UPDATED: February 29, 11:00 p.m
Harvard has restricted travel to Italy and Iran amid an outbreak of coronavirus cases in the two countries, according to a Saturday email from University Provost Alan M. Garber ’76 and Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen.
On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a Level 3 warning regarding COVID-19 in Italy and Iran, which recommends Americans avoid nonessential travel.
“University travel to Italy, Iran, South Korea and mainland China is restricted until further notice,” the email read.
As of Saturday afternoon, Italy had recorded more than 1,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and 29 deaths. Iran has reported 388 cases of coronavirus since Friday. The BBC released a report this week totaling 210 deaths in Iran from the outbreak, but Iranian officials have only confirmed 34 deaths as of Friday.
Italy and Iran join China and South Korea on Harvard’s list of travel-restricted countries — all of which have Level 3 warnings from the CDC, as well as additional travel warnings from the U.S. State Department.
Harvard affiliates who had registered an upcoming trip to Italy in International SOS MyTrips received an email around noon on Saturday from Harvard Global Support Services announcing that Harvard had canceled all travel to Italy.
“In accordance with the University’s policy for COVID-19 travel restrictions, Harvard-related travel to Italy is restricted until further notice,” the email read.
According to the Global Support Services’s website, University affiliates will be restricted from traveling to any country that receives a Level 3 CDC warning in the future. Those who are seeking to travel to these countries are instructed to contact the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs.
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