FIA “closely monitoring” Coronavirus epidemic

The FIA has confirmed that is is “closely monitoring” the Coronavirus epidemic, with the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix due to take place on April 19.

Since the outbreak of the virus, there have been 7,711 recorded cases of the infection confirmed and 172 deaths recorded.

As a result of the pandemic, travel restrictions have been imposed on a number of cities in the Humbei province and a number of countries have advised against non-essential travel to China.

The World Health Organisation is yet to classify the virus as a “medical emergency” but organisation’s emergency committee are meeting on Thursday to discuss the outbreak.

In addition to the Chinese Grand Prix, the situation in China could also have an impact on Formula E, who are due to hold their sixth round of the season in Sanya on March 21.

The World Indoor Athletics Championship that was due to take place in Nanjing from March 13 has already been cancelled as a result of Coronavirus.

A press release issued by the FIA said: “Following the coronavirus epidemic that broke out in China at the beginning of the year, the FIA is closely monitoring the evolving situation with relevant authorities and its Member Clubs, under the direction of FIA Medical Commission President, Professor GĂ©rard Saillant.

“The FIA will evaluate the calendar of its forthcoming races and, if necessary, take any action required to help protect the global motor sport community and the wider public.”