24 January 2020 at 9:00 am
Coronavirus update for ENZ stakeholders
ENZ is continuing to closely monitor reports of the new Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Here’s an update on what is happening nationally and across the sector.
The New Zealand Government says it is alert to the issue but not alarmed. The Ministry of Health advises the risk of an outbreak in New Zealand is low, but it is monitoring the situation closely. It will advise if any public health measures become necessary.
As a precautionary measure, the Government is taking an all-of-Government approach with meetings starting today. ENZ is participating in these meetings, which are led by the Ministry of Health.
International education sector
We are working closely with the Ministry of Education to share information and communicate with the international education sector.
To date, we have responded to some questions from education providers about the situation. We are monitoring issues, and developing responses and information for providers.
We will provide further updates as needed next week.
Key sources of information and advice are:
- MFAT’s Safetravel website As at 2pm, it advises New Zealanders to avoid non-essential travelto Wuhan City due to the recent outbreak.
- Ministry of Health’s webpage on the Coronavirus. In addition:
- The Ministry has released information for travellers arriving to New Zealand.
- The Ministry encourages travellers who become sick within a month of their arrival to seek medical advice and contact Healthline (0800 611 116) or a doctor. It is important to mention recent travel to Wuhan and any known contact with someone with severe acute respiratory illness who has been in Wuhan.
- The Ministry is also publishing border advisories on this page which it shares with border stakeholders.
- The World Health Organisation (WHO) is providing situation reports, travel advice and advises on measures to protect yourself.
Please contact us if you have any issues or concerns.