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List of events that are cancelled because of Covid-19 virus

Philippines is now in Covid-19 alert level code red sublevel 2. Several places in the country are in a lockdown due to the rising cases related to the pandemic.

Covid-19 Philippines
Source: CNN Philippines

It was on January 30 of this year when the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV, now Covid-19) in the Philippines was confirmed. A 38-year old woman who arrived from Wuhan died two days later in the country, and she became the first recorded death outside China.

Following a spike in new confirmed cases, the Philippine government has declared a health emergency on March 9. As of this writing, there had been 35 reported coronavirus cases, including one death.

How much is the Philippines at risk to Covid-19?

The Philippines was the first country to report a coronavirus case outside of China. Our proximity to China puts us at a far greater risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus infection compared to other countries.

Preventive measures against Covid-19 in the Philippines

Travel restrictions, closure of schools and colleges, as well as training schools of the Philippines National Police have been implemented by the government as preventive measures.

All persons except Filipino citizens and permanent resident visa holders are temporarily barred from entering the country since February 2. A mandatory 14-day quarantine for Filipinos returning to from China or its special administrative region was announced.

Cancelation and postponement of events in the Philippines due to Covid-19

As part of the preventive measures, traveling in and out of the country has become effectively regulated. This has prompted local and international events to be postponed or cancelled. 

Here is a list of events that were affected by the Covid-19 outbreak:

International personalities

  1. Avril Lavigne’s Asian leg of her “Head Above the Water” tour which includes Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, and several cities in China is postponed.
  2. British rapper Stormzy postponed concerts in Japan, China, and South Korea as part of his world tour.
  3. The 98 Degrees Concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena is postponed.
  4. Green Day postponed concerts in  Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan
  5. Wanderland Music and Arts Festival has postponed the event. Some artists that cancelled their appearance might make it on the next date.
  6. Khalid’s Free Spirit Asia Tour 2020 is postponed.
  7. The book-signing events of international bestselling author Mitch Albom on February 16 were canceled.
  8. Jimmy Eat World at the New Frontier Theater is postponed.
  9. Slipknot’s Nero Forte in Manila is postponed.
  10. South Korean variety show “Running Man”, a variety show where casts and guests compete in several games and competitions, postponed its Manila tour set to happen on February 9 and had it rescheduled on June 21.
  11. South Korean singer and actor Ong Seong Wu also postponed his fan meet in Manila scheduled on February 25.
  12. The leads of the Netflix teen romance “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” on February 15 
  13. The fan meet of South Korean boy group EXO, care of Nature Republic Philippines, is canceled. The event was supposed to happen on February 22 to mark the South Korean cosmetics brands’ eight anniversary in the country.

Local and government affairs 

  1. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Last Vegas is canceled by Trump.
  2. The Department of Tourism’s month-long nationwide mall sale.
  3. The Cultural Center of the Philippines Pasinaya Festival 2020.
  4. Araw ng Dabaw celebrations.
  5. La Trinidad’s Strawberry Festival.
  6. Department of Education postponed regional and national activities of the month of February:
    1. National Schools Press Conference
    2. National Festival of Talents
    3. National Science and Technology Fair
    4. Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association.

Sports

  1. Philippine Basketball Association Season 45.
  2. The Philippine Sports Commission cancelled 
    1. 2020 ASEAN Paragames slated to happen in Clark, Pampanga next month
    2. National Sports Summit 2020
    3. Philippine National Games
    4. Children’s Games
    5. Batang Pinoy

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