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News 8 Exclusive: University of New Haven students return home from Italy amid coronavirus concerns


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — News 8 was on hand Friday as a group of University of New Haven students returned home from Italy, amid coronavirus concerns in that country.

News 8’s Sabina Kuriakose spoke exclusively with students as they met their parents at Newark International Airport. Students expressed to Kuriakose that it was “bittersweet” to return early, but they understood the decision based on concerns over the virus.

There’s been a lot of concern in Italy. As it stands right now there are 650 cases of the virus and 17 people have died.

Central Connecticut State University is also taking bringing students home, even canceling class sponsored trips for spring break as a precaution.

Related: FULL LIST: CT universities bring students studying abroad home, suspend abroad classes amid coronavirus concerns

And everyone is taking notice of the situation.

The coronavirus is certainly causing a lot of issues for students who’ve been enjoying a semester abroad, including students at the University of New Haven cutting their time overseas short, especially those in Italy.

“Every day, me and my friends, we talk about everything that’s going on in the world. We care, of course, we don’t want people around us getting sick because we don’t want to get sick so we’ve got to take precaution,” said a student.

And it does become a bit of a hassle because those students have to pay to change airline tickets or purchase new ones last minute which can be pretty costly.

Students from Quinnipiac University are also flying home Friday as well.

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