Thursday, March 12, 2020
The NBA Officially Suspends 2020 Season Over Coronavirus Pandemic
The National Basketball Association has suspended the 2020 season over concerns of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a tweet from ESPN Senior NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
He added, “The NBA ‘will use hiatus to determine next steps moving forward,’ league says.”
The move comes shortly after it was revealed Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19. The test result was confirmed and reported just before the Jazz were about to play the Oklahoma City Thunder. Consequently, all games will be canceled until further notice.
Last month, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, which was initially identified in Wuhan, China. The CDC website explains, “The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel coronavirus’ or ‘2019-nCoV.'”
A recent update from the CDC states there are 938 cases in the United States with 29 fatalities in 39 states, including the District of Columbia.
So far, annual festivals such as SXSW and Ultra Music Festival in Miami have been canceled. The Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival has been postponed until October.