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The Otago Boys’ High School cricket trip to India has been called off, due to fears the ongoing Covid-19 global outbreak could jeopardise pupil and staff safety, the school’s rector, Richard Hall, has confirmed.
In a short statement yesterday, Mr Hall said the decision was made to cancel the April trip at a meeting of parents and board of trustee members on Thursday.
"This is very disappointing for everyone. Inquiries are now being made for an alternative tour to Australia later in the year, when perhaps, with more information and time, we will have a clearer picture.
"As always, the main consideration was the safety of boys and staff. The school thanks the parents for their support during this difficult time."
A lot of money had been raised and a lot of preparation had gone into the trip.
Westland High School in Hokitika also cancelled its planned rugby trip to Italy next month.
Flights had been booked and paid for for the 43-strong contingent — who had to raise $6000 a head — but it was scrapped on Thursday night, as Italy put its schools and universities into lockdown.
Meanwhile, a report to the Dunedin City Council’s economic development committee advises incoming international pupils were affected at several local schools and that at the University of Otago at February 25 just under 200 Chinese students had been unable to begin classes, due to the New Zealand Government imposed travel ban.