Virus creates ‘risk of substantial disruption to Hawaii travel’

People wearing masks take a selfie Monday in front of the Duomo gothic cathedral, in Milan, Italy. (Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP)

COVID-19, the recently identified respiratory illness that has infected thousands in China and elsewhere around the world, could bring “considerable” but uncertain risk to Hawaii’s tourism and economy in the coming year, according to a forecast published Monday by the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization.