KU restricts travel to China in wake of coronavirus outbreak

The University of Kansas has issued a travel restriction to China in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in that country.

The restriction applies to all university faculty, staff and students, effective immediately, according to an email Friday from KU Chancellor Douglas Girod. No institution-related travel to China will be authorized or approved by the university, and KU is also deferring any upcoming travel to the university from China.

Girod’s message notes that the travel restriction is similar to those taken by other businesses and universities across the U.S.

The U.S. State Department has warned Americans not to travel to China, issuing its highest advisory against travel to the country. On Friday, the U.S. government declared the coronavirus a public health emergency and announced that those returning to the U.S. from the affected area of China must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine, according to national media reports.

Earlier this week a suspected case of coronavirus was reported by LMH Health, but that case, involving a male who had been in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, has not been confirmed.


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