BEIJING — The China Fish Expo, originally scheduled for February 5-7, has been postponed amidst China’s coronavirus outbreak. The death toll in the outbreak topped 400 this week, with more than 20,000 confirmed cases around the globe.
According to Expo officials, the event has been ordered to postpone by the regional government. However, even if it had continued, it is likely attendance would have suffered. On January 30, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency, triggering the U.S. State Department to raise its travel alert for China to the highest possible level. Transportation into and out of China has been crippled by the outbreak. Major airlines including Delta, British Airways, KLM, and American Airlines have all suspended service to China. Meanwhile, Chinese officials have hastily constructed a 1,000-bed hospital out the outskirts of Wuhan in order to curtail the epidemic.

Nearly two dozen countries outside of China have reported cases of the disease, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Spain, Thailand, Vietnam and France.

World Health Organization officials say that the spread of the disease may still be contained. Read the offical word from China Fish Expo below:

In response to the prevention and control of the disease outbreak and in order to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, China Fish 2020 (February 5-7, 2020, in Beijing) has to be postponed due to the new coronavirus in China. This decision is made by the show organizer according to an order issued by Beijing Municipal Government.

We are very apologizing for this change, and we will help you to get your China Fish hotel fee refund in China, as well as we are planning new day and place for the show according to the virus control in China.

We are very appreciated for your support and understanding.