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Yet Another Racing Event Postponed Due to Spread of Coronavirus

The official statement reads “Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the decision has been taken to postpone the Thai GP.”

This is just the latest in a wave of cancellations in relation to the uncertain future of the coronavirus.

Moto GP relayed on their website, “As the global outbreak of coronavirus continues to develop, the Thai government has communicated that it won’t be possible to hold the OR Thailand Grand Prix on its original date. The FIM, IRTA and Dorna, therefore, regret to announce that the event, due to be held on the 22nd of March in Buriram, has been postponed.”

They’ve also relayed that they will try to find a potential backup date, if possible. It seems as if, at this point, the cancellations of these gatherings are but a precaution. Many around the world seem to not want to take any chances with the virus. As it still seems to be a mystery, many are looking for answers.

One of the other major automotive events to be canceled is the Geneva Auto Show in Switzerland. There, the government has decided that gatherings with over 1000 people are to be outlawed until further notice. Geneva has been known to attract up to 700,000 people in the past as one of the world’s biggest auto shows.

Current Death Toll

According to Worldometer, among the nearly 49,000 closed cases so far, just over 3,000 have been fatal. These deaths account for about 6% of total closed cases. There are currently just over 41,000 cases that are still active. Some have compared coronavirus to the flu. However, data has shown that, while the flu has a mortality rate of less than 1%, coronavirus is much higher.

In comparison, SARS had a death rate that would surpass 10%.

By following along with the video below, we get to hear what the CDC says about what we should do in response to the virus.