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Indiana University student cuts study abroad trip short because of coronavirus

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- One college student from Fort Wayne is headed home early from her study abroad trip because of coronavirus concerns.

Callie Moran, a junior at Indiana University, is currently studying abroad in Milan, Italy, but is coming back to Fort Wayne on Sunday.

"I don't want to go home, I don't want to go home at all, but I just know it's the best for me and just to be safe," Moran said.

She said she's been in her apartment for five days because officials in Milan said they shouldn't leave or travel unless absolutely necessary.

She said she's had a great time traveling and getting to know the city, but its coming to an unexpected end.

"Even yesterday I was like, I'm not going home like I'm just gonna wait it out. And then today I was like okay I think I really need to go home and make sure I'll be safe at home," Moran said.

The number of coronavirus cases in Italy has jumped to 400 infected, 12 people have died so far.

The worst affected areas are in a northern region named Lombardy, Milan is the capital.

"The mayor made an announcement on Monday saying that all the universities and all the schools are canceled, and a lot of the businesses here are being shut down," Moran said.

Unable to go to class, Moran has to do her school work online.

"It's kind of been hard cooped up here for the past couple days, because I'm used to going out for dinner and doing the fun things around Milan," Moran said.

Moran bought her plane ticket back home which was expensive, and the school isn't reimbursing her for it.

"I fortunately got to change the plane ticket that I already had planned to come home on May 8th, Delta did it free of charge which was amazing but there are other students who aren't able to do that which is potentially making them not able to come home which is kind of scary," Moran said.

Moran hopes the situation changes soon, so she can return to Italy safely.

"We're just hoping that it won't spread we're able to go back to classes in a couple of weeks and hopefully I'll be able to come back to Milan and continue my studies and continue my travels," Moran said.

Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as a Multimedia Journalist for WPTA. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at acadet@WPTA21.com.

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