As many as 44 students of the University of Texas, Austin, US have tested positive for COVID-19 after they returned from a spring break trip to Mexico, avoiding social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The university had previously confirmed only 28 coronavirus cases.
About 70 students flew on a chartered plane two weeks ago amid the coronavirus pandemic to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico for spring break.
Forty four of them have tested positive for the virus and are self-isolating, university officials said on Wednesday.
Since most of the students have returned home after the classes were shifted online, some could have contracted the virus without reporting it to the varsity officials, University Spokesman J B Bird said.
Health officials, however, said that some members of the spring break party returned to Austin on separate commercial flights, widening the potential spread of infection.
The Austin outbreak is the latest to result from a group of college students who ignored social-distancing guidelines, went on traditional spring break trips and have now tested positive for the coronavirus.
Many of them appeared to be under the mistaken impression that young people are not as likely to get the coronavirus as older people are.
Source: PTIPosted in International, News