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Dozens of spring breakers from Texas have coronavirus, after warnings to cancel such trips

Florida officials closed beaches at spring break destinations after students refused to heed warnings

Daytona Beach Spring Break
Dayton Beach, Florida, March 202, 2020
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Updated: April 1, 2020 - 9:15am

Health officials say 28 people who flew together from Texas to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for spring break have now tested positive for the coronavirus, weeks after warnings to cancel such plans. 

Those infected were among 70 young people who purportedly chartered a flight to the Baja California destination about 15 days ago.

The Austin Public Health Department said Tuesday that it has started an investigation into the cluster outbreak. The students reportedly attend the University of Texas, in Austin.

The virus started to spread rapidly in the U.S. at about the time college students were going on spring break. Officials warned students to cancel their plans as part of the country’s social distancing efforts to slow the pandemic. 

Pictures of students partying in Miami’s South Beach and other warm destinations sparked nationwide outrage, and Florida officials essentially closed beaches up and down the state. 

Last week, four University of Tampa who went together on spring break in mid-March  reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus

Those who tested positive after the Texas-to-Cab trip have reportedly self-isolated or are being quarantined. 

Texas now has 3,266 confirmed coronavirus cases and 41 related deaths.