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London Marathon postponed until October

Virgin Money has announced the London Marathon will be postponed until October 4.

With the race due to take place April 26 the organisers took the extreme measure amid the growing fear over the coronavirus outbreak.

The London Marathon joins a long list of major sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed, including elite level football in the UK, as the virus hits Britain.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director, said: 'The world is in an unprecedented situation grappling with a global pandemic of COVID-19 and public health is everyone’s priority.'

The decision was made on the basis that the large crowds attracted to the event could aggravate the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

It comes after all Premier League and English Football League fixtures were been suspended until April 4 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

London Marathon director Brasher said the 'unprecedented situation' forced the change.

'We know how disappointing this news will be for so many - the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds and the millions who watch the race every year,' he said.

The measures come as the UK saw the largest day-on-day increase in Covid-19 cases since the outbreak began and Scotland recorded its first fatality related to the virus.

A total of 798 people in the UK have now tested positive for the virus - an increase of 208 people from the same time on Thursday.

Officials and shareholders from Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL came to a unanimous decision to halt fixtures at a meeting on Friday. The group said it "collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England".

Similar measures have also been taken by the Football Associations of Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

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