5 Princeton students remain self-quarantined after overseas travel

Mark Abrams
February 04, 2020 - 9:05 am
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UPDATED: 9:43 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Five Princeton University students are still being evaluated by health officials after entering a self-quarantine upon returning to school following a semester break that involved overseas travel for some.

University officials say they could be cleared to return to class by later today. 

The group was among a delegation of more than 100 students, faculty and staff who just came back.

They agreed to confine themselves because of concerns about the Wuhan coronavirus. University health officials evaluated them and determined they're at low risk of getting the virus.

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Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is creating a task force aimed at preparing the state to deal with any potential fallout from the virus outbreak. 

Murphy says Newark Liberty International Airport will serve as one of 11 major airports in the country authorized to receive travelers from China, requiring extra screening for the virus.

KYW's sister station, KNX in Los Angeles, spoke to an American who is quarantined in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak.

John McGory, who teaches English at a university there, says fear is gripping the city and its residents.

"You know, being in a city as large as Wuhan and as friendly as Wuhan, it's been a great city to live in for six years. It's just really sad to see what's taken place there," he said.

There are more than 20,000 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus worldwide, most of them in China.

There are 11 confirmed cases in the United States.

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CORRECTION: Updates the number of students in quarantine.