Worldwide coronavirus cancellations
Marathons, concerts, and now the SXSW conference and festivals — every day, more and more events are being canceled because of the coronavirus. Here's how the outbreak is having a global impact.
In Italy tourism has dropped and some concerts went online-only. Schools and universities have been closed until March 15. According to Unesco Globally, 290 million children are out of school. By March 4, 22 countries had announced closures. In China millions have been on lockdown since late January, and many factories have closed. NASA images show a significant decrease in nitrogen dioxide, partially due to the economic slowdown. In France the Louvre re-opened on March 4, after 300 workers walked out over fears of catching the virus. The Paris marathon was canceled, and indoor gatherings of over 5000 people have been forbidden. In Palestine a 30-day state of emergency was announced on March 5 and the Church of the Nativity was closed, after several coronavirus cases were suspected in Bethlehem. In Japan several cherry blossom festivals have been canceled. Infected countries first days of school closures, parents will to have come to pick up the children's books because they will study at home, teachers will give the instructions through the computer or with electronic record.
Meanwhile, the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament will go ahead, but behind closed doors for the first time ever. In the United Arab Emirates the UAE Tour canceled its 2 last stages after several cases of coronavirus were discovered among cyclists, forcing some of teams to quarantine. In the United States artists are postponing concerts, like Mariah Carey. Globally, artists like BTS Green Day and Avril Lavigne have had to cancel or postpone dates because of the virus. The release of the new James Bond movie has been postponed globally until November. It is estimated that spending on travel around the world could drop by 37%, costing the industry $46.6 billion per month.