Rome's Formula E race is the latest victim of the coronavirus
In what's fast becoming a depressingly familiar story, the organisers of next month's Formula E race in Rome have cancelled the event because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The race was due to take place through the capital's streets on 4 April, but the Italian government's measures to counteract the spread of the disease has meant organisers had no choice. It's the latest in a series of sporting events in Italy and motorsport events throughout the world to be cancelled or postponed. Formula E's Sanya race in China, due to take place this month, has also been cancelled.
A statement from the organisers read: "Formula E, in agreement with the relevant authorities in Rome, EUR S.p.A and together with the FIA and Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI), will work closely with championship partners and stakeholders in order to assess and review alternative options to postpone the Rome E-Prix to a later date once restrictions have been lifted."
Ticket holders will be contacted in the coming days.
The new follows the cancellation of events like the Geneva Motor Show and Chinese F1 Grand Prix, as well as MotoGP races in Thailand and Qatar. While the virus itself is not particularly deadly, authorities across the world are worried about the effect mass infection could have on the elderly and infirm, and on the strain mass sickness would have on health services and economies.