MOSCOW, April 17. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) has postponed indefinitely all track and field athletics tournaments scheduled for May over the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus, the RusAF press service announced on Friday.
According to the press service, a decision on the new dates of the five postponed tournaments next month will be made by the executive managing body of the Russian governing body of track and field athletics later in the year.
In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 by the WHO — have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 2,200,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 148,600 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 558,100 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.
To date, a total of 32,008 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 2,590 patients having recovered from the virus. Russia’s latest data indicates 273 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.