Coronavirus update

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As you are no doubt aware, the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is evolving internationally. There are currently no confirmed cases in New Zealand, but it is important that we take precautions.

24 February 2020

The New Zealand Government has decided to extend a ban on foreign travellers arriving from China to protect against the spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the current restrictions, which were due to expire at midnight, should remain in place for a further eight days and would be reviewed every 48 hours.

New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families will be able to return but will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

18 February 2020

On Saturday 15 February, the New Zealand Government extended the travel restrictions into New Zealand for a further eight days until Monday 24 February, 2020 for all foreign nationals travelling from or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Student visas: Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has updated its information on student visas

7 February 2020 

The Ministry of Health has recently updated information including: 

  • a dedicated 0800 number for coronavirus health advice
  • updated advice about self-isolation
  • Facebook page now live.

Dedicated 0800 number for health advice and information

Healthline has set up a dedicated 0800 number specifically for health-related calls about coronavirus.

  • The number is 0800 358 5453
  • Or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453
  • People calling that line will be able to talk with a member of the National Telehealth Service and interpreters will be on hand. The number is staffed by nurses, paramedics and health advisors.

 Healthline’s existing number is still the main number to call for non-coronavirus health concerns.

Advice about self-isolation

Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, child care/pre-school centres, university, faith-based gatherings, aged care and health care facilities, prisons, sports gatherings, supermarkets, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.

If you are a visitor to New Zealand, this means you should avoid sitting in a restaurant, participating in any type of tour group, or using public transport, including flights, buses, and trains between cities in New Zealand.

If you are unsure if you should be self-isolating, please contact Healthline for free on 0800 611 116

Information about self-isolation has been updated.

Ministry of Health resources

Facebook page

The Ministry of Health now has a Facebook page: @minhealthnz. In addition to their Twitter channel [@minhealthnz], they will be using Facebook to alert people to key updates and messaging specifically about coronavirus.

Questions and answers

The Ministry has developed a novel coronavirus question and answers page. As the situation regarding novel coronavirus can evolve rapidly, the questions and answers page will be updated with the latest information.

Updated factsheet for travellers

The information for travellers arriving into New Zealand has been updated with the latest information. It is available in English (PDF, 161 KB) and simplified Chinese (PDF, 141 KB).

Signs and symptoms

What are the symptoms of 2019-nCoV?

Symptoms of 2019-nCoV are similar to a range of other illnesses such as influenza and do not necessarily mean that you have 2019-nCoV. Symptoms include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing. Difficulty breathing can be a sign of pneumonia and requires immediate medical attention. We don’t yet know how long symptoms take to show after a person has been infected, but current WHO assessments suggest that it is 2–10 days. 

What do I do if I am sick right now?

If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing please telephone Healthline (for free) on 0800 611 116.

Download the latest health advice

3 February 2020 

From today the New Zealand Government is placing temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand on all foreign nationals travelling from, or transiting through mainland China to assist with the containment of the novel coronavirus and to protect New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from the disease.

31 January 2020

Attention all Wintec students - do any of the following apply to you?

  • You have been to Wuhan or the Hubei Province in the last 14 days.

  • You have been in close contact with someone who, within the last 14 days, has been in Wuhan or the Hubei Province.

  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed or possible Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case (for example anyone sick with a respiratory type illness) in the last 14 days.

  • You have been in China in the last 14 days and are experiencing flu-like symptoms: fever; and respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.

If so, we need to hear from you urgently so that we can assess your situation and work with you to manage it. This is a requirement from the New Zealand Government.

If the above does apply to you, please urgently email:

Please note: If the above does apply to you we will be asking you that you do not come onto Wintec campuses until we can establish you are no longer a possible risk. 

We will work with you on a case by case basis, and it may require you to stand down for up to 14 days. During this time, we will work to support and advise you and to ensure that you are not disadvantaged if your attendance at Wintec is delayed. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

General Advice to all students

If for any reason you believe you have any health issues related to the coronavirus and become concerned about your health please seek medical advice by calling Healthline at 0800 611 116, or contact your doctor.

If you have any questions, please email

The situation relating to the novel coronavirus is evolving. The health of our students and staff is a priority and we will continue to update you on the situation and the latest advice from authorities.  

Key sites to visit for the latest information on the virus and travel restrictions and advice are:

Ministry of Health


World Health Organisation