As New Zealand students returned to school , they were met with conflicting and changing advice from the government on the coronavirus outbreak.
The outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, has spread to at least 16 countries – including New Zealand. During disease outbreaks, authorities are particularly concerned about schools and childcare centres for several reasons. Children are often in close contact with each other and are less likely to adhere to public health messages (such as washing hands and not sharing water bottles).The government has set a travel restriction to travellers from China and requires any child who has been to China or has been in contact with an infected person be excluded from school for 14 days.
Due to this travel restriction, thousands of students from China are stranded in China. They are missing their study. Some are supposed to be new students so are graduating and worried about being able to graduate in time. The frustration and intense are increasing as the travel restriction keeps extended. Not only that, some local community members are feared that their children may get infection with the virus at school. Some racism acts have been caused. But most people are not worried, at least they are still being supportive to the students in China. They are some amazing New Zealand school principals and students. NZTA interviewed them and hear what they have to say!