Chinese new year event in Swansea cancelled over coronavirus fears

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A students’ group in Wales cancelled its Chinese new year event over fears about the coronavirus outbreak.

The virus has been blamed for the deaths of more than 80 people – and almost 500 more are in critical condition in hospital in China.

Cases have also been confirmed in France, Malaysia, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, Canada, Australia and Vietnam.

The new virus, never before seen in humans, has emerged from the city of Wuhan in China – which has strong links to Swansea.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) were due to host a spring festival gala in the Welsh city on Saturday, January 25, to celebrate the Chinese new year.

However, the group has posted on its webpage that the event was cancelled in the light of the “recent severe influenza transmission”.



The original post on the CSSR website

It said: “There are more students from Wuhan and Wuhan University of Technology in Swansea than those who returned during the Chinese New Year and examinations.

“It is inconvenient to hold a large-scale rally-Swansea spring festival Gala is cancelled according to the original plan. Apologies for any inconvenience caused”.

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CSSA also gave members details how to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, including hand washing and wearing a face mask, as well as advice on how to contact a GP if you being to show symptoms.

Three years ago, the University of Wales Trinity St David, whose students also usually attend the gala in Swansea, set up a college to help bring students from China to study in Wales after establishing an agreement with Wuhan Ligong College.

Swansea University said it has issued advice to all its staff and students regarding the coronavirus outbreak after receiving guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Public Health Wales.

A spokeswoman said: “While emphasising that the risk within the UK remains low, we are urging everyone to follow the advice given on  the FCO webpage which is updated regularly.

“We have also issued medical advice in line with Public Health England guidance.

“As we are aware members of the University community may be concerned about the wellbeing of family and friends in China, we are providing access to advice, support and guidance for both staff and students. We will also be issuing further updates as and when the situation changes.”

The coronavirus, which results in pneumonia, has caused coughs, fever and breathing difficulties in those who have contracted it, with Chinese authorities acknowledging more than 3,000 cases.

There have yet to be any confirmed cases in the UK, although 73 people have been tested, with all results proving negative.



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