Parson cancels foreign trip to deal with coronavirus concerns in Missouri


Governor Mike Parson

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Concerns about the new coronavirus have prompted Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to cancel a trip to Europe and the Middle East.

Parson had been scheduled to depart Thursday for Greece, Israel, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates to meet with businesses about expanding in Missouri and to visit Missouri-based military troops. He had been scheduled to return to Missouri on March 22.

Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the trip was called off because of concerns about the spread of the new virus. No makeup date has been set yet for the trip.

The cancellation decision was made before Israel said it would require anyone entering the country to be quarantined for 14 days.

The trip had been organized by the nonprofit Hawthorn Foundation, which promotes Missouri’s economic development, and also was to include some state lawmakers and officials from the Department of Economic Development.

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