PHILADELPHIA – Penn Relays organizers are uncertain if the event will be held this year because of the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus.

The event is set for April 23-25, and as is customary, several Jamaican high schools teams are down to take part.

At midday Monday, 9 March, COVID-19 is in 111 countries. 113,584 confirmed cases with 3,996 deaths and *62,496 recovered.

But in a statement, Penn Relays organizers said: “The University of Pennsylvania is consistently monitoring the global outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).”

They said they are “working with experts across campus and coordinating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other government agencies. The University will update its existing pandemic planning procedures as needed with this fast-evolving situation.

The release said: “Penn Athletics has not cancelled any home events or enacted any spectator restrictions due to the current novel coronavirus concerns at this time. Travellers and visitors to campus are always encouraged to practice good hand hygiene to limit the spread of germs and illnesses.

“As conditions evolve, the University will continue to review, update, and publicize its travel and event policies. Should changes to the schedule be necessary, this story will be updated.

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