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    The new strain of a pneumonia-type viral infection is quickly spreading across the nation and beyond. The number of those who have contracted the virus reportedly exceeds 7,000, while over 170 deaths have been registered in China alone.

    The Chinese Football Association (CFA) said Thursday that it would postpone all domestic tournaments due to the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus.

    According to the CFA, games at all levels will be suspended. The organization reportedly did not offer any information on when the tournaments might resume.

    On Wednesday, the World Athletics postponed the Indoor World Championships slated for March in Nanjing, China, until 2021, over concerns that athletes could be put at risk by competing in virus-hit China.

    The novel strain of coronavirus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. The virus has since spread within all of mainland China and to at least 18 other countries. The number of infected continues to grow and the World Health Organization (WHO) is mulling imposing a global health emergency.

    China's Wuhan is ground zero for the latest strain of the deadly coronavirus, dubbed 2019-nCoV, or more commonly the Wuhan coronavirus, prompting authorities around the globe to impose special screenings at airports for flu- and pneumonia-like symptoms, particularly for passengers arriving from China.

    A number of major international airlines announced the suspension of flights to and from China.

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