UAAP postpones sporting events starting February 15 due to coronavirus outbreak

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) — The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has decided to postpone all sporting events starting February 15 in light of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak.

According to a memo signed Wednesday by Season 82 President Em Fernandez and Excutive Director Rebo Saguisag, this move is to ensure the safety of the UAAP community.

"The University Athletic Association of the Philippines upholds, in the highest regard, the well- being, health and safety of the League’s community- players, coaches, students, their families and fans in general."

"In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UAAP, after thorough deliberation by the Board of Trustees and the Board of Managing Directors, have come to a decision to postpone all sporting events starting Saturday, 15 February."

The latest development will affect the opening of the volleyball tournament scheduled on February 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The UAAP said it "will monitor the coutry's situation in relation to the novel coronavirus outbreak in order to determine the resumption of the games."

With this, the league is calling for everyone to stay safe amid this outbreak.

"We ask for your understanding and your prayers for the safety of our community, our nation and all countries affected by this outbreak."

According to the Department of Health, the country has recorded three confirmed cases of COVID-19, including the first fatality outside mainland China.

The number "patients under investigation" for the virus has climbed to 408. Of them, 238 remain admitted in hospital while 165 have been discharged. Two others died due to unrelated causes.