Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan initially rebuked those schools, saying their response did not reflect the advice of health professionals who said it was safe for children who did not have contact with an infected person to attend.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard reinforced that sentiment on Tuesday afternoon.
“The accepted advice … from both the federal health authorities and the state health authorities is that there are no apparent risks to those children if they were to return to our school,” Mr Hazzard said.
“But this is one of those really difficult times when elected officials have to weigh up all the evidence and this has not been easy. We will be asking parents who may have holidayed with their children and not yet been out of China for 14 days to do what everybody else has been doing so well in this difficult time, and that is to support the community by holding back your children from going.”
Latest statistics from Chinese authorities say 106 people have died from coronavirus in China and 4,515 people are infected, while thousands more are under observation. Four cases have been confirmed in NSW.