At least two universities in Hungary have reportedly sent out letters to Chinese students asking them to stay away from classes for the first weeks of the semester.
According to local media, the Budapest Business School (BGE) and the University of Pecs have written to all their international students about the dangers of coronavirus and how to protect themselves against possible infection.
Both institutions also asked Chinese students to avoid classes and social events for the first weeks of the new term while the BGE requesting that Chinese students wash their hands more often, according to reports.
Hungary has no reported cases of the virus yet, although infections have been recorded in neighbouring Slovakia, according to local media.
Reports said that the letter was sent to all Chinese students including those who have not visited China in the last two months or welcomed any visitors from there.
According to local media, an unnamed female student whose mother is Chinese and has never been to the Asian country called the process racist.
The BGE said the measure was only temporary, but remains in effect. They also said that around 200 of their 17,000 students are Chinese, according to local media.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the University of Pecs said they were unaware of any letters being sent by teachers, but highlighted guidelines issued by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology regarding students who potentially pose a threat.
Those students are reportedly exempt from attending classes during the first two weeks of coronavirus’ latency period.
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