The University of Iowa

In the news: Amid rising coronavirus fears, UI cancels programs in South Korea, takes on role in testing

March 2nd, 2020
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Airport employees wear masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19 as they work at the Sao Paulo International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020.

Charles Peckman, Daily Iowan

Although no cases of coronavirus have been reported in Iowa so far, the University of Iowa has issued further restrictions to study-abroad programs to countries impacted by the virus and is preparing for an expanded role in combatting the virus.

According to a UI statement issued Feb. 28, spring 2020 programs to South Korea have been suspended. This is paired with previous cancellations to spring and summer 2020 sessions in China. The reason for this, the release said, is because of both countries’ Warning Level 3 status, meaning nonessential travel to the regions is discouraged.

“The UI will continue to monitor reports and recommendations from national and regional health agencies, and is taking proactive actions to protect and support its faculty, staff, and students,” the statement said.