Coronavirus: NBA suspends season

THE United States (US), National Basketball Association has suspended the season after a player tested positive for coronavirus, in the latest sporting casualty of the outbreak.
All games are suspended starting this Thursday after a player for the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for COVID-19.
The league said play would be suspended until further notice.
The test result was reported shortly before tipoff of Wednesday night’s game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, according to a statement from the NBA. The game was cancelled immediately.
The affected player was not in the arena at the time of cancellation. The NBA also announced that it would use the gap to determine its next steps.
A game between the Sacramento Kings and the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans was also suspended because one of the referees at the game had worked a Jazz game earlier in the week.
The move by the NBA is the biggest in the US to date in response to concerns about the spreading coronavirus. Earlier Wednesday, the NCAA said it would restrict attendance at its coming Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to staff and family.
The NBA playoffs are set to start in mid-April. Most teams have fewer than 20 games left in the regular season.
Sports and other live events across Europe and Asia have been cancelled or disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, with teams playing in empty stadiums as countries look to avoid mass gatherings and slow the spread of disease.
There is also great uncertainty hanging over the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the world’s biggest sporting event.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday labelled the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic for the first time, as the number of cases surged to 118,000 in 114 countries, with 4,291 deaths.