100-plus students reported self-isolating amid China virus

February 3, 2020 GMT

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Princeton University says more than 100 students who recently traveled to China are in self-isolation amid the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak in that country.

The university has ordered students, faculty and staff members who recently traveled to China to self-isolate. University spokesman Michael Hotchkiss said Monday more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students have done so and are required to confine themselves for 14 days following their last time in China.

Hotchkiss said the needs of individual students are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Officials say the measure is only precautionary, and they expect the number to decline. The school says there is no confirmed case among the university community.

Princeton has also banned students, faculty and staff from traveling to China on university business or as part of university-sponsored programs.