February 2, 2020 / 10:07 AM / 25 days ago

Formula E calls off Sanya race due to coronavirus

LONDON (Reuters) - The all-electric Formula E series has abandoned plans for a race in the Chinese city of Sanya next month because of the coronavirus epidemic.

The sport said in a statement on Sunday that it would continue to work with its regional partner and local authorities “to study the viability of potential alternative dates should the situation improve”.

The race had been scheduled for March 21 in the coastal resort in Hainan province.

The outbreak of the flu-like virus has killed more than 300 people and infected more than 14,000 in China after it first emerged in Wuhan in Hubei province late last year.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin; Editing by Frances Kerry

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