Beijing cancels large-scale Lunar New Year events over virus fears

People wear face masks as they wait for arriving passengers at Beijing Capital International Airport on Jan. 23, 2020. (Photo: AP)

Large-scale Lunar New Year events in Beijing have been cancelled as part of national efforts to control the spread of a new SARS-like virus, city authorities announced Thursday.

The city government said it would cancel events including temple fairs -- which have attracted massive crowds of tourists in past years -- “to strengthen prevention and support.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01