(NewsReady.com) – A recent outbreak of a deadly coronavirus originating from China has many across the globe worried. It originally sprung up in Wuhan City, China, on New Year’s Eve. It was initially believed that the scope of the virus was isolated to a seafood market, but it has since spread to humans who hadn’t visited that market.
The Wuhan province has since been locked down to avoid further contamination.
As of this writing, over 500 have been infected and at least 17 have died due to the virus. Australian airlines have started screening flights from China to help prevent an outbreak. Now, a middle school in Virginia has canceled the visit of 21 Chinese exchange students to protect its community.
The exchange students had already landed at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York where they were undergoing screenings. Officials believe it’s highly unlikely that any of them carry the virus, but everyone’s erring on the side of caution. Instead of visiting the Virginian middle school, the exchange students will take a trip to Washington, D.C.
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