University of Regina cancels travel to China due to coronavirus
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Peng Zhiyong, center, head of the department of critical care medicine, and his colleagues attend to a patient at Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Firday, Jan. 24, 2020. (Xiong Qi/Xinhua via AP)
REGINA -- A Saskatchewan university has cancelled all China trips it has organized for the next three months due to the spread of the coronavirus.
University of Regina spokesman Paul Dederick says anyone who would have been involved in the travel has been advised.
He says, effective immediately, all other travel to China by students, staff, faculty as part of student exchanges or research partnerships will require the dean's approval and must include a plan on how to decrease health risks.
Dederick says the measures are precautionary as the federal government has issued a travel advisory for China.
Health officials in Ontario have confirmed Canada's first case of the coronavirus and believe the patient's wife to be the second case.
They say the risk to Canadians is low.
"As a precautionary measure the university is taking a pro-active approach to ensure faculty, staff and students travelling to and from China are aware of, and take steps to mitigate, their risk of contracting or spreading the virus," Dederick said in an email.
China is reporting that the illness has infected more than 2,700 people and killed at least 81.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 27, 2020