Novel Coronavirus 10 February 2020

We now have further information from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. In this rapidly evolving situation, this is the current advice on who needs to stay away.

  • As of 2 February 2020, all travelers arriving in New Zealand out of mainland China should self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave mainland China.
  • People who departed from mainland China before midnight 2 February are not required to self-isolate unless they have been in Wuhan City or Hubei Province in the last 14 days.

A key point is that the 14 day stay away period starts from when the person left China (or Wuhan City/Hubei Province). Not when they were due to start back at school or from when they arrived in New Zealand (eg they may have travelled to another country before arriving here).

Other important points include:

  • If you have not been in contact with someone who has been infected with the virus, then your risk of being infected is very low
  • People are being asked to take simple common-sense steps as you would with seasonal flu-virus

If you are in doubt as to whether you should stay away from school or not, please contact our school office or International Director for further clarification.


Tracy Walker