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News on the Coronavirus (Update 11.3.)

Information and recommendations for our employees and students

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an international health emergency due to the increased incidence of infections caused by the novel coronavirus. This is a very dynamic and serious situation worldwide and in Germany. However, the overall risk to the health of the German population is currently still considered to be moderate.

We urge all staff and students of the HSBA to adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Non-essential trips should be postponed. 

  • Employees and students who have stayed in risk areas (according to the Robert Koch Institute) for private or professional reasons or who have had contact with infected persons must stay at home for 14 days and work in the Mobile Office. 

  • If there is a justified suspicion of an infection, it is forbidden to return to work or enter the university. Please follow the instructions of the Health Office and call a doctor or the medical on-call service (116 117).

  • Please follow the general rules of hygiene: Keep your distance, avoid physical contact, wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, adhere to cough and sneeze etiquette.

The HSBA is also in close contact with outbound students who are currently studying abroad in order to initiate supporting measures if necessary. All planned forthcoming trips/excursions are currently being reviewed for necessity and relevance.

The Hamburg Service (telephone number 115, Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) or the medical on-call service (116 117) offers further information on the Coronavirus and contact persons in Hamburg.


New website of the health authority (German only):

For regularly updated information on the subject please visit these websites:

The Robert Koch Institute defines the following areas as risk areas:  

  • Italy
  • Iran
  • In China: Hubei Province (incl. Wuhan City)
  • In South Korea: Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (North Gyeongsang)
  • In France: Grand Est region (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)

Particularly affected areas in Germany:

  • County of Heinsberg (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Contact HSBA: 

+49 (0)40 36138-700


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