At least 28 University of Texas at Austin students returning from a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The figure represents a sizeable portion of the 70 total students that went on the trip, the Washington Examiner reports.
“While such a trip was not under a federal travel advisory at the time of their departure, health officials were recommending people avoid nonessential international travel. Some members of the group returned home on commercial airlines,” the report adds.
Several more of the students have been placed in quarantine, the Austin Public Health Department announced on Tuesday.
The trip as a whole—college students enjoying their time on a beach down in Mexico—has been widely scrutinized, including a comment by Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen.
The Washington Examiner reports Bonnen told the students to “get over yourselves” and to “quit being an a**.”
“Whether you think this is an issue or not, it is. Whether you think it could affect you or not, it does. The reality of it is, if I’m a college kid who’s going to spring break in Mexico, you’re affecting a lot of people. Grow up,” he added during an interview with local radio station KXAN.
Asked #txlege Speaker @RepDennisBonnen his message for people who don't take #coronavirus guidelines seriously– like the group of Spring Breakers who flew to Mexico & now have #COVID19. His answer is blunt. More this Sunday on #StateofTexas…
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— Wes Rapaport (@wesrap) April 1, 2020
The Washington Examiner reports the Texas students were not the only group who went on spring break trips during the coronavirus pandemic:
As public health officials urged people to limit their potential exposure to the virus last month, college students were seen flocking to beaches for their spring break trips. Over a week ago, the University of Tampa announced five students contracted the virus during their trip.
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As of the beginning of April, confirmed coronavirus cases around the world totaled to more than 870,000 and have led to over 43,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 185,000 people who have been diagnosed with the virus have since recovered.