Concerns about coronavirus prompt tour officials to ban fans from attending next month’s Daikin Orchid Ladies tournament
Banned: From the LPGA of Japan Tour’s season-opening tournament, fans. The Daikin Orchid Ladies, which is scheduled for March 5-8 at Ryukyu Golf Club in Nanjo on Okinawa island, will be played as scheduled, but because of concerns about the widening coronavirus outbreak, fans have been prohibited, the tour announced this week. According to Kyodo News, a Japanese news cooperative, the move was made “to ensure the safety of the gallery, the players and volunteers.” Earlier this month, the LPGA announced the cancellation of its three-tournament Asia Swing, which would have made stops in Thailand, Singapore and China. Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon took a similar step with the annual race, limiting the March 1 event to 200 elite runners and banning roughly 38,000 other participants. Coronavirus, which recently was given the name covid-19, originated in Wuhan, China, late last year. It has killed more than 2,200 worldwide and infected 76,000, with more than 1,000 cases confirmed outside of China. Japan reported its first death last week. There is no vaccination nor any known cure for the flu-like respiratory infection.
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