London Marathon 2020: Organisers ‘closely monitoring’ coronavirus spread as disease wreaks havoc on sporting fixtures – The Sun

LONDON MARATHON 2020 organisers are "closely monitoring" the coronavirus spread as the disease wreaks havoc on sporting fixtures.

The running event is due to take place Sunday, April 26 in the capital.

But it comes as there have been 20 confirmed cases of the deadly virus in the UK.

In a statement to Runners World, Hugh Brasher, Event Director at London Marathon Events, said: “We, along with the rest of the world, are monitoring closely the developments relating to the spread of coronavirus and noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other public bodies.

“With two months to go before the event on Sunday 26 April, we will continue to monitor the situation.”

A patient diagnosed with coronavirus in England has become the first to catch the illness within the UK.

The news comes after a British man became the first UK citizen to die from coronavirus.

The man, who was on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship was the sixth person from the vessel, which has been quarantined off the Japan's coast amid the outbreak, to have died.

DEADLY SPREAD: Coronavirus cases in the UK

ANOTHER two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK – barely a month since the deadly bug first reached our shores.

The first cases were diagnosed on January 31 when a student and relative were tested positive in York.

The victims were quarantined in Newcastle as UK authorities vowed they would control the virus' spread.

However, by February 6 another patient was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Brit – businessman Steve Walsh – contracted the bug in Singapore before travelling to the French Alps for a holiday before returning to his home in Hove, East Sussex.

He became known as a superspreader by unwittingly infecting a number of other Brits in France with him.

Mr Walsh, who since recovered, then infected another five people who were treated in the UK.

By February, another patient was taken to Guy's and St Thomas' after contracting coronavirus in China – bringing the total to nine.

Another four cases were recorded just a week later after being flown back to the UK from the plague cruise ship, the Diamond Princess.

The group had been quarantined in Arrowe Park but were quickly moved to a treatment centre.

And yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty confirmed another two patients had tested positive.

The virus was passed on in Italy and Tenerife and the patients have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres in Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, London.


There is a growing threat the illness could wreck sporting events around the globe as health chiefs battle to contain the spread of the disease.

The Premier League may be forced to hold emergency crisis talks to decide whether Liverpool can be crowned champions if coronavirus wipes out the end of the season.

If worst-case scenario safety measures were imposed it is thought they could stay in place for as long as two months leaving the Premier League unable to complete the season.

WWE already confirmed they are prepared to cancel their marquee WrestleMania event held in Tampa, Florida on April 5.

Formula One races, including Grands Prix in Australia, Vietnam, Bahrain and China, are already at risk.

Even the Olympic Games – set to be held in Tokyo, Japan, this summer – could be cancelled due to the deadly illness.

This summer's Euro 2020 tournament, hosted across the entire continent, is also in jeopardy.

And Fifa President Gianni Infantino says the world governing body could step in to cancel next month’s England international friendlies because of the coronavirus.

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