with all PHE advice and practice we are not naming the student or their close contacts at SOAS. The origin of this case has been identified and is not within the SOAS community.
General advice and information is provided on MySOAS for staff and MySOAS for students and support continues to be available for students through Student Advice and Wellbeing and for staff through the Employee Assistance Programme.