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The Ministry of Education has advised staff and students from New Zealand tertiary institutions who may be at risk of exposure because they have recently been to China, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with the virus, to delay the start of their study or work year for 14 days and voluntarily stay away. We have clarified the following scenarios to help you understand what to do:
Those arriving in New Zealand after 2 February who have travelled from mainland China (directly or via another country) in the previous 14-day period, or those who have a history of close contact with a confirmed case in the previous 14 days. Those identified as having a risk of exposure should take Ministry of Health advice and self-isolate. The Ministry of Health will be publishing further details on self-isolation on its Q & A page.
Staff members who have a risk of exposure (as defined above) should work from home for 14 days to avoid coming to campus. Stay in contact with your manager throughout this time.
If you have been at risk of exposure and start to feel unwell, telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116.
The World Health Organization advises people to follow these basic principles to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infection:
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Last updated on Tuesday 04 February 2020