University in Madrid hosting UMD study abroad program confirms its first coronavirus case

The Study Abroad Fair was held in the Stamp Ballroom on Feb. 5, 2020. (Richard Moglen/The Diamondback)

A student at Universidad Pontificia Comillas, which hosts a University of Maryland study abroad program in Madrid, Spain, tested positive for coronavirus, according to an email sent to students at the university.

The patient exhibited symptoms last Saturday and is isolated at home, according to the email from the university. The university has identified the group of people who could have been exposed to the virus, according to the email.

The university is one of two that hosts this university’s Clark in Madrid study abroad program.

The World Health Organization reported at least 430 cases in Spain as of Sunday morning, with over 105,000 cases and over 3,500 deaths worldwide.

The university suspended study abroad programs in Italy, China and South Korea over the past few weeks — forcing students on these trips to return to the United States — but hasn’t yet suspended programs in Spain. The university also cancelled all spring break and summer trips.

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