Coronavirus spreads with 100 quarantined at top university as death toll rises

The deadly coronavirus has spread across the US, with 36 states now investigating possible cases of the horror disease.

It comes as more than 100 students at Princeton University were quarantined after returning to continue their studies.

Students at the university received an email outlining how staff would handle the pandemic in a bid to contain it.

The email said people who travelled to “ China in the last 14 days must self-isolate until 14 days have passed since they were last in China”.

Many of the students will likely not need to be isolated for two weeks if they are found to be of low risk of having the virus.

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Princeton University’s email continued: “Until further notice, no students, faculty, or staff will be approved to travel to mainland China on University business or as part of a University-sponsored program.

“We strongly recommend deferring other types of travel (leisure, personal interest) for the foreseeable future.”

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The death toll in mainland China has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438.

Hong Kong recently confirmed its first coronavirus death, according to experts.

New research suggests that bats could be the original source of the deadly outbreak.

However, scientists stress the animal source of the recent outbreak inChinahas not been confirmed.

This comes as photos and video emerged of"bat soup" being consumed in China .

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Reports suggest no bats were sold at the food market where the outbreak is believed to have originated.

This indicates the virus may have spread through another animal– yet to be identified – acting as an intermediate host between bats and humans.

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