University of Akron Chinese New Year Gala canceled due to coronavirus concerns

Betty Lin-Fisher - Akron Beacon Journal (TNS)

An annual Chinese New Year Gala set for Friday by the University of Akron’s Confucius Institute has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus.

“We have been made aware that individuals in the community may choose not to attend due to the timing of the event coinciding with the recent discovery of the coronavirus in the United States,” said Nancy Wolfe Dwyer, assistant to the director and event coordinator with the institute. “We understand and respect the general sentiment and concern of our Chinese students and members of the local Chinese community toward what has been going on in Wuhan, China.”

Between 300 to 400 guests and performers were expected at the event, she said.

As of Monday, the CDC was investigating 110 people in the United States for possible cases of coronavirus. To date, there have been five confirmed cases: two in California and one each in Washington, Arizona and Illinois.

Two students at Miami University of Ohio from China are being quarantined as the Centers for Disease Control investigate whether they have confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The virus, which led to an outbreak of respiratory illness in Wuhan, China, has since spread to the United States, Japan, Thailand, South Korea and other countries worldwide. To date, more than 100 people have died from the virus.

However, health experts have also said that the influenza virus, which can kill more than 61,000 Americans, is a far greater threat.

The Akron Chinese New Year event may be rescheduled for a future date to better accommodate performers and attendees, Wolfe Dwyer said.

For more information, or to learn about future Confucius Institute events, contact or call 330-972-2013.

Betty Lin-Fisher

Akron Beacon Journal (TNS)

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