Journalism students at UEA will not attend an international festival in Italy later this year owing to concerns of coronavirus. Students and staff were set to travel to Perugia, central Italy, for the International Journalism Festival during April. Jack Pullan is a third year Spanish and Italian student at Durham on a year abroad at the University of Siena, 70 miles from Perugia. Although the University has shut down, he says “it’s more inconvenient than anything else”. He added: “The virus seems very innocuous, especially for younger people. The real issue for people studying abroad is the limitations on travel”. He says the worst cases are in northern Italy, where “quarantined cities are becoming somewhat purge-like”.

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