Apr 1, 2021
Between March 21 and April 1, seven APU students were found to be positive for COVID-19. All seven of them were infected with a mutated strain. In addition to these cases, another student who moved into AP House was confirmed positive for the virus.
In regard to the infected student who was a resident of AP House, further testing showed that no other residents were infected. The infected resident is now undergoing treatment at a facility designated by the prefecture. In addition, other infected students have been confirmed to have been participating in extracurricular activities. Under the guidance of the public health center, we are continuing to investigate those who have been in close contact with these students.
In response to this situation, we will take the following measures in addition to the infection control measures we have been taking.
・Suspension of face-to-face extracurricular activities for about two weeks from April 1.
・Switching to online orientation for new students prior to the start of classes.
・Stronger awareness and prevention measures including health monitoring for all students.
While having taken all possible measures to prevent infection, we will begin spring semester classes as scheduled on April 12.
In response to the situation, the APU Countermeasures Task Force will continue to work with Oita Prefecture, local health centers, and other related organizations in making the prevention of the spread of the infection a top priority.
While APU has been implementing infection prevention measures and raising awareness among students, faculty and staff, we take the outbreak of these multiple cases very seriously. We will work even harder to raise awareness so that each and every one of us takes thorough actions to prevent others from becoming infected and ourselves from becoming infected.
For more information about the measures APU has taken to prevent infection, visit the following website:
We are deeply concerned for the health of the students as well as the health of everyone at APU and in the local community.
We respectfully ask that everyone respect the privacy of the affected students and their families.
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University