F1 & Formula E still planning Chinese events despite Coronavirus

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Upcoming Formula 1 and Formula E races in China are still expected to go ahead despite the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

The bug, which was tracked to the city of Wuhan, has already killed 50 people in the country with more than 2000 others infected and a further 40 cases diagnosed globally, as far away as the US and France.

A number of cities are being locked down to contain the spread and all major sports event have been cancelled until April.

That ban would seem to include the Formula E race in Sanya on March 21, however, a spokesman for the series claims this is not the case and a decision on any cancellation is still pending.

"As it stands, the race in Sanya on March 21 is still scheduled to go ahead as planned. The uncertainty stemmed from an incorrect statement issued locally in China, which published wrong and misleading information and has since been removed," they told Motorsport Week.

"Given the current health concerns, we are continuing to closely monitor the situation as it develops on a daily basis.

"We have requested that our regional partner works together with the local motorsport federation, to liaise with the relevant authorities in Hainan province to further analyse and assess the situation and provide recommendations on preparations for the race."

As for Formula 1, the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai is scheduled for April 19th and no official comment on any reconsideration of the race has been public at this point.