The students from the University of Texas in Austin, who are all in their 20s, traveled in a group of about 70 on a chartered plane to Cabo San Lucas two weeks ago, with 44 since testing positive for coronavirus.
Upon their return, 28 students initially tested positive for Covid-19 and more were confirmed to have the virus on Wednesday, university officials said.
The students’ trip went directly against the advice of the White House, which asked people to avoid nonessential air travel and gathering in groups of more than 10, invoking the anger of Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, who lashed out at group.
“Quit being an a**,” Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen told CNN affiliate KXAN. “Get over yourselves. Whether you think this is an issue or not, it is.
Whether you think it could affect you or not, it does. The reality of it is, if I’m a college kid who’s going to spring break in Mexico, you’re affecting a lot of people. Grow up.”
The Austin Public Health Department said that some of the students flew back on commercial flights, which they said directly endangered others traveling with them.