SAN ANTONIO – The number of evacuees infected with the novel coronavirus climbed to 11 on Friday, per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC reports those infected with the coronavirus include nine from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, one from the Wuhan group of quarantined passengers and one that was transferred from the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif.
San Antonio city officials maintain that the risk of the virus spreading to the general public is still low.
A total of 145 people remain under quarantine orders in San Antonio after two planes — one from Wuhan and one from Tokyo — arrived at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland. Ninety people from the Wuhan plane were released after clearing quarantine without contracting the virus, Nancy Knight, of the CDC, said at a news conference Thursday in Austin that Gov. Greg Abbott chaired.
Two of those infected were part of the group that came from Wuhan, Knight said. Four of those infected were from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship and tested positive for the virus in Japan. Four others from that group tested positive for the virus after being brought back to the country.
On Friday, the University of the Incarnate Word suspended a faculty-led study abroad trip to Italy in light of a coronavirus outbreak in that country, and school officials urged students and faculty to consider the CDC’s travel warnings before making plans to travel internationally. UIW joins a growing list of U.S. colleges that are canceling study abroad programs because of the coronavirus.
Watch the an explainer video below of how the outbreak has played out in San Antonio: