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University of Missouri cancels study abroad trips to Italy due to coronavirus

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Posted at 8:01 AM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 09:01:26-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Missouri has joined other schools in canceling all study abroad trips to Italy amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.

Student trips to China and South Korea also were canceled for the spring and summer, as well as spring break, the university said on its website.

The United States has issued travel alerts for all three countries due to the outbreak of COVID-19, better known as coronavirus. The Department of State issued a Level 4 advisory for China and for Lombardy and Veneto in Italy, as well as Level 3 advisories for South Korea and the rest of Italy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has issued advisories for all three countries and recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all non-essential travel to those areas.

Other colleges, including the University of Kansas, have also canceled study abroad trips due to coronavirus. KU students currently in Italy were asked to make plans to leave by Friday.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has requested that anyone returning from Italy be screened by a health practitioner and placed in self-isolation for 14 days.

In the United States, six people have died from the coronavirus, all in Washington state.