Waco: BU postpones travel to China in wake of coronavirus outbreak – KWTX

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Baylor University is postponing university-sponsored travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau in the wake of travel warnings stemming from an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus that has sickened thousands and killed dozens.

The U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Level 3 warnings advising against nonessential travel to China.

“In accordance with global safety and security best practices and USDOS and CDC guidance, Baylor University-sponsored travel to China, Hong Kong and Macau is temporarily postponed until further notice,” the university said in an email to students, faculty and staff.

China said Wednesday it has confirmed more than 5,900 cases of the new virus, more than the total cases from an outbreak of SARS in 2002 and 2003.

The new virus has claimed more than 130 lives in China.

More than 50 cases have been reported outside of China including five in the U.S.

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan, says that the U.N. health agency estimates the death rate of the new virus at about 2%.

Ryan told reporters Wednesday that most people infected with the new virus seem to experience only mild illness.