Organisers of Dubai Expo 2020 are taking a wait-and-see approach to preparations for the event as the world continues to battle a coronavirus outbreak.
The annual ITB Berlin tradeshow became the latest casualty of the virus over the weekend, cancelled by authorities seeking to limit the number of infections in Germany.
The event joins MWC Barcelona, the Chinese Grand Prix, Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the World Rugby Sevens and the Six Nations clash between Ireland and Italy on the scrap heap.
Authorities in Dubai hope the situation will improve in the coming months.
An Expo 2020 Dubai spokesperson said: “The safety and well-being of everyone visiting Expo 2020 Dubai is of paramount importance to us, and we are working closely with the United Arab Emirates’ ministry of health and prevention to apply the guidance that they have provided.
“Expo does not open until October this year, and we will continue to follow the situation closely.
“We are hopeful that global efforts will succeed in managing the virus.”
Since the coronavirus was first identified at the end of 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, it has gone on to spread to 64 countries, with almost 87,000 cases confirmed and nearly 3,000 deaths.
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