It looks like the organisers behind the hotly-anticipated Expo 2020 are considering a postponement in the wake of Coronavirus, proposing a one-year delay to overcome the pandemic.
Expo 2020 organisers considering one-year delay
Nearly seven years have gone into Dubai preparing to welcome the world at Expo 2020, but all the ongoing efforts came to standstill due to the novel Coronavirus, leading to city-wide shutdowns, airlines suspending flights and companies cutting on operations. The impact is everywhere around us. Considering the COVID-19 crisis, Expo’s Steering Committee is proposing a one-year delay to The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
Development towards Expo 2020 on track until mid-March
Even though the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) confirmed its first case in late February, development towards the Expo 2020 didn’t stop until the last one week saw drastic rises in Coronavirus cases in the UAE, leading to the postponement decision. According to Reuters, an Expo 2020 spokesperson said they’re “closely monitoring ongoing developments and taking sensible precautions to manage and mitigate the risk to all those involved in the Expo” and “will continue on track.”
Photograph credit: Dubai Media Office
664 Coronavirus cases in the UAE
53 new Coronavirus cases were confirmed in the UAE, taking the tally to a staggering 664. To combat the outbreak, The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) launched a string of healthcare centres situated across the northern emirates and are open around the clock. Here are the locations:
(Featured photograph credit: Dubai Media Office)