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Formula One postpones Chinese Grand Prix due to coronavirus

The Chinese Grand Prix — the fourth race in the Formula One season — has been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

On Wednesday, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Formula One’s governing body, announced the postponement of the race, which was scheduled to take place April 19 in Shanghai.

“The FIA, together with the Formula 1, have jointly decided to accept an official request from the promoter to postpone the 2020 FIA Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix, originally scheduled for 19 April,” the organization said in a statement.

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According to China’s National Health Commission, there are more than 44,000 confirmed cases of the virus in mainland China and more than 1,100 deaths.

The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that there are at least 395 confirmed cases in 24 additional countries.

In the U.S., there have been 13 confirmed cases of the virus, but no deaths.

Formula One’s season starts March 12 in Australia.

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