Employers and foreign experts:
On the occasion of the Spring Festival, we would like to extend our sincere regards and greetings to you and your family!
To curb the outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Fujian Province activated on January 24th Level-I alert [the highest level] of public health incidents in accordance with the Public Health Emergency Contingency Plan of Fujian. Attaching paramount importance to the situation, the CPC Xiamen Municipal Committee and Xiamen Municipal People's Government have set up a special taskforce and taken swift actions, which have resulted in effective prevention and control. Here are some recommendations to employers and foreign experts in Xiamen：
I. According to the Notice of General Office of the State Council on Extending the Chinese Spring Festival Holiday of Year 2020, Xiamen City Service Window on Work Permits for Foreigners in China hereby extends its Spring Festival Holiday of Year 2020 until February 2, 2020 (Sunday), and will go into operation since February 3, 2020 (Monday).
II. Follow authoritative source for latest information
For verified epidemic updates, prevention and control guide, and other important health notices, please:
--Visit the official website of Xiamen Municipal Health Commission (XMHC) at http://hfpc.xm.gov.cn or follow XMHC's official WeChat account (Name:“Xiamen Health (健康厦门)"，ID: xm-hfpc); or--Check the official Wechat account of Xiamen Media Group (Name:“Xiamen Media(厦门广电)”, ID: xmgd2015) or that of Xiamen Daily (Name:“Xiamen Daily”(厦门日报）, ID: xiamenribao) .You can also call the XMHC 24-hour hotline at 0592-2058120 for inquiry.
III. Daily prevention
The 2019-nCov is a type of coronavirus, identified as the cause of the respiratory disease outbreak in Wuhan, China, and can be transmitted from person to person. Please follow these instructions to protect yourself:
(1) Avoid going out and group activities such as parties. If you have to go out, make sure you wear a mask properly;
(2) Open windows and ensure good ventilation at home; frequently clean hands using soap and water and disinfect regularly;
(3) Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and/or cough;
(4) Avoid consuming raw or undercooked animal products;
(5) Monitor body temperature of yourself and family members.
IV. Support our prevention and control efforts
In case of recent visit to affected areas or having contact with people from those areas, please report to the community, Sub-district government or the municipal CDC as early as possible. Please cooperate with the government or community personnel and medical staff if they inquire about your conditions.
V. Always stay connected
During the outbreak, please make sure you can be reached via phones or emails. The employer shall pay attention to the physical condition and travel plans of its foreign employees. Foreign employees who are not in Xiamen during the holidays are advised to postpone their return.
VI. Seek timely medical care at designated hospitals
Please pay close attention to your personal health. Should you catch a fever, cough, experience fatigue or a feeling of oppression of the chest, please wear a surgical mask and seek medical care right away at the nearest clinics for fever diagnosis and treatment of Grade II and above general hospitals. Visit medical institutions nearby in time according to your physical condition; try to avoid taking metro, bus and other means of public transport;
Please see the attached list for the 19 designated hospitals at or above Grade II with clinics dealing with fever in Xiamen.
The designated hospital for 2019-nCoV treatment is The First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University, Xinglin Branch (Address: 11 Hongdai Rd, Jimei District, Xiamen).
With your support and our joint efforts, we have every confidence to win the battle against the virus epidemic.