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Coronavirus 2019-nCoV information

A cluster of pneumonia has been caused by a novel coronavirus (nCoV) called 2019-nCoV. 

The virus, which was first diagnosed in Wuhan, China, has now been reported in other cities in China, and in countries including Japan, Thailand, Korea, USA and Australia.   

Person-to-person transmission has been confirmed. To date, there have been no cases in Aotearoa New Zealand.   

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness. Standard airborne precautionary advice applies, such as:

  • hand washing,
  • covering the nose and mouth when sneezing,
  • staying home if unwell, and
  • seeking medical advice if symptoms persist.  

If you are arriving from countries where the illness has been confirmed, we recommend that you call Student Health, your GP practice or Healthline if you/they become unwell. Do not present in person to a GP practice without calling first. 

We will be guided by the Ministry of Health and forward any updated information to staff and students when it becomes available.      

The latest Ministry of Health release can be found at: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-china-2019-ncov   

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Student Health (03) 479 6082 

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