The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. However, that hasn't stopped some people from making light of it. A group of students reportedly threw a coronavirus-themed party at Queen's University and images from the event made their way onto social media.

In photos obtained by the school's paper, the Queen's Journal, attendees are seen wearing surgical masks and drinking Coronas. Biohazard symbols are also seen on the walls.

The images, which were posted to the Instagram account of undergrad trustee Tyler MacIntyre, were captioned with "Coronavirus Outbreak Survivors, early 2020, colorized," and "Infect me daddy."

After the Journal reached out to him, MacIntyre issued an apology on his Facebook account.

"I attended a Corona party on Saturday February 1st 2020, this action was in poor taste and I apologize," MacIntyre wrote, according to the Journal.

"I am aware that my participation implicitly made light of a serious issue that affects many people, both inside and outside of the Queen’s university community," he continued.

"I vehemently oppose any marginalization of the Chinese community on campus, and I deeply regret any legitimization my attendance provided."

Patrick Deane, the school's Principal and Vice-Chancellor, also released a statement on February 3. While he did not directly acknowledge the party, he did write about the need to "come together and care for one another, with dignity and respect."

"Actions taken out of fear, guided by misinformation and false assumptions, do a disservice to every member of our community," Deane said in his statement. "Ignorantly ostracizing Chinese and Asian students will rip apart the beautiful tapestry of our international campus and must be repudiated by everyone."

So far, there have been five reported cases of coronavirus in Canadathree in Ontario and now two in British Columbia

Narcity has reached out to Queen's University for comment. We will update the story once we hear back.

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