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Russian boxing chief says WBC Congress in St. Petersburg under question over COVID-19

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The 2020 Congress of the World Boxing Council (WBC), which was planned to be organized this year in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on August 23-30, may be rescheduled in view of the current developments over the novel coronavirus global spread, Umar Kremlev, the secretary general of the Russian Boxing Federation (RBF), told TASS on Wednesday.

"Everything is possible," Kremlev said in an interview with TASS. "However, we will be making a decision on this issue in view of the novel coronavirus developments."

COVID-19 Global Spread

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown etiology in Wuhan, an economic and industrial megalopolis with a population of 11 million.

The virus was identified on January 7 as 2019-nCoV. The World Health Organization declared in January that the new coronavirus outbreak was a public health emergency of international concern, characterizing it as an epidemic with multiple locations.

On February 11, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the organization gave the novel coronavirus an official name of COVID-19. On March 11, the World Health Organization officially stated that the continuously spreading novel coronavirus was a global pandemic.

As of today, 196 countries and territories reported confirmed coronavirus cases. According to the latest reports, over 436,480 cases of patients infected with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide. The virus’ death toll has reached 19,643, yet more than 111,880 patients have recovered from the disease.