LIST: Events around the world affected by novel coronavirus outbreak
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The past weeks saw the cancellation or postponement of several events around the world due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The 2019 novel coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan, China, has killed over 2,800 people and sickened over 82,000 people worldwide as of Thursday, February 27. Outside China, other virus hotspots include Iran, South Korea, and Italy.
The World Health Organization said the daily number of infections worldwide is higher than in China.
Here are some events around the world affected by the current outbreak, from sporting events, concerts, to governments' parliament sessions.
China decided on February 24 to postpone its annual parliament session for the first time since the Cultural Revolution.
South Korea's parliament canceled sessions on February 25 as it closed for cleaning after confirmation a person with the coronavirus had attended a meeting a week earlier.
Meanwhile, the US and South Korea's militaries on February 27 postponed forthcoming joint exercises due to the outbreak.
A high-profile concert featuring BTS and other artists initially scheduled for March 8 in South Korea’s Daegu has been postponed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the city.
BTS also canceled 4 concerts at Seoul's Olympic Stadium, originally scheduled from April 11 to 19.
Some top Japanese musicians – including all-male group Exile and female trio Perfume – canceled their February 26 concerts.
American rock band Green Day has postponed their Asia tour, which included a March 14 concert in the Philippines.
Sports across the globe have suffered major disruption because of the virus with the NBA, the PGA Tour golf season, the men's tennis tour, Major League Baseball, England's Premier League, Europe's Champions League, and a host of top-flight events interrupted.
On March 24, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics became the highest-profile event affected by the virus pandemic.
Host Japan and the International Olympic Committee agreed to postpone the Games to no later than the summer of 2021.
The Games were scheduled for July 24-August 9, but after telephone discussions between IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a historic joint decision was taken for the first postponement of an Olympics in peacetime.
Sports calendars were shredded worldwide, Formula One motor racing was in turmoil with the first 3 Grands Prix of the season – Australia, Bahrain and Vietnam – scrapped while the Masters, the first major golf tournament of the year at Augusta National, was postponed.
Football's Premier League, with a worldwide audience of billions, was suspended after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi were confirmed to have the disease.
UEFA announced that it has postponed the Champions League, Europa League and women's Champions League finals, originally scheduled for May, with no new date given.
The NBA also suspended its season indefinitely after Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Since then, a total of 14 NBA players and personnel have contracted the virus, including league star Kevin Durant.
England's cricket tour of Sri Lanka also fell victim to the virus while suspension of the Premier League until April 4 came shortly after the French Football League announced that all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 games would be on hold until further notice.
The German Bundesliga then followed suit, announcing that the league would be halted for the first time since World War II.
European football took a major hit when officials suspended next week's program of Champions League and Europa League ties.
And cycling's first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d'Italia, scheduled for May 9-31, was also put on hold as officials feared the impact of COVID-19.
Rugby union was also affected with the last Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland in Cardiff scrapped one day ahead of Saturday's scheduled kick-off.
Organizers of the Mobile World Congress announced on February 13 the cancelation of the World Mobile Congress which was supposed to run in Spain from February 24 to 27.
In San Francisco, the 2020 iteration of the Game Developers Conference – scheduled for March 16 – was "postponed" to a later date, with face-to-face interactions said to be replaced with online presentations instead.
Facebook announced it would be canceling its F8 developer conference which had been scheduled for early May. The gathering in the Silicon Valley city of San Jose typically draws thousands of software makers from around the world who collaborate with the tech giant on its platform.
The famed Venice Carnival was also cut short, and some Milan Fashion Week runway shows were canceled. (READ: Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread in Europe)
The Milan Furniture Fair, which was scheduled for the end of April, has now been pushed back to June. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com