Coronavirus: NZ homestays rejecting Chinese students over virus fears



AUCKLAND: Infections from the novel coronavirus spread to more than 8100 people globally and has claimed 171 lives.

The Ministry of Education advised schools on Monday to ask any students coming from China to stay away from school for two weeks.

A student liaison with the New Zealand Institute of International Education, Charm Money, said some homestays had asked students to find other accommodation over that period.

She said the students were either staying with friends or in other rented accommodation.

Some students in China are also delaying their travel to New Zealand after schools here advised them to wait for two weeks.

Auckland’s Elim Christian College principal Murray Burton said some students and staff had been asked to stay away from school for a fortnight.

“We’ve got upwards of 30 students … local students who will not be returning on Monday because they need to wait for two weeks. We’ve got five staff who will not be returning on Monday.

“They’re very cooperative and we’ll work our way through that.”

National Party’s education spokesperson Nikki Kaye told Morning Report she’s also hearing about students stuck in a cycle of being rejected.

“You may have students who may have test results and they’ve been to Hubei province, being requested to go back in with those accommodation providers and then [being refused].