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RIKEN’s Response to COVID-19 (Updated March 27)

Mar. 27, 2020
Case of COVID-19 discovered within RIKEN (2)

On March 26, a staff working at the RIKEN Yokohama Branch was newly confirmed to have COVID-19.

RIKEN has and will continue to implement all necessary measures to prevent the further spread of infection within the institute in accordance with public health center instructions.

  • Note 1: This staff has been identified as the person having had a close contact with the RIKEN’s employee who was already confirmed as having COVID-19 on March 24, and has not been to RIKEN’s office before being found as infected.
  • Note 2: RIKEN requests that the rights and privacy of the employee and their family be respected during this difficult time.

Mar. 24, 2020
Case of COVID-19 discovered within RIKEN

On March 24, a person working at the RIKEN Yokohama Branch was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.

RIKEN has and will continue to implement all necessary measures to prevent the spread of infection within the institute in accordance with public health center instructions.

  • Note: RIKEN requests that the rights and privacy of the employee and their family be respected during this difficult time.

On February 19, RIKEN established a Crisis Management Headquarters and has adopted the basic policies and measures below to respond to COVID-19.

Basic Policies

  • 1.First, implement measures to prevent RIKEN employees from becoming infected from sources that possibly exist within Japan. If a case occurs, minimize the spread of the virus within the institute.
  • 2.Ensure that RIKEN activities are conducted in a way that minimizes the risk of spreading the virus further among the general public.
  • 3.Quickly implement further measures in response to potential future government policies regarding this situation.

Primary Measures

  • To lower infection risk, all personnel have been instructed to thoroughly and frequently wash their hands with soap and to practice good cough etiquette.
  • To prioritize health and safety and to prevent the spread of infection, RIKEN has banned all overseas business trips until April 30.
  • RIKEN has prohibited the acceptance of guests from abroad to visit RIKEN and all personnel stationed overseas from traveling to other areas abroad.
  • RIKEN has instructed all personnel to avoid gatherings that increase the risk of infection by shortening, postponing, or canceling meetings and by using web and TV conferencing.
  • RIKEN has introduced staggered work hours, working from home, and other special measures to lower the risk of infection while commuting and to allow personnel affected by temporary school closures to work flexibly.
  • RIKEN has temporarily canceled or postponed all research activities that involve non-RIKEN persons coming to our campuses.
  • RIKEN is contacting persons living abroad who are due to begin work at RIKEN individually to discuss their options.

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